WOLFPAC Films, a Cebu-based film production company, won best film in Sparta XLII, Ottawa Film Festival 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.
The short film The Waves, produced by Hannah Ybalez and Wolfpac, also won Best Story, said Christian Lat, the film’s director, in an e-mail to Sun.Star Cebu.
Angela Gilstrap, 10, also won the Best Actress award.
“The amazing thing is she’s only 10 years old and she goes to school at the University of San Jose-Recoletos,” Lat said of Gilstrap.
“This (Sparta XLII) is one of the biggest film festivals in Ottawa, Canada and they had really good films. We weren’t expecting to win major awards. We’re just proud that Filipino films could really make a mark overseas,” said Lat, whose group WULF, also made films that won in festivals in the country and Japan. The group comprises mostly graduates of the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT).
WULF’s other film Redlights has also been accepted in film festivals in Rome, Italy and San Francisco, USA.
“There is hope in Filipino cinema not only in mainstream but also independent film-making,” said Lat.
Making a movie is definitely not a piece of cake, IAFT senior acting teacher Alex Murphy can tell anyone that.