MANILA – “Pusong Bato,” directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar, was named the best short film at the 2015 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held last Saturday.
“To see that the identity of the filmmaker is coming through the movie is a major consideration,” Cinemalaya jury member Carlitos Siguion-Reyna said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
“Aside from the story and the quality, it is also the impression that the jury gets from the film, whether or not it connects with its audience,” Siguion-Reyna added.
“Pusong Bato” was about the amorous relationship of a woman with a rock. Among 10 finalists, the unique romantic movie prevailed.
“We deliberated and eventually came up with a compromise. The winners were those that stood out,” Cinemalaya jury member Mes de Guzman said in the same report.
Escobar, for her part, was overwhelmed receiving the award.
“I’ve been going to the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) to watch films at the Cinemalaya for five years. I’m overwhelmed that I’m receiving this now,” she said.