LICEAN FILMMAKER JOE BACUS BAGS AWARDS IN FILIPINO INTERNATIONAL CINE FESTIVAL
Joeromer E. Bacus, Liceo Communications and Promotions’ filmmaker and Communication faculty, bagged several awards in the 30th Annual Filipino Arts and Cinema International Festival (FACINE) for his work Markado, The Moon Devourer, which is an independent full-length feature film screened internationally.
Held in San Francisco, California, USA and concluded on November 12, 2023, the festival featured eight films that were evaluated by three jurists that included Julia Lesage, a pioneer of experimental filmmaking and feminist documentary theory; Irene Soriano, a Los Angeles-based writer and film programmer; and Pavel Vondra, a Czech journalist.
Bacus won the following awards: Gold for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION, Gold for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING, and Particularly Noteworthy for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING FOR FILM.
His film, which follows the story of a courier for small-time drug dealers, also won awards in other categories – Silver for OUTSTANDING FILM, Silver for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE, Silver for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SECONDARY ROLE, Gold for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL DESIGN, and Silver for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AURAL DESIGN.
FACINE is the longest-running festival of Filipino films held outside the country.