3 September 2008 | 8:57 AM
Anna Isabelle Matutina won the Miglior Montaggio or Best Editing Award for Richard Legaspi’s short film “Ambulancia” at the 14th San Gio International Video Festival held recently in the Courtyard of the Old Court, Scaligeri Palaces of Verona, Italy.
The good news was relayed to Legaspi via email by San Gio festival director Ugo Brusaporco. The festival (http://www.sangiofestival.it), an international extension of video and images in motion, was judged by Spanish actress Maria Jesus Hoyos, critic Juan Ferrer, Italian actor Alain Libolt, actress Donatella Mei, and writer Vanessa Picciarelli.
Alen Drlievic’s “Esma” (Bosnia – Herzegovina), which tells the lasting search of a woman named Esma for her missing husband, who was abducted by the Bosnian Serb Army inside a United Nations peace camp, won the grand prize Miglior Video or Best Video Award.
The other winners are Nebojša Slijepcevic’s “Za 4 Godine” / “In 4 Years” (Croatia) for Best Direction, Milos Tomic’s “Plivnuti Polibkem” / “Splitted by Kiss” (Czech Republic) for Best Screenplay, Tibor Banoczki’s “Milk Teeth” (United Kingdom) for Best Animation, Ragnar Neljandi of Mari-Liis Bassovskaja’s and Jelena Girlin’s “Kleit” / “The Dress” (Estonia) for Best Cinematography, Ollie Davis of Sally Arthur’s “A-Z” (United Kingdom) for Best Music, Rikke Lyllof of Anna Goldblum Treiman’s “Gaven” / “The Gift” (Denmark) for Best Interpretation, and Jadwiga Kowalska’s “Tãt ou tard” (Switzerland) for the Soave Ways Award.
“Ambulancia,” which tells of a painful twist in an ambulance driver’s belief that a dying patient can be saved by running over stray animals on the street, was also selected as one of ten finalists in the Open Category of Silvershorts, the short film competition section of the 3rd .MOV International Digital Film Festival (www.movfest.com), which will run from September 24 to October 7 in selected Robinsons Movieworld cinemas.
Aside from Ambulancia, also vying for the P100,000 grand prize in the Silvershorts Open are Jan Philippe “JP” Carpio’s “VTR,” Antoinette Jadaone’s “Saling Pusa,” Milo Tolentino’s “Andong,” Jose Maria Basa’s “Ampo,” Ray Gibraltar’s “Tiangge,” J.I.E. Teodoro’s “The Prayer,” CJ Andaluz’s “Nekro,” Ramon del Prado’s “Libingan,” and Leo Valencia’s “#cafe.”
Matutina and Legaspi are both part of the Katorse Writers Group, graduates of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop for film and television (katorseshorts.wordpress.com). The latter, a faculty of the University of the East College of Fine Arts, is a fellow of the 2007 Asian Film Academy, an educational program of the Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea, while the former is also an independent filmmaker and a freelance editor for film and television.
“Ambulancia” will next compete in the 10th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Greece, 14th Bite the Mango Film Festival in the United Kingdom, and 11th Pyongyang International Film Festival in North Korea. It earlier won the grand prize in the Viva – Pinoy Box Office (PBO) Digitales 2 short film competition and the best short narrative film in the first Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health. It also competed in the 32nd Open-Air Film Festival Weiterstadt in Germany and 5th Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece.