‘Transit’ is Chosen as PH’s Official Entry to 2014 Oscars

The biggest winner in this year's Cinemalaya Film Festival under the new breed category--"Transit"--has been chosen to become the official entry of the Philippines to the Annual Academy Awards otherwise known as the Oscars.

Cinemalaya Transit

Leo Martinez, the head of Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), announced on Wednesday that “Transit” won by 1 vote against close rivals Erik Matti’s “On The Job” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” to become the country’s official entry to the Oscars. The deciding vote came from Peque Gallaga, the head of the selection committee, after the three films mentioned above figured in a three-way tie.

To wit, the other committee members are actors Robert Arevalo & Gina Alajar, editor Jess Navarro, directors Elwood Perez, Jose Carreon and Willie Mayo.

Transit Scene

Helmed by rookie director Hannah Espia, “Transit” won Best Picture in the New Breed category of the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. It also bagged the awards for Best Actress (Irma Adlawan), Best Supporting Actress (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), Best Cinematography (Ber Cruz), Best Editing (Benjamin Tolentino, Espia), and Best Original Music Score (Mon Espia).

“Transit” had its commercial run last week at the Ayala Malls Cinemas.


5 Comments on ‘Transit’ is Chosen as PH’s Official Entry to 2014 Oscars

  1. dami naman complaints ng mga fans ni Nora. Boring kaya ang Thy Womb. Napanood ko sa pirated dvd na pull out kase sa mga sinehan due to poor audience attendance.

  2. that movie shows Filipinos in Israel…why dont they show Filipinos in the Philippines….the story seems to be complex and complicated, at ang walang katapusang pag poportray ng mga pinoy OFWs, na wala naman talagang malinaw na solusyon ….bakit hindi na lang ang simplicity at humility ng mga pinoys sa sarili nilang bansa…

  3. Style BULOK! // September 19, 2013 at 8:29 am //

    i agree with rocco, sana OTJ na lang pinadala kasi umingay na sya sa Cannes Film Festival so mas mapapansin sya sa Oscars. Goodluck na rin!

  4. They should have chosen OTJ. We all know pera-pera din ang Oscars. Pag walang promotion sa entry, hindi yan mapapansin man lang ng mga taga Academy. At least with OTJ may ABS-CBN Star Cinema back up.

  5. I am happy that Transit was chosen to represent the Philippines sa Oscars. Ok maganda ang OJT pero ang style ng direction ay copyang copya sa mga holywood films. Exaggerated ang ibang mga eksena. I have seen only the trailer of Transit but it seems a good movie. I attended the awards night of Cinemalaya about 7 weeks ago at the CCP. Oh my, they have such a cult there… the new breed of filmmakers who aspires their movies to be screen on mainstream. Its a pity that only a few are given the chance to get shown on commercial theaters.

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