Fil-Am Movie ‘The Year I Did Nothing’ Wins Best Drama at 2019 IFS Film Festival

The Fil-Am movie The Year I Did Nothing has been honored with the Best Drama Award at the 2019 Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) Film Festival.

Written and directed by Fil-Am filmmaker Ana Barredo, “The Year I Did Nothing” is set in 1985 Manila, where 3 siblings spend an extended summer waiting to immigrate to America, while their country gets ready to evict their homeland’s notorious dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Although the story takes place in Manila, Barredo shot her latest indie movie all over Los Angeles. The movie’s poster was from a scene they shot in an alley in Echo Park that closely resembles Manila. “We even rented a jeepney (one of 10 in existence in the entire USA) to add authenticity to the movie,” Barredo said in a recent interview. The movie stars Filipino-native actors Nora Lapena, Jared Xander Silva, Faith Toledo, Rhandy Santos and Maria Noble. Some exteriors for the film were shot in Manila and via clever filmmaking techniques, Barredo was able to seamlessly integrate the location work with the rest of the Los Angeles-shot footage.

Regarding her long, personal journey on this project, Barredo stated the following: “In 2003, I wrote The Year I Did Nothing with the intention of shooting it on location in the Philippines. Unfortunately, weeks before the start of production, our funding fell through and we never made the movie. In 2018, I revisited my script and realized that its theme feels more relevant now than ever before, in light of what’s going on in the world. Given my personal connection with the story, I became more determined than ever, to shoot my 15-year old script.”

This year’s IFS Awards will be presented at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles on May 18, 2019. Immediately following the Award Ceremony is the World Premiere of The Year I Did Nothing at the LA Live Regal Cinemas.

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