Once Upon a Time in Tokyo – Best Film & Best Actress Award For "Mai Nakano" (Japan)
One of the safest, most vital, cosmopolitan cities in the world, Tokyo also has the power to alienate individuals and suffocate them as they pursue their own desires. Over the course of 24 hours, five characters will make choices and face dilemmas as they try to cope with yet another day suffocating in such a world. Their lives will intersect as the story builds to a tragic climax for some and liberation for others.
The Man Behind The White Guitar – Best Documentary Feature Award (United States)
A spectrum of people, voices, and textures, “The Man Behind the White Guitar” is a film about the musical life of Brazilian guitarist José Pires de Almeida Neto. His music and energy have been behind major world musicians, including Harry Belafonte and Steve Winwood, as well as Brazilian greats, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. His diverse musical journey from Brazil to the United States and England and deep life challenges have taught him the values of loyalty, devotion, and positive vision that speak through his sounds and performing spirit. He’s touched the lives of the most unsuspecting fans worldwide.
THE HONEY TRAPPER – Best Web Series (United States)
After following her heart on a path that went awry, Leila returns to San Antonio fiery and determined to guide the reins of her honey-trapping business to a new level. With changes and growth come new challenges: a life-changing discovery of information withheld for years, an inquisitive new assistant, a suspiciously paranoid Charlie, a difficult client with arduous demands, and an unlikely work ally. This season Leila will be put to her own tests of trust and integrity. How will she choose? -Series created by: Felise Garcia
HOMECOMING – Best Short Film Award (Philippines)
The movie centers on the Ibanag tribe and the corn farmers of the City of Ilagan, Isabela. The tribe leader Tatang has three kids but were separated when a big flood hit the area. The kids named Mario, Dario and Rico survived the flood but were saved by other families. Mario, the eldest became a doctor while Dario ended up as an engineer. The youngest Rico was not swept from afar by the flood so he stays in the tribe with his father. Before the death of Tatang, he was hopeful to see his two other sons. The family got reunited when a tragedy happened. The film stresses about family relationship despite the separation. Being proud of our roots despite the successes we’re enjoying was also tackled in the movie. Ilagan being the country’s corn capital, “Mammangi” shows the vast corn fields of the City of Ilagan and the close relationship between the Ibanag tribe and other corn farmers.