Nora Aunor, Eddie Garcia nominated for 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival
Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia — lead stars of the two Filipino films currently reaping the most accolades in the international festival circuit — have received acting nominations from the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival to be held in Macau next month.
Aunor is nominated as Best Actress for her performance in “Thy Womb”, while Garcia is nominated as Best Actor for his role in “Bwakaw”, the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Oscars next year.
The news was relayed on Thursday by the Facebook account of Aunor’s film “Thy Womb”, which posted reports from Chinese news websites.
The Asia Pacific Film Festival is a Chinese initiative and should not be mistaken for the Australia-based Asia Pacific Screen Awards where Aunor won best actress honors last week, coupled with a directing award for “Thy Womb” director Brillante Mendoza.
Fourteen awards will be given out at the festival, which used to be the premier cinematic event in Asia. It has been eclipsed in the last decade by Taiwan’s Golden Horses Awards and the Hong Kong-based Asian Film Awards.
In February it was announced that the festival would be held for nine days in September in Shanghai. That would have marked the first time the festival would be held in mainland China in its 57-year history.
Organizers canceled it in July after a misunderstanding with the Chinese government but finally decided to go ahead and stage the festival at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel from December 13 to 16.