September 30, 2008
Unitel Productions’s Inang Yaya (Mother Nanny) on Sunday won the Children’s Jury Award in the 4th International Children’s Film Festival held in Tel Aviv, Israel.
A statement from the Foreign Affairs Department said that the film starring Maricel Soriano was chosen by the children who composed the official jury of the festival.
The child jurors explained they gave Inang Yaya the award because they were able to identify themselves in the movie.
Inang Yaya was the featured film at the opening ceremonies of the film festival at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque on September 24.
A special screening of Inang Yaya for the Filipino community was held after the closing ceremonies on September 27. The Filipino community in Israel came in droves to show their support for the film.
Michal Matus, festival director, hailed the Filipino film as one of the best films shown in the four years of the festival.
“The exposure to content dealing with children and families combined artistic and educational value is an important milestone, both currently and in the future,” Matus said.
The Tel Aviv International Children’s Festival is aimed at increasing awareness of the needs and dreams of the younger generation, to deepen their viewing grasp and contribute to the lively cultural dialogue among countries in the world.
The Festival likewise awarded two individual prizes during the conclusion of the event to films from Germany and the Netherlands.
Max Minsky and Me from Germany received the Adult Jury Award while Dunya and Daisy from the Netherlands received the Cisej (A Canadian Organization supporting Children’s Welfare) Award.
On behalf of Unitel Productions, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Petronila Garcia accepted the award from Gila Almagor, First Lady of the Israeli Theater and Cinema.