Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pinoy Teen Wins in Global Film Competition


A film with no frills, glitz or glamour... but a Winner!
Simple but Powerful

MANILA, Philippines - "An 18-year-old Filipino student is one of the three winners in this year's Faith Shorts, a global film competition by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Paulo Reyes' "First Steps to Recovery" won in the Family category of the competition, where budding filmmakers aged 14 to 18 years old were made to express their thoughts on the theme "Let me show you how my faith inspires me."

The short film tells the story of a journalist who was inspired by the strong faith of a boy who is suffering from cancer.

The two other winning films of Faith Shorts 2011 include "Muhammad in Accrington... Inspiring Me" by Amna Islam of the United Kingdom (Action category) and "Be the Change You Want to See" by Nadim Merrikh of Canada (Musical category).

The entries were judged by Tony Blair, Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Jet Li, Bollywood star Anil Kapoor and former FOX Studios president Sherry Lansing, among others.

"This new generation holds the potential to help turn the tide against rebellious tensions, building unity to counter those who see faith as a source of division and conflict," Blair said, referring to year's contestants.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said: "I and my fellow countrymen look forward to watching more of your films in the future."

"Congratulations, Paulo. The Philippines is behind you," he added."

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