Fan Girl emerged as the big winner at the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night held Sunday, December 27.
Fan Girl, a coming-of-age film about an obsessed teenaged fan who finds herself stuck inside a mansion with her celebrity idol for one night and learns "exactly why they say never meet your heroes," bagged a total of eight awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.
Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon, who top billed Fan Girl, won the top film acting prizes, while Antoinette Jadaone, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie, was named Best Director.
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Paulo Avelino of 'FanGirl'— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) December 27, 2020
'Pinapanalangin ko na umayos na ang lahat, kumapit lang tayo.... na giginhawa ulit ang pamumuhay natin.
This is for you Aki.' pic.twitter.com/2jv573qdNR
Dizon: 'Hindi ko alam kung makakagawa pa ko ng ganitong klaseng pelikula. Paulo thank you, siya yung naging partner ko dito at sinuportahan Niya ako. Dati pinapangarap ko lang po maging artista at makatapak lang po dito, sana po proud sa akin ang mga magulang ko. pic.twitter.com/EJ4CbwVIFf— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) December 27, 2020
In her acceptance speech, Antoinette, who is known for her hit films Never Not Love You and Alone/Together, said: "Sana lagi nating isipin na palakihin natin ang mga kabataan sa mapagpalayang Pilipinas, na ang kabataan ng pag-asa ng bayan at tayong mga matatanda ang dapat nagbibigay sa kabataan nito sa Pilipinas ng dapat nilang hangaan."
HAPPENING NOW: The virtual 'Gabi ng Parangal' of the MMFF 2020, live on the official FB page of MMFF. Pre-show just wrapped up and the best virutal float winners:— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) December 27, 2020
3rd - 'Fan girl'
2nd - 'Isa Pang Bahaghari'
1st - 'Magikland' pic.twitter.com/jRgHYckYXb
Below is the full list of those who won at the 2020 MMFF awards night:
Best Picture: Fan Girl
Second place: The Boy Foretold By The Stars
Third place: Tagpuan
Best Director: Antoinette Jadaone (Fan Girl)
Best Actress: Charlie Dizon (Fan Girl)
Best Actor: Paulo Avelino (Fan Girl)
Best Supporting Actress: Shaina Magdayao (Tagpuan)
Best Supporting Actor: Michael de Mesa (Isa Pang Bahaghari)
Best Screenplay: Fan Girl (Antoinette Jadaone)
FPJ Memorial Award: Magikland
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Suarez: The Healing Priest
Gender Sensitivity Award: The Boy Foretold By The Stars
Best Cinematography: Fan Girl (Neil Daza)
Best Editing: Fan Girl (Benjamin Tolentino)
Best Production Design: Magikland (Ericson Navarro)
Best Visual Effects: Magikland (Richard Francia, Ryan Grimarez of Central Digital Lab)
Best Original Theme Song: The Boy Foretold by the Stars (“Ulan” by Jhay Cura/Pau Protacio)
Best Musical Score: Magikland (Emerzon Texon)
Best Sound: Fan Girl (Vincent Villa)
Best Child Performer: Seiyo Masunaga (The Missing)
Best Student Film: Paano Maging Babae (De La Salle College of St. Benilde)
Best Virtual Float: Magikland (1st place),
Second place: Isa Pang Bahaghari
Third place: Fan Girl
Manay Ichu Memorial Award: Gloria Romero
Special Jury Prize: Peque Gallaga