Dumadaan man sa krisis ang movie industry na affected ng COVID-19 pandemic, good news ang sumalubong sa producers ng pelikulang “Kalel, 15” dahil panalo bilang Best Actor ang bida nitong si Elijah Canlas sa 17th Asian Film Festival na naganap sa Rome, Italy.
Ito ay para sa kanyang performance sa highly-acclaimed movie na “Kalel, 15” na idinirek ni Jun Lana. Ang “Kalel, 15” ay tungkol sa isang binata na anak ng pari at naging HIV positive.
As I was preparing for my role in #Kalel15, I learned that the Philippines has been ranked as the country with the fastest growing number of HIV cases in the world. Some of the factors that affect this HIV epidemic, especially among the youth are: Low level of knowledge on how HIV is transmitted and prevented. Existing laws are prohibitive. Low participation or engagement of the youth sector in policy-making. The lack of safe spaces, particularly adolescent health facilities. Let’s educate ourselves and each other. Don’t let HIV taint your love. Get tested and stay protected with @durex_ph . #AlwaysComePrepared #NoOneWayLoveAllWays #DurexPh #HIVAwareness #PrideMonth
Magandang timing ito sa career ni Kalel na sikat ngayon dahil sa online Boys’ Love o BL series na “Gameboys”.
Narito ang full congratulatory message ng Idea First Company para kay Elijah:
“CONGRATULATIONS Elijah Canlas for winning the BEST ACTOR award at the 17th Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy for Jun Robles Lana's KALEL, 15! You make the Idea First Company family and the #GameboysTheSeries global community very proud!”
Proud at nagbahagi din ng congratulatory message ni direk Perci Intalan, na co-founder ng IdeaFirst, para sa young actor.
“We're all so proud of you Elijah Canlas! Jun and I want to say thank you once again to Jane Jimenez Basas, Sienna Olaso, Vitto Lazatin, Guido Zaballero and all of Cignal Entertainment with Isabel Arañez Santillan for producing KALEL, 15 with us! Congratulations Ferdy Lapuz, Jen Mauricio, Carlo Canlas Mendoza, Benjamin Tolentino and all of Team KALEL, 15!”
Proud moment. Our director and my manager, @junrobleslana, won best director at the @tallinnblacknightsff for our film #Kalel15! He’s only the second filipino to ever win best director in an A-list film festival. I have so much love and respect for this man and his brilliance. It’s an honour to share this moment with you, @dcarlomen, and @ferdy_lapuz. This film is amazing, you truly deserve this award, direk. 🐺 — — Big thanks to @iseegab for styling me and making me look dapper in this tux! #GabbyWuStyles #PhilippineCinema #PinoyRepresent @theideafirstcompany — photos from #PÖFF23