Scene from “An Sadit na Planeta”

The Bikolano short film “An Sadit na Planeta,” which follows the adventures of a man as he explores a little planet, won the best short narrative film award at the recent 15th Belize International Film Festival in Belize, Central America.

The festival, which highlights contemporary issues, such as poverty and abuse, ran from Nov. 5 to Nov. 14.

Unique, nice blend

“The ‘Little Planet’ was filmed during the pandemic. At that time, I felt that my world is getting smaller while worries are getting bigger, but this recognition is telling me otherwise,” Arjanmar Rebeta said in his acceptance speech that was streamed during the awards ceremony.

“I hope, especially these days, we can create a compassionate and understanding world for everyone. Let us make everyone’s little planet a better and secure place,” the filmmaker added.

The award was presented by jury member Maite Bonilla, who said Rebeta’s film stood out from among the rest for a lot of reasons. “It was shot using a 360 camera, which made it completely interesting and innovative. The depth of the story has such significance, and to see it in that lens made it even more powerful,” she pointed out.

“It had a very interesting display because we were in between of whether this is animation or a short narrative. For me, it had a nice unique blend. You know what? It worked! Keep doing what you’re doing, because we loved it,” Bonilla said.

The film won three recognitions in August when it participated in the 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival: Netpac Jury Prize, Special Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award.

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