The Excellence in Visual Media Awards (EVM Awards) for the year 2021 was held at the Iglesia Ni Cristo Museum, Quezon City, Philippines on October 31, 2021. The Church’s annual awarding event for aspiring filmmakers and film artists who joined this year’s INCinema was streamed live on all the media platforms, from TV, Radio, and Internet.
From around the world, brethren belonging to the INCinema teams of their respective district gathered at designated venues to witness the awarding ceremony; other brethren witnessed the occasion from the comfort of their homes.
Before the announcement of winners, Brother Joel San Pedro, minister of the Gospel, read the message from the Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, extending his thanks to the members of each district’s INCinema production and screening committee, Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers, presenters, adjudicators, actors, production staff, participants, and all those who support INCinema.
Part of the letter reads, “It makes me very happy that in this year’s INCinema competition which carries the theme: ‘Put all your hope in the grace that will be yours,’ 176 ecclesiastical districts around the world sent worthy film entries. I commend the dedication and diligence of all brethren who contributed in one way or another in producing this worthwhile media content.”
In total, 57 EVM Awards, in various categories, were handed out. The 2021 EVM Award for Best Film was bagged by “Hanggang Sa Huling Hininga,” the entry of the Ecclesiastical District of Lingayen, Pangasinan. The same film was also awarded the People’s Choice Award. Sharing the message and story of fellow deaf brethren’s whereabouts in life truly made everyone’s heart inspired and catch the audience attentions that made the film the best of all entries.
The award for the film adjudged as the Best in Promoting Christian Values went to “Hanggang sa Muli Nating Pagkikita,” of the Ecclesiastical District of Rizal. The film is about Carlos, a self-made businessman, and Bo, a good-hearted young man. The two will forge a friendship and find out for themselves, through the twists and turns in their lives, “the step by step process” so that a man will receive salvation.
Acting awards were awarded to the following: Mark Jayson Abranilla, Best Actor for Lingayen, Pangasinan’s “Hanggang Sa Huling Hininga”; Marge Gumapac, Best Actress for Southern Ontario’s “One Thirteen”; Geno Marc Monsanto, Best Child Performer for UAE South’s “Blessing In Disguise”; Teresita Yco, Best Supporting Actress for Pampanga North’s “Biyahe”; and Ely Pascual II, Best Supporting Actor for Isabela West’s “Haligi.”
The Best Director award went to Leveriza De Jesus of Southern Ontario for the film “One Thirteen,” while Best Screenplay was awarded to Abigail Venturanza of Rizal, for “Hanggang sa Muli Nating Pagkikita.” The other winners for other categories are as follows: Crisanto de Jesus, Best Film Editing for “One Thirteen” (Southern Ontario); Eiji Laine Planas, Best in Production Design for “Sapatero,” (Metro Manila East); Gearren Geñorga, Best Cinematography for “Hanggang sa Muli Nating Pagkikita,” (Rizal); and Orvin Jorge Ligad and Ethyl Mae Bahala, Best Makeup and Costume Design for “Katabang 2,” (Davao City).
“Biyahe” of Pampanga North got the award for Best Behind the Scene (BTS); “Sikad” of Zamboanga del Norte, Best Film Trailer; “Kintsugi” of Nagoya, Japan, Best Film Poster; and “Alpas (Take Me Home)” of Davao Del Sur, Best Original Theme Song.
The first EVM Awards was held in 2013. ― With reports from INC PC YouTube channel