South Korea District’s Sandalan wins big in regional INCinema Awards

By HYANELLE LUNDAY and VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: October 11, 2022

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Sandalan, the film entry of the Ecclesiastical District of South Korea, won 13 awards in the recently concluded regional INCinema Awards 2022 held last September 17, 2022.

The multi-awarded film vied other Christian-themed movies produced by the ecclesiastical districts of Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Taiwan South, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan.

Sandalan, whose title is a Filipino word that means “backrest” or “support”, tells the story of how married couple Miguel and Celine bucked any odd by supporting each other. When, after a car crash, selective amnesia robbed Miguel of his memories of Celine, her love and commitment to her husband was put to the test.

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The film bagged the following awards: Best Film, Best in Promoting Christian Values, Best in Production Design, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best in Cinematography, Best in Editing, Best in Trailer, Best in Screenplay, and Best in Sound Design.

For the awarding ceremony, the cast and crew of Sandalan gathered at a single venue and connected virtually to the host site, the Nagoya, Japan District.

Nagoya, Japan’s Kore Kara (From This) got the Best in Musical Score, Best in Film Poster, and other two awards. Byahe (journey, travel) of Taiwan District clinched the Best in Original Theme Song while Panalangin (prayer) of Hong Kong District bagged the Best Child Performer award.

INCinema is a brainchild of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ). Launched in 2012, the project has seen ecclesiastical districts all over the world produce short films that promote Christian values. Since 2013, INCinema Awards has served as an avenue for the recognition and appreciation of the talents and dedications of the brethren involved in the said project. — With reports from INC News Section