5-8 February 2001


   Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw
   Biyaheng Langit
   Laro sa Baga
   Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya

   Jerry Lopez Sineneng
   Joel Lamangan
   Joyce Bernal
   Rory Quintos
   Tikoy Aguiluz
   Chito Roño
   Maryo J. de los Reyes
   Jeffrey Jeturian

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Amable “Tikoy” Aguiluz VI is one of the leading figures in the alternative cinema movement in the Philippines. A product of the University of the Philippines (Comparative Literature and Fine Arts), he is acknowledged as the co-founder in 1976 of UP Film Center where he served until 1990 as Assistant Director. He was a recipient of the John D. Rockefeller III Grant to study filmmaking at the New York University and film archiving at the Library of Congress Film Archives in Washington, DC and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A British Council Grant led to further film studies and training in film archiving at the British Film Institute. He had worked in various capacities for film projects with other important Filipino directors his senior, including the late National Artist Lino Brocka. He first made his mark with the 15-minute documentary, Mt. Banahaw, Holy Mountain. The film won Silver Trophy at the prestigious Young Filmmakers of Asia Festival in Iran. Tikoy plunged into full-length feature in 1984 with the acclaimed Boatman. It was exhibited at the 1985 London Film Festival where it was cited as the outstanding film of the year. It went on to be shown in Berlin, Montreal, Rotterdam, Tunisia and other major festivals such as the Empire and Memory Series of the Guggenheim Museum. Tikoy followed up Boatman several years later in 1995 with his own version of the story of the ill-fated household helper Flor Contemplacion in the equally acclaimed docu-drama entitled Bagong Bayani, OCW. The film traveled to Hong Kong, Fribourg, Hawaii, among other film cities. In 1998, it was part of the Lincoln Center’s showcase on Philippine cinema in celebration of the Centennial of Philippine Independence. After Bagong Bayani, Tikoy made Segurista (Dead Sure, 1996) which was picked as the official Philippine entry to Oscars (the US Academy Awards) for the Best Foreign-Language Film category. The same film bagged for Tikoy the Gawad Urian (the local film critics award) for Best Director as well as for Best Picture. Segurista toured international film festivals in Toronto, Singapore and others. Tikoy’s next venture, Rizal sa Dapitan (1997)—the historical film on the national hero’s poignant exile—swept the Manila Film Festival. It likewise dominated the Star Awards given by the Philippine Movie Press Club and the year’s derby for the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences. When it competed in the 1998 Brussels International Film Festival (Festival International du Film Independant), it was conferred the Grand Jury Prize in addition to the Best Actor award for lead star Albert Martinez who essayed the title role. As of the last count, Rizal sa Dapitan has a total of staggering 28 awards of distinction. Rizal sa Dapitan continues to tour film capitals and has so far reached some 27 overseas destinations. Among the numerous places that Tikoy’s films have reached, Toronto, Canada is to be noted for hosting the acclaimed works of the multi-awarded filmmaker thrice. Rizal sa Dapitan, Segurista and an early documentary, Father Balweg, Rebel Priest, have also been featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. A retrospective of Tikoy’s films also bannered once the Film Podium in Zurich, Switzerland. Tikoy is also credited as the chief creative force behind the Annual Cinemanila International Film Festival inaugurated in 1999.

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