WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Busong,” a critically-acclaimed Filipino independent film on the vanishing Palawan tribe in the Philippines, won the grand prize in the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Festival here.
According to the Philippine Embassy, “Busong,” which stars Filipina actress Alessandra de Rossi, was among 25 that was chosen from more than 300 films that National Geographic considered for the All Roads Film Festival.
The festival was launched in 2004 to provide a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.
“Busong” premiered last year at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight section and won Best Director, Best Sound Design, and Best Musical Score at Cinemalaya 2011′s Directors Showcase category. It also received the International Federation of Film Critics International Critics Prize at the Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the International Competition Tomorrow’s Cinema Award at the 38th Brussels International Independent Film Festival in Belgium.
The screening of “Busong,” was co-sponsored by the Philippine Embassy, which was represented by First Secretary and Consul Emil Fernandez, First Secretary and Consul Elmer Cato and Second Secretary and Consul Angelito Nayan.###