MANILA, Philippines - Despite its bittersweet finish in last year's Metro Manila Film Festival race, actor Albert Martinez's directorial debut has been nominated in an international award-giving body.
According to Pilipino Star Ngayon, the drama film "Rosario," starring Jennylyn Mercado, made it to list of nominees in the 14th Shanghai Film Festival.
The movie, featuring the life of Filipino business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, is vying for "Best Film" as well as "Best Director," also known "Jury Prix" awards.
The Shanghai Film Festival, which will be held on June 11-19, features the most-coveted Golden Goblet Award and the Asian New Talent Award.
This year's festival will be judged by American director Barry Levinson, Vietnamese-French director Anh Hung Tran, British screenwriter Christopher Hampton, Japanese director Yoichi Sai, Spanish actress Paz Vega, Chinese director Wang Quanan, and Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu.
Aside from "Rosario," Indie film "Halaw" by Sheron Dayoc, is another Philippine entry in the festival.