Storyline wins New York Festivals

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2011 11:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2011 05:46 PM

CREATED by Patricia Evangelista and Paolo Villaluna
DIRECTOR and EDITOR Paolo Villaluna WRITER and EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Patricia Evangelista

CINEMATOGRAPHER Manie Magbanua Jr. PRODUCTION MANAGER Bernice Ilagan
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Raymund Amonoy ASSISTANT EDITOR Jippy Pascua OPERATIONS MANAGER Nicole Revita
GUEST COORDINATION Katherine Visconti VIDEO RESEARCH Biena Magbitang
GAFFER Adonis de la Cruz AUDIO Nestor Fuentes TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Vincent Dario
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Nicole Magay and Bea Bermundo


ANC’s documentary series "Storyline" took home silver and bronze medals from the 2011 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards documentary series category.

The New York Festivals Television & Film Awards recognizes the world’s best work in advertising, TV, film and radio.

"Storyline", the only Philippine entry this year with three nominations to its name, took a Silver World Medal for Biography and Profiles, and the Bronze World Medal in the category of Community Portraits.

"Storyline", now on its second year, is the first current affairs show in the country without a host, relying on narrative and cinema to tell its stories.

The thematic series was created by filmmaker Paolo Villaluna and writer Patricia Evangelista, under the supervision of former ANC Chief Operating Officer Glenda Gloria. Villaluna, also an advertising director, continues to shoot and edit the show's weekly episodes.

Evangelista, who produces "Storyline" along with other ANC human rights documentaries, writes the show's narrative through the voices of its storytellers.

The same independent production team that built the show in May of 2008 remains largely intact, with this year’s medals adding to the bronze for the 2010 Best Music Video “Ako ang Simula.”

In the three-episode "Storyline" selection that won this year’s prizes, a small girl is given a name, a love story meets a tragic end, and a national government is held accountable for torture and murder. 

“Orphan” is the story of Efren Figuracion, a struggling nurse-policeman from Mindanao, whose choice to adopt the one-month-old victim of a massacre gave a small girl a name and a man a daughter. 

“Alexis & Nika” is the love story of film critic Alexis Tioseco and Slovenian film journalist Nika Bohinc, and the tragedy that ended their love affair. Narrated with a letter written two years before by Tioseco to Bohinc, the episode follows the difficulties and triumphs of a cross-cultural relationship, and mourns the loss of two of cinema’s most passionate defenders.

“Stolen” (Dukot) is the story of three men, Raymond Manalo, Jonas Burgos, and King Catoy, each one disappeared in the context of hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected communist rebels and supporters during the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Storyline" has told hundreds of stories, pushing taboo, breaking rules, and in the process, revolutionizing Philippine television. The show also airs every Wednesday over ABS-CBN.