Pinay Canadian wins top honors at film fest

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America New Bureau

Posted at Jan 21 2012 03:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2012 11:30 PM

LOS ANGELES - Filmmaker Angelina Cantada won top honors during the 7th Annual My Hero Project film festival for best short film titled “Josh.”

The My Hero Project Film Festival honors filmmakers and their subjects that have made a difference in their communities.

The nine-minute movie follows a day in the life of Cantada’s friend Josh Vander Vies, a Canadian law student born with no arms and legs. Vander Vies is now a player for Canada’s National Bocce Ball Team.

“I just want to put out a message that we all have challenges in life, but it’s what we do with those challenges there’s always a way to get around the different types of barriers we have,” said Cantada.

Vander Vies, who is a motivational speaker, said being a part of Cantada’s movie gave him a chance to bring his message to a worldwide audience.

“Getting my story out there is something I’m comfortable with already and I don’t do things in my life to inspire other people but I’m happy if things I can do can inspire someone else,” said Vander Vies.