Anna Luna wins Best Actress award in Venezuela for the advocacy film Maestra


Lemuel Lorca's Maestra (An Educator, 2017) recently won two awards at the Five Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela.

Film, theatre and TV actress Anna Luna was named Best Actress while Archie del Mundo got the Special Mention citation for Best Screenplay.

Luna, who won best supporting actress awards at the 2017 ToFarm Film Festival for the film Paglipay & at the 2013 Cinema One Originals for the film Bendor, bested 9-12 foreign and local actresses, including a known actress from Argentina. In Maestra, which is a tribute film to teachers, she played the role of Iah Seraspi, a poor Education student who keeps going on even in the face of extreme poverty & difficulty in life.

Meanwhile, Del Mundo is so happy for his unanticipated prize & inspired to write more great stories after having an international recognition.

The film, which premiered at Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival last August & is based on interconnected true stories of three generation of teachers, is produced by Dr. Carl Balita who is also an educator, entrepreneur, & radio announcer. Maestra continues to attract global attention as it has also been selected in other international festivals, such as Warsaw Avenue Film Festival & FACINE festival in the United States, & at the Sydney World Film Festival.

You can watch the trailer below

Luna and Del Mundo will be receiving gold trophies and certificates from the festival organizers. Del Mundo said he will donate his own trophy to his producer’s office as a sort of token of appreciation for their support.

At the recently concluded mini presscon for the commercial run of the movie, Balita, Del Mundo & Lorca shared their stories while doing this film (watch the video below)

Lemuel Lorca passionately congratulated his entire team, including the award winners: “Nakakatuwa lang. Pag indipendently produced ang isang pelikula, mga magkakaibigan lang madalas ang magtutulungan para makagawa lang ng isang pelikula. Kung minsan buwis-buhay alang alang lang sa ginagawa. Nakakakonsesnya at nakakataba ng puso ang trabaho, paghihirap, sakripisyo at kontribusyon na binibigay nila mapaganda lang ang pelikula. Kaya ito lang ang nais mo para sa mga kasamahan-ang marecognize sila at maparangalan. Ito lang ang pwede mong regalo na maibigay bukod sa pagkakaibigan at kaunting maiiaabot wag lang masabing libre. Mabuhay kayo at maraming salamat! Congrats ulit!”

Maestra will continue to be featured in more international festivals until the middle of 2018. The film is scheduled to have a commercial release this coming December.

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