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First-time feature film directors Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez found directorial breakthrough right on their first try after they won the Debut Directors Competition at the All Lights India International Film Festival last September 27.

The movie actually delivered a double strike after its lead actress Lotlot de Leon was honored with a Sole Acting Citation for her “exceptional performance,” or as the festival would like to put it. The Indian Filmfest usually gives honorable mention to the next best film but this time around, the esteemed jury decided to give the honor to the Pinay actress.


 It is her first international acting recognition -- a feat she bagged by acting lead for a comedy just for the first time in her career.

“This victory is overwhelming for us considering that we went to India not expecting anything but just to enjoy being there,” expressed Dexter in a presscon last Tuesday who informs that the film is a comedy that does not forced itself to be and a drama told with just the right light feel to it.


The movie is set to participate at the Nazioarteko Zinetxiki Children and Youth International Film Festival to be held in Bilbao, Spain from November 14 to 27, 2016. The Hemedez-Ibanez tandem is bound to make a wave at the New Directors Section.

The Kids First! Film and Video Festival in New Mexico, USA likewise shortlisted 1st Sem in its selection and raved that “it offers a very realistic depiction of a Philippine single mother dealing with her son’s misadventures." Watch our video interview with the team:

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