There are three big film festivals in the world: Cannes, Berlin, and Venice.

Recently our film “Ma’ Rosa,” directed by Brillante Mendoza, won in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival when its female lead Jaclyn Jose bagged the award for the coveted Best Actress category.

“Ma’ Rosa” is now our country’s official entry to the 89th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

Brillante Mendoza is one of the most prominent and important Filipino filmmakers today. He has been representing our country by submitting films to international film festivals and is the first Filipino to compete and win in three major international film festivals.

His film “Captive” competed in the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, while his film “Tirador (slingshot)” won the Caligari Film Award in 2007.

Thy Womb” won the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award at the equally prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2012, while “Lola (grandmother)” was nominated for the Golden Lion in 2009.

His most notable achievement is winning the elusive Best Director award at the renowned Cannes Film Festival for the film “Kinatay (The Execution of P)” in 2009. The year before that, his film “Serbis (service)” was nominated for the acclaimed Palme d’Or Award.

If “Ma’ Rosa” wins the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category, that will be the highest recognition Philippines will ever received in the industry.

The final five nominees for the category will be announced on January 24, 2017 and the winner will be named at the Oscars on February 26

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