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We won!Dream Systems won “Best Animation” at last night’s 2007 Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video!! 😀 Our first win!

That’s the short of it.

The long of it is, we almost missed the award because DP Joon, PA Paul , and I were eating at Tapa King across the street. Then my dad and Aldus (Purplechicken) texted simultaneously that they were giving the Animation award RIGHT NOW.

Joon and I looked at each other, stricken, then we left Paul with his tapa and ran past restaurants and bazaar stalls, lugging our backpacks. Joon said it felt like “The Amazing Race”, which it did, actually, except we were running in semi-formal wear 😛

When we finally got to the awarding, they had already started announcing the three honorable mentions for animation (which I’ll list down as soon as I find a list of winners). Then they announced 2nd place and then they announced 1st place, and when I heard “Dream Systems” I dropped all my bags and went up on stage, still panting.

Aldus joined me onstage too, and it’s funny as way back when, Aldus and I both daydreamed of what things would be like after Dream Systems was launched. He’d be thinking of what to say during interviews, and I’d be thinking of acceptance speeches. So I had this short and sweet speech all planned out from my little delusions of grandeur, and when I finally had to make a speech last night, I quickly forgot all about it. I don’t really remember what happened, actually, but I get that way when I’m shocked 😛

Much much thanks and a big hug to everyone who got Dream Systems where it is, and there’s plenty of you, and you know who you are. Thanks everybody 🙂

I went to Gawad CCP last night to view the animation entries, including Dream Systems. I completely forgot it was a competition until I was on my way to CCP. I was nervous.

When I got there, I ran into Aldus (Purplechickens) and his girlfriend Grace. We went into the small theater and sat expectantly.

Dream Systems was the second entry to be shown, and truth be told, I haven’t seen it again since I caught it on MTV a few months back. To look upon it with a fresh eye, I saw the mistakes we could have improved, remembered our two years of production in a flash, and felt both wistful and crazy proud. Taking an objective step back, I thought it was a good short. So yeah, now I sort of want to win 😉

The awards are tomorrow. I don’t really expect anything (or, it’s better to expect to lose). Either way, I’m proud we finished it and it looks and feels the way it does. I’m sure the other filmmakers have similar thoughts. Whatever happens, I’m glad Dream Systems turned out the way it did 🙂

Dream Systems is screening at this year’s Gawad CCP! It will be shown along with other animation entries on Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 pm @ Tanghalang Manual Conde, CCP Dream Theater. Free admission! See below for the complete schedule.

February 13 – 16, 2007
at the CCP Dream Theater (Tanghalang Manuel Conde)

13 Feb/Tue

(no screening)

Short Feature Entries 1:
Doghouse / Jose / Litanya / Saling Pusa / Lapis at Papel / Impen / Malas / Bestfriends / Carpool / Pagbugtaw (Waking Up) / Kariton / Ang Kapalaran ni Virgin Mario / Ikasiyam na Palapag (Ninth Floor) / Kung ang Tula ay Pwedeng Pambili ng Lalaki / Tatlong Piso / Ang Pagbabalik

Documentary Entries 1:
Piso at Monumento / Buhay sa Patay / Bunker O: Sumirib Plus / Ciao Gian Luca! / Making Group Sex / Ruta ni Ka Roda / Buhay Bangkero / Graveyard Shift / Medalawna / Sinulog for Beginners / Batang Ballroom

Opening Film:
By Jon Red

14 Feb/Wed

Short Feature Entries 2:
Takipsilim / Klepto / Pinakamagandang Pelikula / One-Man Show / Adam’s Family / Eros / Manyika (Doll) / Yayay / Misteryo ng Hapis (Sorrowful Mystery) / Lababo (Kitchen Sink)

Documentary Entries 2:
Ossie: A Sinulog Photographer** / Musika at Bulag / Boxingera / Mama/San / Portrait: Rediscovering A Filipino Film Classic / Sa Pusod ng Bundok / Sa Villa Cristo Rey / Sa Kanlungan ni Ina **

Short Feature Entries 3:
Tagapagligtas / Inertia / Lakaran

Animation Entries:
Target / Spider’s Thread / Dok / Egg-O / Ang Pagkaplag / Row your Boat / Dream Systems / A Day In The Life Of Gloria Arroyo / Buhay Bato d/w New Animation from Indonesia from hellofest (Jakarta)

15 Feb/Thu

Documentary Entries 3:
Bantay Riles / Kunyang / Sa Patay, sa buhay (In Death, In life) / Da Dou Sai Mau (WTO, Ibasura!; Junk WTO!) / Lukso

Short Feature Entries 4:
Wish Ko Lang / Gabon (Cloud) / Sikolohikal na Armas ni Juan dela Cruz / OFW – Bagong Bayani o Baliw na Bayani / Dead Letter / Geegee at Waterina / Hinagap

Documentary Entries 4:
Memories of the Sea / Walai ** / Syokoy**

Experimental Entries:
Sakdal Laya / Lang / It Feels Good To Be Alive / Cuatro / WWIII / Makibaka Wag Matakot / Transcendental Progression / Simula / Mga Bagay na may Pakpak / Sa Pagdating sa Bawat Sandali ng Mga Bangungot / Doble Vista / Mr. Holiday Wants To Die / Spill / Attack Rate / Revolt of the Hymen

16 Feb/Fri

Short Feature Entries 5:
Maria Milagros Barborosa / Alagwa (Breaking Free) / Ang Obrang ‘Di Tapos / Murphy’s Law

Awards Ceremony


For more information, please call CCP Media Arts at 8321125 locals 1702, 1704 & 1705 or email