All Asian Independent Film Festival 2020: Tombstone Pillow

The All Asian Independent Film Festival 2020 chose Tombstone Pillow as one of its official finalist in the first edition of AAIFF which will be held in Powerplant Cinema, Manila, Philippines on the 18th and 22nd of November, 2020.

Tombstone Pillow was produced by Timeless Entertainment Inc, starring Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Blake Salcedo, Cedric Escobar and Akram Yesmine Lahmandi and directed by Dream Team Directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir.

All Asian Independent Film Festival

The All Asian Independent Film Festival was launched to support independent filmmakers in Asia. The idea is to create a festival where unique ideas can thrive. To tell the stories that come deep within the heart, and to inspire the audiences.

The sister film festival of the All Asian Independent Film Festival is the European Independent Film Festival, which has been held in Paris in the last 14 years.

Becoming a finalist in the festival means earning the ability to create rock solid reputation in Europe’s independent film festivals, while bridging and networking with Asia’s independent filmmakers.

Tombstone Pillow is about a heartless heiress, forced on the run, who meets a poor graveyard girl who teaches her life’s true riches.

The slums in the Manila North Cemetery are so overcrowded and in bad condition that 6,000 people decided they would rather live among the dead.

The cemetery dwellers sleep, eat, go to school and perform all of the other functions of living in and around tombs – they literally use tombstones for pillows.

The film is a collaboration between multi-award-winning directors Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett, with lead actress and Executive Producer Lourdes Duque Baron, Cinematographer Mycko David, and Writer Fraser Scott.

Tombstone Pillow won Best Short Drama at the ICP Entertainment Short Film Series, became an official finalist for New York City Independent Film Festival, NYCIFF Festival, ARFF Amsterdam Around Internal Film Festival, Global Short Film Award Cannes and picked as an official finalist for The Global Impact Film Festival (GIDC) in Washington D.C.

Tombstone Pillow was also recently featured at the Morehouse College Humans Rights Film Festival, and won Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Original Idea & Best Message at the 2020 Top Indie Film Awards and will be screened in Japan.

The film also won the Best Inspirational film at the Prague International Monthly Film Festival 2020.


Executive Producer: Timeless Entertainment Inc.
Directed by: Dream Team Directors ( Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett)
Starring: Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Akram Yesmine Lahmandi, Blake Salcedo and Cedric Escobar
Screenplay by: Fraser Kee Scott
Director of Photography: Mycko David
Editor: Bella Jones
Music: Hagay Mizrahi
Production Design: Marielle Hizon
Team Manager: Nina Ortencio
Digital Marketing: Christel Payseng
PR/ Media Relations: Maria Urduja Osit Li
Production Team: Rorie Baron and Jong Tabtab

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