After Tombstone Pillow won massive awards at the recently concluded Top Indie film awards in Japan, another exciting news has arrived!
The short film shot in the Manila North Cemetery is Prague International Monthly Film Festival Best Inspirational Film this 2020.
Prague International Monthly Film Festival ( PIMFF) is an IMDb qualifier, and the festival is celebrated with live screenings once a month in Prague, in Czech Republic.
Prague International Monthly Film Festival’s goal is to discover and promote talented filmmakers from all over the world. To present them to the public with the help of the festival, as a way for filmmakers to broaden their network as they participate in the international competition.
Prague International Monthly Film Festival does private screenings every month. Filmmakers all over the world can submit their film during the 10 month period. Award categories include Feature Film, Feature Documentary, Short Film, Short Documentary, Super Short Film, Student Film, Short Script, Feature Script and Czech Short Film. There is an annual price for all the movies that have been nominated.
The final event of the second year of the film festival will happen on 23rd April 2021. Prague International Monthly Film Festival is a great place to start if you plan to enter the filmmaking process in central Europe. It is one of the most reputable film festivals in Prague and winners are able gain massive support using the platform.
Tombstone Pillow is a 12 minute film that is advocating for social change. It was shot in the shanties of the Manila North Cemetery where 6,000 people live.
Due to the high impact message of the film, it was able to reap more than 20 nominations at various international awards including the Morehouse College Human Rights Festival 2020.
Many people are currently living inside the Manila North Cemetery, some serve as caretakers of mausoleums, others are informal settlers. Impoverished families built shanties around the tombstones and turned mausoleums into makeshift homes due to lack of decent housing and job opportunities.
Despite the hardships in life, people living in the Manila North Cemetery try their very best to thrive. There are many inspirational stories of people who came from this place.
It remains one of the biggest issues that human rights activists are tackling today. The film wants to highlight real social issues happening in the film’s location- with the hopes of awakening the awareness of many- so a solution can be arrived at.
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
Tombstone Pillow is a story 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 Manila are so overcrowded and in such bad condition that 6,000 people decided they would rather live among the dead and take their chances.
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 also 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