Tombstone Pillow film is advocating for social change. The 12 minute short film is creating awareness for the real plight of impoverished communities at the Manila North Cemetery.
Due to the value of the message in the story, the film continues to reap international awards at prestigious film festivals. Only recently it was shown at the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival 2020 as an official finalist.
Many people are currently living inside the cemetery, some of them serve as caretakers of mausoleums, however most of them are informal settlers, they have built shanties around the tombstones and have turned mausoleums into makeshift homes due to lack of decent housing and job opportunities.
The overpopulation in Manila has reached desperate proportions, the cemetery which was featured in the Tombstone Pillow film provides a unique residence for hundreds of families in the area.
Despite the hardships in life, people who are living in the Manila North Cemetery try their very best to thrive. There are so many inspirational examples of people who came from this place. But it remains one of the biggest issues that human rights activists are facing today. The goal is to help resolve the issue of poverty and the lack of stable housing.
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
Manila North Cemetery is a vibrant place despite the many turmoils the people are facing. This is where real inspirational stories happen. Tombstone Pillow tried to capture the essence of the place during the gruelling 3-day shoot.
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 first premiered at the Oscar-qualifying film festival LA Shorts Film Festival, one of the longest-running short film festival in the world that produced 11 Oscar winners and 33 Oscar nominees. It went on to receive numerous nominations.
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
Top Indie Film Awards
Top Indie Film Awards has chosen Tombstone Pillow as the winner for Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Original Idea, and Best Message at the 2020 Top Indie Film Awards ( Summer Edition). It was also nominated for Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Music.
The films that win are screened in Tokyo, Japan at the Hatchobori Zero One Building. There is Q&A for the filmmakers in attendance as well as the audience. Best Overall Film of the Year will also be awarded during the event.
The goal of Top Indie Film Awards is to help indie filmmakers find success by celebrating achievements with a plethora of different awards.
Check the Awarding results on the link below: