Filipino director receives major film accolade in India

By GoodNews Pilipinas

Emmanuel Quindo Palo has won recognition in India for the quality of his film work.

The up and coming Filipino director, writer and an actor, received India’s National Film Award (NFA) for Best Scientific Film for his opus, “Trip.”

“Trip,” is a documentary that tackles the Indian Railways as subject; vis-à-vis the waste being dumped by passengers along its tracks that run all over the country.

Palo was bestowed his award Friday, March 19 at the luxurious Vigyan Bhavan.

The NFA is the most prominent film award ceremony in India. It is the country’s oldest, alongside the Filmfare Awards.

Established in 1954, the NFA is administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973.

It holds the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country.

Due to the national scale of the awards, it is considered the equivalent of the American Academy Awards.

Palo was a long-time assistant to director Joel Lamangan, working with the latter on such films as “Mila” (2001), “Abandonada” (2000), and “Sidhi” (1999).

Palo got his start as a writer. He wrote the screenplay for the Fernando Poe Jr. starrers “Ang Pagbabalik ng Probinsyano” (1998) and “Walang Matigas Na Tinapay sa Mainit na Kape” (1994).

Palo’s NFA recognition is a first for a Filipino.

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