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 BREAKAWAY (ALAGWA) (Philippines, Dir: Ian Lorenos)BREAKAWAY (ALAGWA) (Philippines, Dir: Ian Lorenos)

The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) announced the Grand Jury Award Winners of their 2013 Festival. BREAKAWAY (ALAGWA) directed by Ian Lorenos about the truly harrowing account of a 9-year-old boy who goes missing and the anguish of his single dad who embarks on a desperate search for him, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature.  THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY directed by Berry Minott won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. This film is described as an epic, medical mystery “whodunit”, which tracks the decades long pursuit of scientists competing with each other to find the cause of a mysterious neurological disease affecting the native Chamorro population on the island of Guam. The stakes are high because the answer will lead to cures for Alzheimer’s and other related diseases. 

The following is a list of Winners in the respective categories for competition in the Guam International Film Festival:

GRAND JURY AWARD – BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
BREAKAWAY (ALAGWA) (Philippines, Dir: Ian Lorenos)

GRAND JURY AWARD – BEST NARRATIVE SHORT:
HSU JI BEHIND THE SCREEN (France, Dir: Thomas Rio)

GRAND JURY AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY (Guam, US, Dir: Berry Minott)

GRAND JURY AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
STRAIGHT WITH YOU (Netherlands, Dir: Daan Bol)

BEST MADE IN THE MARIANAS:
THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY (Guam, US, Dir: Berry Minott)

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING:
JERICHO ROSALES FOR ‘BREAKAWAY (ALAGWA)’ (Philippines, Dir: Ian Lorenos)

BEST OF FESTIVAL:
A2-B-C (Japan, Dir: Ian Thomas Ash)

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD:
ZORI (Marshall Islands, Dirs: Jack Niedenthal, Suzanne Chutaro)

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