Congratulations, Filmmaker and UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) Professor Richard S. Legaspi! His short film ‘Pipo’ is the lone Filipino film in the competition program of the 2015 Children’s International Film Festival. The festival will be from April 23 to May 2, 2015 at the Madinat Jumeirah and the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The film, which stars child actor Maliksi Morales, stage actress Chanel Latorre and veteran actor Lou Veloso, tells of a young boy’s dream to have his family picture taken.
Prof. Legaspi graduated from UE in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts degree, at the UE CFAD, where he went on to teach. He is a fellow of the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, where he studied filmmaking under renowned directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.
His first full-length film ‘Paano Ko Sasabihin?’, starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales, won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing prize at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and was a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy. Prof. Legaspi is also the director and writer of award-winning films like ‘Manenaya,’ which was the Jury Prize winner at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and the opening film at the prestigious Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome, both in 2012; ‘Ambulancia,’ which earned the Miglior Montaggio Award at the San Gio Film Festival, and was a finalist at Dubai International Film Festival (IFF); ‘Kinulayang Kiti,’ a winner at the Gawad CCP Alternative Film and Video Festival and finalist at the Auburn IFF in Australia; and ‘Hunger Pangs,’ which was in competition at the Naousa IFF in Greece and part of the Official Selection of World Film Festival Bangkok 2012.
In 2012, Prof. Legaspi won 2nd Place in the Dulang Pampelikula category of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his work ‘Primera Bella.’ In 2013, he was selected as one of the UNESCO Aschberg Laureate Artists of 2013, a scholarship program that offers residencies to young artists worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures.
Kudos, Warrior Filmmaker!