Out of the many things that keep people company during the pandemic are movies. That’s why there’s no surprise how local films have been taking the spotlight in international film festivals. Actress Janine Gutierrez received the Rising Star Award at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) for her role in Dito at Doon.
TBA Studios was the first to announce Gutierrez’s achievement on Twitter, which she said was a “dream come true.” The tweet also had a witty caption referencing her character and the movie title, ‘Ibang klase talaga si Len, mapa-DITO man at DOON!’
NYAFF also congratulated the actress in a separate post. Guttierez quoted the tweet and said thanks to those who support Filipino films and creatives. She also shared that it was her second time to be part of the festival. The movie Babae at Baril was last year’s NYAFF opening film, wherein the actress also starred in.
— JANINE (@janinegutierrez) August 7, 2021
so honored!!!! thank you @NYAFF!! second year to have a film part of your festival and I was so sad that for the second time, we're still unable to attend – but now I'm just filled with gratitude 🙏🏼 thank you for supporting Filipino films and creatives! 🤍🤍 https://t.co/0ESxEWo2yY
— JANINE (@janinegutierrez) August 8, 2021
Dito at Doon (or Here and There) is a film by Director JP Habac. It is set at a time wherein the community quarantine puts the country on hold. It follows two students – a political science major and another one who works part-time as a delivery driver. Both of them argue online until they eventually fall for each other.
The film is set to show at the NYAFF, along with other entries from around the world. It will be premiered virtually and in-person to viewers in New York and across America from August 6 to 22. On the other hand, Filipino viewers may also stream the film starting September 2 on Netflix.