It looks like this showbiz royalty is proving she’s more than a pretty face. As per Rappler.com, Janine Gutierrez won the Rising Star Award at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) for her performance in the film Dito at Doon.
TBA Studios, the makers of the film, first announced Gutierrez’s win on social media. NYAFF’s official Twitter account also shared the news on their page. “We are thrilled to present [Janine Gutierrez] with the Rising Star Award this year,” they wrote.
So what does Gutierrez have to say about this win? It looks like the 31-year-old is over the moon. “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,” she said on her Twitter page.
In case you’re wondering, Dito at Doon is set during the pandemic. In the film, Gutierrez plans Len, a woman who, despite living alone in the lockdown, manages to meet special someone online through common friends. That special someone is JC Santos’ character Cabs, a delivery boy who makes a connection with Len through video chats and phone calls.
Dito at Doon first premiered in the “NEXT/NOW” program section of NYAFF this year. This is the second time Gutierrez’s film has been featured in the festival. Last year, Babae at Baril, which also starred Gutierrez, was chosen to open the film festival.
To put things into perspective, the NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of Asian cinema. It is dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian film culture in all its forms.