MANILA, PHILIPPINES - A light-hearted take on the merits of clean energy-cooking by 26-year old Filipino filmmaker Adrian Sibal has been awarded the Grand Prize in the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 2012 MyView Asia-Pacific Video Contest, now in its third year.
Mr. Sibal's video entry, 'The Rivals', beat out more than 150 other entries in the contest, which focused on the theme 'Energy for All/Renewable Energy.'
"Over 700 million people in the Asia-Pacific region still lack access to electricity, and Mr. Sibal eloquently addressed this issue in his winning film," said ADB's Principal Director, Department of External Relations, Ann Quon. "The interest in MyView is growing each year, with entries from aspiring filmmakers across the globe. MyView provides a showcase for filmmakers to creatively promote awareness of climate change, and potential solutions."
MyView, with prizes totaling $10,000, provides a showcase for amateur filmmakers to creatively promote awareness of important development challenges and potential solutions.
"We squeezed in a lot of ideas about the pros and cons of renewable and non-renewable energy to maximize the five-minute time limit and used humor, drawing inspiration from an episode of the cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as the silent movie The Artist," said Mr. Sibal.
The eminent panel of international judges included Academy Award-winning US producer Ashley Jordan; Ashvin Kumar, the youngest Indian writer and director to be nominated for an Oscar; Afghan documentary filmmaker and curator of the Kabul International Film Festival Malek Shafi'i; award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of onedotzero, Shane Walter of the UK; Yong Mun Chee of Singapore, winner of the Asian TV award for Best Documentary Series; Philippines YouTube sensation Moymoypalaboy; ADB Senior Advisor and Practice Leader (Energy), Pil-Bae Song; and Ann Quon, who chaired the judging panel.
In the MyView under 21 category, Kai Syuen Loh from Malaysia won with an entry illustrating the array of ways we use power every day, followed by Yeasin Rahman of Bangladesh in second place and Abigail Kristy Javellana, of the Philippines, third. In the competition's over 21 age bracket, Carlo Marco Cruz from the Philippines took first place with a thoughtful depiction of how humans can emulate plans and tap the energy benefits of the sun. Fellow Filipinos, Van Cleef Emnacen was second place, with Benjar Ramos third.
The grand prize winner received a $3,000 award. The winners of each category received $2,000 each, with second place collecting $1,000 each and third place, $500.
To see the full list of winners and watch their MyView films, go to http://adb.org/myview/. Video clips and photographs of the Grand Prize winner and the award ceremony are available from ADB.