Ms. Vilma Santos is truly world class! These awards that she won in different International Film Festivals can attest to that! Truly a rare gem in Philippine Showbusiness.
21st Festival Internationale Du Film Independant in Brussels, Belgium ( Nov. 09-14, 1999) unanimously voted Ms. Santos as Best Actress for the movie “Bata, Bata… Paano ka Ginawa?”. The movie also won the Best Director award for Mr. Chito Rono. Its just to bad that Ms. Santos was not able to attend the said festival.
The Jurors were : Aung Ko(Myanmar), Jacqueline Pierriex (Belgium), MelTobias (Philippines), Larissa Delcourt (Belgium), Xie Fie(China), Steve Montal (USA). The festival director is Mr. Robert Malengreau.
The film “Bata, Bata…Paano ka Ginawa?” was also given aSpecial Jury Award for Women’s Awareness at theAsia Pacific Film Festivalheld in Bangkok, Thailand from Nov. 22-26, 1999. Ms. Santos was a Best Actress nominee.
Vilma received a Lifetime Achievement award at the opening of the 5th CineManila International Film Festival. she was awarded together with Fil-Am actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Tia Carrere, Fil-Am producer Dean Devlin. Vilma also received the same award in 2000.
5th CineManila International Film Festival(Aug. 07-24, 2003) voted Ms. Vilma Santos as Best Actress for her film “Dekada’70″. The film was also given the NETPAC Special Jury Award.
The jurors were : Aruna Vasudev(Chairperson, India), Scott Rosenberg(USA), Dang Nhat Minh (Vietnam), Dan Wolman (Israel), Gino Dormiendo(Philippines)