November 1, 2023 — Canadian Filipino actors Lissa Neptuno and Edward Escobal were nominated for Best Performance in a Short Film in the annual the Union of British Columbia Performers/ Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (UBCP/ACTRA) awards.
Neptuno was nominated for her supporting role in the short film Little Manila. Neptuno played the role of nanny in the 2022 short film directed by another Canadian Filipino, Harley Maranan. Little Manila tells the story of a Vancouver-based travel agent trying to recreate her ailing Filipino housemaid's childhood home before she dies.
Escobal was nominated for his lead role in Paco which is about a Filipino immigrant living in Canada, trying to make ends meet so he can make a better life for his family in Manila. Paco is also directed by another Canadian Filipino, Kent Donguines.
In 2020, Neptuno won the best performance award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM15) for her short film Small Bites, which she also wrote and produced.
Also vying for the Best Short Performance category are Bob Frazer for Dawn and Yuvraj Kasi and Jess McLeod for A Little Vacation.
The annual UBCP/ACTRA awards will be held on November 25 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. In a media release, UBCP/ACTRA President and ACTRA National Councilor Ellie Harvie said, “It has been an extremely challenging year, but we are truly proud of the conviction and solidarity shown by our members, union siblings and industry partners. (The awards night) will also serve as a well-deserved toast to everyone in our industry for staying afloat during this difficult season.”
ACTRA is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. The annual peer-adjudicated awards honours deserving members for their exceptional contributions to the entertainment industry over the past year.
Awards are presented in eight categories: Best Lead Performance - Motion Picture, Best Lead Performance - Series, Best Supporting Performance - Motion Picture, Best Supporting Performance - Series, Best Performance - Made for TV Movie, Best Performance - Short, Best Voice; and Best Stunt.
For a list of nominees, see https://www.ubcpactraawards.ca/2023nominees.