MANILA, May 26, 2016 – A film reviewer for CINEMA (Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation), Teresa R. Tunay served as a juror in the six-member Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Cannes Film Festival to be held in Cannes, France, from May 11 to 22.
As founding board member of CINEMA (Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation), CBCP’s film rating and classification arm under the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications, Tunay has been reviewing and editing movie reviews since CINEMA’s founding in 2000.
The invitation-only Cannes Film Festival is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world, and is held annually at the Palais des Festival et des Congres. The Ecumenical Jury prize (Prix du Jury OEdumenique) is an independent film award for feature films at major international film festivals since 1973.
Created by Christian film makers, film critics and other film professionals, the award aims “to honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.” The Ecumenical Jury comprises six members who are nominated by Signis for the Catholics and Interfilm for the Protestants. Tunay is the first Filipino to have been invited to Cannes Film Festival’s Ecumenical Jury.
This is the eighth time since 2004 for Tunay to be nominated by Signis and to serve at international film festivals in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her fellow jurors at Cannes are: Cindy Mollaret (France)
- Ernest Kouacou (Cote d’Ivoire)
- Karin Achtelstteter (Canada)
- Gabriela Lettini (United States)
- Nicole Vercueil (France)
Freelancer Tunay also writes “And that’s the truth”, an opinion column in the CBCP Monitor, a weekly Gospel reflection column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, travel articles, and an advice column for Woman Today. She also edits coffee table books and co-anchors “Langit sa Lupa”, a weekly radio show at DZIQ Radyo Inquirer. (CBCPNews)