UP Film Institute congratulates Mr. Raya Perfecto L. Martin (AB’05 cl) for being awarded as one of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni for the Culture and the Arts by the UP Alumni Association (UPAA).
Born in 1984 in the Philippines and a graduate of the UP Film Institute, Diliman, Raya Martin is a multi-awarded filmmaker and has directed several features and short films. In 2005, he participated in the berlinale talent campus. His film NOW SHOWING was screened at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2008. One year later, the feature film INDEPENDENCIA, which was supported by the Berlinale World cinema Fund, as well as the feature film MANILA were both shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. Martin’s latest film, BUENAS NOCHES, ESPAÑA premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2011, where he was also part of the jury for the international competition. Raya has also been a recipient of the prestigious 13 Artists Awards in the Philippines in 2009. A retrospective of his works have been featured in Paris, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Las Palmas de Gran Canarias. In 2012, Raya’s films were presented at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and a retrospective of his films was screened at the Korean Film Archive, South Korea, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, USA. His most recent film, “Smaller and Smaller Circles” is an adaptation of F.H. Batacan’s seminal mystery crime-thriller novel that is set to be released this year.
In addition, for the forthcoming Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) showcase in New York on Philippine cinema from June 1 to 25, Raya’s two films, namely, Independencia and How to Disappear Completely, will be presented on this showcase.
The awardees will be honored at the UP General Alumni Homecoming on August 19, 2017, Saturday, at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City. The reunion will have for its theme “Itanghal ang Dangal.”
The UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are conferred on alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and excellent contributions in their chosen fields that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University.
Photos c/o Rappler and Raya Martin’s Facebook page