Thanks to all of our supporters and everyone who voted during the PBS Online Film Festival. Because of your support, In This Family, directed by Drama Del Rosario, wins Juried Prize in the 2020 PBS Short Film Festival!
A message from the filmmaker
“Thank you so much to everyone who watched and voted for my documentary film, In This Family! Your support has been so overwhelming, and I am so moved by all the messages from queer youth, parents of queer children, and teachers of queer students. I hope this documentary moves us closer to helping the LGBTQIA+ community feel safe and loved, especially within Asian families and schools. Furthermore, showcasing this documentary at this particular time has been special to me for two reasons…
First, this documentary is executive produced by Cinematografo, which is under ABS-CBN International. As a lot of people know, ABS-CBN and Philippine media in general are not in a good place right now because of Philippine politics. It has been so humbling to have this documentary represent how important it is to keep Philippine media alive and growing! Our voices need to be heard!
Second, I am extremely touched by all the messages from Glee fans regarding the recent death of Naya Rivera. In the documentary, I reference various queer programs, Glee especially. Naya Rivera’s character Santana Lopez was one of the crucial queer characters that helped me and my family get to where we are now. It is a testament to how much queer entertainment can change the life of a family on the other side of the world. Rest in Power, Naya Rivera.
I am incredibly honored to receive this award. Thank you so much to CAAM for believing in my film as your official entry and for always supporting my career as a documentary filmmaker. It means a lot to have the support of an organization, who spread diverse Asian and Asian American stories and experiences to the broadest audiences possible. Thank you so much to PBS for putting together an amazing film festival with a very stacked film line-up and jury. And most of all, thank you so much to my family for continuing to change and grow. I would not be where I am right now had you not powered through the discomfort of growth and change. ALL MY LOVE!”
– Drama Del Rosario, Director, In This Family
Congrats to the winners of the PBS Short Film Festival:
Most Popular Film: Joyride, Directed by Edwin Alexis Gómez, Presented by Latino Public Broadcasting
Juried Prize Winner: In This Family, Directed by Drama Del Rosario, Presented by Center For Asian American Media (CAAM)