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Negrense wins in Cannes fest

Negrense Carlo Ledesma, 32, son of Gerry Ledesma and Ramona Coscolluela, won the Best Film Award and a 10,000-euro prize from the Mini-Movie International Channel at the Short Film Corner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his film "The Haircut".

The film, which tells the story of a barber who is confronted with a bald customer's request for a haircut, was directed by Ledesma who is based in Sydney, Australia. It was produced by Mel Lozano.

The prize money will fund Ledesma's next film "The Last One", a half-hour action drama he describes as "Run Lola Run meets Collateral."

Ledesma, who was born in Negros, finished his elementary and high school at La Salle Bacolod and his college degree in English Literature at De La Salle University in Manila, his farther Gerry, who heads the Philippine Reef and Rainforests Conservation Foundation Inc. and the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc., said yesterday.

The Haircut was Ledesma's graduation film at the University of Sydney College of Arts.

In his bio posted on his website allOrange Films www.allorangefilms.com, Ledesma said he started shooting films when he was 15 years old.

This was "when my dad handed me his Video 8 camera and gave me the authorization to exploit my younger sisters to the best of my creative abilities," he said.

He said his first film was a satire "mockumentary" called "Gabbi At The Farm" where his city slicker sibling explores their family farm, wreaks havoc on the livestock as she tries to pet them, and gets stung by a bee at the end of the film.

Since then he has written, produced, directed, edited, shot, and acted in high school slasher pics, existential dramas involving zombies, and video self-portraits , he said.

Nike and MTV Philippines got him to direct some spots for them, and he worked for seven years as a producer and presenter for the TV show Gameplan, Ledesma said.

Ledesma is currently based in Sydney, Australia where he works as a producer and director for a video and internet production company called Viocorp.

"My goals in life are as simple and clichéd as any other filmmaker - to be able to do the films I love and not have to settle. To be able to get to a level wherein people want to work with me, and I can work with people I've grown up watching. To make people laugh, cry, and scream - in enjoyment, not because they thought your film was shit," Ledesma said.*CPG

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