A film reviewer for the Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation, or CINEMA, Teresa R. Tunay served as a juror in the six-member Ecumenical Jury at the 69th Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France, from May 11 to 22.
As founding board member of CINEMA, the Philippine bishops’ conference’s film rating and classification arm, Tunay has been reviewing and editing movie reviews since the organization’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 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 honor works of artistic quality that 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 Catholics and Interfilm for Protestants. Tunay is the first Filipino to have been invited to sit on a Cannes Film Festival Ecumenical Jury.