The historical film Baler, set during the 18th century, was adjudged the Best Festival Picture of the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival. Produced by Viva Films in cooperation with PAGCOR, this Jericho Rosales-Anne Curtis starrer bagged a total of 10 awards including the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.
Anne received her first acting trophy when she was adjudged Best Actress for her performance in Baler. Her co-star Phillip Salvador was named Best Supporting Actor while their director, Mark Meily, won Best Director.
Mark A. Meily is a multi-awarded film director in the Philippines. He is presently teaching at the Marilou Diaz Abaya Film Institute and Arts
Meily has made several short films that won several prizes. He won the Best Short Feature Award at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1989. He also received a nomination from the Gawad ng Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Philippine Movie Critics Award) known as the Urian Awards for Best Short Feature.
He represented the Philippines at the Festival of Independent Cinema in Belgium for the years 1988, 1989 and 1998.
In 1989, he became a scholar of the French Government. He studied film at the Ecole Superieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques]] (ESEC) in Paris, France; and also at the Centre Audio-Visuel de Langues Modernes (CAVILAM) in Vichy, France.
Meily has written two screenplays, Bayad Luha and The Good Friday Archipelago, which have won prizes from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation annual literary contest.