Indie film Selda (international title: The Inmate) is the first Filipino film to compete in the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival in Canada.
This movie, directed by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, has once again made history by being the first Filipino film to compete at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece from November 14 - 23, 2008.
Selda is competing for the Golden Alexander award, which is given each year by a seven-member international jury accompanied by a 37,000 Euro cash prize, the Special Jury Award-Silver Alexander (accompanied by 22,000 Euro cash prize), as well as awards for Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Artistic Achievement.
The first seven of Thessaloniki's 14-film competition line up with the European premieres of three Asian films among highlights scheduled for its 49th edition. The movies getting their European bows are prison drama The Inmate, by Filipino directors Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna; Korean director Kim Dong-joo's A Broom Becomes a Goldfish, about a poor, middle-aged man's descent into madness; and coming-of-age film Winds of September by Taiwanese director Tom Shu-yu Lin.
Selda stars Ara Mina, Sid Lucero, and Emilio Garcia. It is represented by Ignatius Films Canada.