Madonna honored at 2004 Pride International Film Festival
The 2004 Pride International Film Festival concluded last August 28 at the CCP Dream Theater (Tanghalang Manuel Conde) in Manila, Philippines with the presentation of the Judy award to Madonna for being “the most influential woman in the industry” and the Lifetime Achievement and Distinction Award to Sir Ian McKellen for his “active role in advocating gay rights.”
Festival Director Severino Planas accepted the Judy on behalf of Madonna after the presentation of the pop icon’s remixed music videos provided by Warner Music Philippines. Madonna’s brother Chris Ciccone earlier informed the organizers that she was doing a concert in Slane Castle, Ireland. Ciccone, along with Madonna’s publicist Carisse Henry and assistant Ashley Kraines, were among the festival supporters.PIFF is an international premiere gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and HIV/AIDS themed film and video festival that screened for the first time in the country never-been-seen shorts, documentaries, animations, and features from different countries around the world.”We hope that the advocacy that we have put up this year will only be the start of more good things to come,” Planas said. PIFF donated a part of its proceeds to Positive Action Foundation Phils., Inc. (PAFPI) in line with its mission to promote HIV/AIDS education on awareness, prevention, and care through film screenings of international GLTB and HIV/AIDS themed films. Based on a www.outinamerica.com / Seymour Barros Sanchez article.