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ANIMA’s 'On The Job: The Missing 8' wins big at the 5th EDDYS

Updated: May 10, 2023

After being selected as the Philippines’ official entry to the 2023 Oscar Awards, Erik Matti’s “On the Job: The Missing 8” continues to make waves in the Philippine entertainment industry, emerging as the big winner in the 5th EDDYS or the Entertainment Editors’ Choice Awards held at the Metropolitan Theater on November 27.

Matti’s award-winning masterpiece, co-produced by Globe Studios (now ANIMA), Reality MM Studios, and HBO Asia, brought home eight awards namely Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Lotlot de Leon), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Design, and Best Visual Effects.

The EDDYS is an annual film event that honors artists, actors, writers, directors, workers, and producers in the Philippine film industry.

“Our heartfelt gratitude to the jurors of The EDDYS. This film is not only a recognition for us but also a recognition for every Filipino artist who strives hard to produce a masterpiece worth sharing with the whole family and has an impact on society,” said Bianca Balbuena, ANIMA Head of Studios.

“On The Job (OTJ): The Missing 8,” which reflects societal problems in contemporary times, already bagged one of the most prestigious film awards at the 78th Venice International Film Festival earlier this year aside from gaining acclaim locally. John Arcilla won Best Actor for his performance as protagonist Sisoy Salas, the first Filipino actor to receive the prestigious Volpi Cup.

The critically-acclaimed crime thriller follows the journey of Salas, a corrupt reporter for a local newspaper forced to start an investigation following the disappearance of his colleagues. The series, which deals with Philippine political violence and media censorship, is a sequel to “On the Job,” released in 2013.

It boasts of a powerhouse cast led by Arcilla, Andrea Brillantes, Diane Salas, Dennis Trillo, Christopher de Leon, Lotlot de Leon, Leo Martinez, Isabelle de Leon, Eric Fructuoso, Agot Isidro, Joey Marquez, Dante Rivero, Vandolph, and many more.

The film started production in 2018, only to be completed two years later in the middle of the pandemic with theaters closed. Catch the movie and #PlayItRight by subscribing to HBO Go through Globe.

ANIMA joins its affiliate Globe in its #PlayItRight anti-piracy campaign. The advocacy supports filmmakers and entertainment content creators to help sustain their jobs and the lives that depend on the industry.

Visit ANIMA’s official website at to discover more about the production studio’s award-winning filmography and other works.


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