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Far Eastern University short film wins Precious Pelikula grand prize

FOR the second straight year, a short film made by Far Eastern University students got the top prize at the Precious Pelikula Film-making Contest awarding ceremony held during the 38th Manila International Book Fair last Sept. 17, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.

Victor Elijah Gador, who directed the winning short film “My Fat Chance” based on the Precious Hearts Romances novel by Sofia (Jernalie Dumapay), followed last year’s grand prize winner and fellow Tamaraw Richmond Cadsawan who adapted Jamie Black’s “Me, Myself and Peregrine.”

“My Fat Chance” won Best Film and Best Screenplay along with the Best Actress award for Jenny Yeo. The short film bested 10 other entries made by amateur and student filmmakers who were given a production grant of 15,000 pesos each to make their respective films.

The winning team, which also pocketed 100,000 pesos in cash prize, was made up of Gador, production manager Isha Dalabajan, director of photography Vince Catacutan, production designer Joma Velasco, assistant director Rhussel Famy, Shayne Salilican and Peter Bacatan and cast members Yeo, Austin Tan, Sabrina San Diego, Charles Cruz, Kevin Biol and Ron Alos.

“Married to Mr. Famous,” a short film directed by Edwin Dalisay based on Maricar Dizon’s novel, got second place. Jonel Revistual’s entry “Ang Panibagong Obra,” which is based on “Enchanted World of Kroen” by Gazchela Aerienne, won third place and Best Actor for Victor Medina.

Kenneth Mandrilla, an alumnus of FEU, bagged fourth place for his work “Ang Isinumpang Maging Single Forever” based on Yna Paulina’s novel. “Remembering Sunday,” directed by Brianne Carlo Amparado based on the novel by Belle Feliz, won fifth place.

Precious Pages Corp., publisher of Precious Hearts Romances, organized the competition by calling on and selecting amateur filmmakers who will translate a Precious Hearts story into a short film, without sacrificing the romance that these novels are famous for.

Seymour Barros Sanchez
Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film professor, freelance writer, and producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop(organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza film workshop.

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