Culture and the Arts

FEU short film wins first prize in Manila Student Film Festival

A SHORT film made by third year college students from Far Eastern University won first prize in the 19 to 21 age group (Further/Higher education) category of the Manila Student Film Festival held last Tuesday at the International School Manila (ISM) Fine Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Fat You, written and directed by Ronnel “Thirdy” Rivera III, tells the story of a fat girl who is afraid to show up in her class reunion after being bullied by her former classmates because of her physical appearance.

In his acceptance speech, the winning filmmaker thanked the organizers for initiating the event as he reiterated his film’s message.

“It lets us express ourselves through films. Our film ‘Fat You’ is for all the fat people not only in the Philippines but all over the world. Let’s fight fat-phobia,” Rivera stressed.

The Plus Size Production film stars among others Marry Grace Yagi and Lexcel Quina, with support from Robby Delgado, FEU Theater Guild actor Ron Christian Alos and FEU UAAP Season 80 courtside reporter Sydney Allison Crespo.

Rivera also got the able support of director of photography and editor Pj Muñoz, production manager Jamilla Chua, production designer Winter Delos Reyes, assistant director Diana Manguiat, associate producer Neo Torres and location manager Roselene Ariola.

Fat You bested three other finalists in its category, namely Batang Hamog by Eluigi Macalintal from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, To Be Determined by Lukas Fiechter, Brian Molloy and Alejandro Minana from ISM, and Ligaya by Migui Baluyut, Jahia Roces and Risa Murayama from Singapore School Manila.

Meanwhile, the public service announcement World of Plastic by Roland Swank, Julian Benedict Alguno and Miguel Caballero from Cebu International School bagged the top prize in the 8-11 age group (Junior/Elementary).

In addition, the short animation Fresh by Eve Hartley from ISM won in the 12-14 category (Middle/High school) while Sorry I’m Late by Agnes Roche, Carmel Limcaoco, Reed Santos and Bruno Cote Rodriguez, also from ISM, topped the 15-18 age group (Senior/High school).

The MSFF aims to celebrate “the creativity of young filmmakers in the Philippines by providing an audience for upcoming talent and inspiring the filmmakers of tomorrow to create films now.”

Manila-based Italian director, cinematographer and editor Andrea Capranico and Filipino director, animator, film editor, sound recordist and art director Ricky Orellana served as judges.

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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