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    Benilde film “Kaming Mga Nakakulong” bags GEMS Best Short Film award

    March 14th, 2018

    By  Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A CAPSTONE project from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won the Best Students’ Short Film at the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Hiyas ng Sining awards night.

    The awarding ceremony was held last March 2 at the Center for Performing Arts, DLS Santiago Zobel School, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City.

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong (We Who Are Trapped), written and directed by DLS-CSB Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking graduate Michael Joshua Pagaduan, tells the story of Leonard (Matt Daclan), a man who is having recurring nightmares of a childhood memory.

    Seeking help from his grandmother (Lui Manansala), he finds out the devastating truth about his dreams. He attends a support group to help him face the horrors of his past and finally have the courage to find peace. Apart from Manansala, Jill Palencia-Ibuyan also provides support to Daclan as Leonard’s girlfriend-turned-wife.

    Pagaduan or MJ, as he is fondly called by his friends and family, showed interest in writing stories as early as 2007. He also acted and directed in stage plays before he honed his craft in film school. For his capstone project, he was ably supported by director of photography Jeariel Mira, production designers Jacky Collins and Isabella Caja, sound recordist Tashana Rivera, musical scorer Patricia Lasaten and editor, the late Mich Garcia.

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong director MJ Pagaduan with family and BenildeFilm thesis mentor and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez.

    MJ joined fellow film category winners Ronaldo Valdez, Natatanging Hiyas ng Sining sa Pinilakang Tabing; High Tide (Universal Harvester Incorporated), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkalikasan; Changing Partners (Cinema One Originals), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkasarian; Respeto (Dogzilla and Arkeofilms), Natatanging Pelikulang Pangkarapatang Pantao; Ang Larawan by Loy Arcenas (Culturtain-Musicat Productions Inc.), Best Film and Best Director (Indie); 100 Tula Para Kay Stella by Jason Paul Laxamana (Viva Films), Best Film and Best Director (Mainstream); Paulo Avelino (Ang Larawan), Best Supporting Actor; Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Siargao), Best Supporting Actress; JC Santos and Bela Padilla (100 Tula Para Kay Stella), Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

    Through his film, MJ wants to show that “no matter how dark our past is there is still hope and that we aren’t slaves of our past, our traumatic experiences, and the lies of the world. It also hopes to show everyone that even if our earthly fathers abandoned us literally and figuratively, we still have a Father. And that Father loves us unconditionally to the point of sending His own son to die for us and freed us from the clutches of our past.”

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong previously won Best Film and Best Director awards in last year’s CineMapúa student film festival organized in Mapúa by the Film Arts and Media Enthusiasts (FAME). It also won Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Daclan in the Maningning category of CineSB7: The Main Installment.

    The short narrative film also competed at the SinePiyu 2017 intercollegiate category, 29th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival, 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health, 8th Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival, first ASEANnale film and multimedia competition, 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte, and was part of the Luzon delegation at Cinema Rehiyon 9.

    GEMS, a non-profit group and academe-based award-giving body, is made up of academicians from different schools, professionals from private institutions and sectors of our society, and students from prestigious colleges and universities.

    Headed by its president Henry Leen A. Magahis and founding president Norman Mauro A. Llaguno, the organization is on its second year of handing out trophies and certificates to their top choices in the field of print media, theater, radio, television and film.


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    Yolanda-inspired film wins back-to-back at ASEANnale 2018 and the 9th Largabista festival

    March 8th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A SHORT film on grief, memories, past experiences and a loved one, “Amy,” scored consecutive victories in the ASEAN Biennale or ASEANnale 2018 at the Asian Center in UP Diliman and at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte.

    Written and directed by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking student John Craig “Jaig” de Guzman, Amy tied for the Best Narrative Film award with Mission Accomplished by Eidref Kristin Faith Magpayo of Centro Escolar University-Malolos at the first ASEANnale Film and Multimedia Competition awarding ceremonies held last March 2.

    De Guzman’s entry also won Best Short Film and Best Editing at the Largabista Film Festival awards night held last March 3 onboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, which is docked at the Tacloban City port as part of its climate justice ship tour in Southeast Asia. It will be recalled that Tacloban is “ground zero” of the devastating typhoon that left over 7,000 people died last November 8, 2013.

    Chloe Tabanda plays Amy, who now lives in the mind of her boyfriend Mark after dying from the havoc caused by Typhoon Yolanda, while Seaver Choy essays the role of Mark, who tries to seek answers to his existential questions while living in a state of delirium.

    Jaig de Guzman accepts his ASEANnale trophy and cash prize from BenildeFilm internship coordinator and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez who represented him during the program.

    GMA news reporter John Paul Soriano, who represented the UP Film Institute, brought home the ASEANnale Best Film and Best Documentary Film for Recto while the ASEANnale Special Jury Award went to Pipo by Richard Legaspi of University of the East-Caloocan.

    Gilbert Baldoza, also from UPFI, won the top prize in the animation category for Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata while Edmund del Rosario’s Beautiful Soul and Donnie Ray Ipan’s Kapit, both from the University of Makati, took honorable mention.

    Hide and Seek by Nur Anis Zulaikha binti Ahmad and Che Mat Ruzinoor bagged the Best Interactive Multimedia prize. Dr. Ahmad Hisham bin Zainal Abidin of Universiti Utara Malaysia received the trophy and cash prize on their behalf.

    Meanwhile, Che de los Reyes of the Ateneo de Manila University and Jerald Yucot of the University of Makati bagged honorable mention awards in the documentary film category for Who’s Behind the Trump’s Effigy at the ASEAN Summit in Manila? And Puti(White), respectively.

    Diwa by Ma. Daniella Louise Borrero from the UP College of Mass Communication and En-Route by Anna Ma. Elizabeth Cañas-Llamas of UP Los Baños also got honorable mention certificates in the experimental film category.

    In the public service announcement category, Nancy Galang and Lynda Garcia of Upholding Life and Nature won honorable mention for their PSA PWD Sensitivity Video.

    ASEANnale gathered academics, experts, filmmakers, multimedia artists, and scholars celebrating the unique ASEAN perspectives and narratives. The three-day event centered on the theme Capturing the Spirit of ASEAN in the Digital Times and the sub-themes Diaspora, Disasters and Democracy.

    ASEANnale 2018 Film and Multimedia Competition Director Arminda Santiago, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) International Affairs Staff Director Lily Milla and ASEANnale 2018 Organizing Committee Chair Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso facilitated the awarding of trophies, certificates and cash prizes.

    Dubbed by Dr. Alfonso as “a festival of ideas in multi-modal and multi-textual spaces,” ASEANnale is a composite of activities that showcases the creative and research works of higher education students and faculty from ASEAN member countries. It is a project of CHED, UP Open University, UP Asian Center, UP College of Mass Communication, TVUP and the UP System in collaboration with the UP Open University Foundation Inc. and the Philippines Communication Society.

    Another Benilde film, Auntwo Susan, directed by Andrea Arias and Mia Rosero, won Best Cinematography for director of photography Yves Jamero and Best Actress in a Lead Role for Sherry Lara, who plays the title role. The short film tells the story of a 50-year old woman (Lara) who reconnects with her former neighbor (Kate Alejandrino) and together they settle problems about home.

    Other Benilde films which made it to Largabista’s list of finalists are Kaming Mga Nakakulong by Michael Pagaduan and Obra ng Maestro by Anna Francesca Coronel. They competed with eight other short film finalists.

    Aaron J.P. Almadro, editor in chief and creative director of 8 Magazine, spearheaded the film festival along with fellow organizers Greenspeace Southeast Asia-Philippines, led by its country director Amalie Obusan, and Sinerangan, co-founded by film director Gianfranco C. Morciano.


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    Far Eastern University short film competes at ASEANnale after Active Vista win

    March 2nd, 2018

    By  Seymour Barros Sanchez

    FRESH from its victory at the Active Vista Short Film Competition, a satirical film on Martial Law represents Far Eastern University this week at the first Film and Multimedia Competition and Exhibition of the ASEAN Biennale.

    ASEANnale 2018 will culminate with an awarding ceremony on March 2 at the University of the Philippines Asian Center in Diliman, Quezon City.

    Retrospektib, which was made by FEU communication students as a project for their Cinema Production or CNM2 class, recently won third prize at Active Vista “for taking the audience into a brave harrowing yet comical journey through the nightmares of dictatorship.”

    Written and directed by Daryll Jameson Apaga, the short film focuses on three male activists who try to escape the atrocities of the Narkos regime. Jay (Julio Garcia) persuades Boyong (David Paul Farma) and Ramon (Renz Silverio) to travel through time with the help of Mang Jun (Andres Balano), a local quack doctor. However, Boyong is hesitant about Jay’s plan on running away from it all. They will soon discover a life-changing scenario in the present time.

    Apaga got the able support of director of photography Nathan Olid, production designers Enna Sarmiento and Jaimie Del Rosario, costume designers Wency Bautizado, Pau Latoza and Dominique Fausto, soundmen Mark Ordiz and Davey Clemente, production managers Clarinette Cariaga and Gesma Rebagay, and producer Ira Locnen for Malayang Paskilan Productions. Apaga and Locnen teamed up with Elijah Gador in editing the film.

    Dr. Grace J. Alfonso, ASEANnale Organizing Committee Chair, said that the three-day conference seeks to encourage cultural and academic dialogue grounded on the concept of students and faculty as co-creators of knowledge and works.

    Apart from showcasing select creative and research works from the 10 ASEAN countries, ASEANnale seeks to promote a community of scholars through film and multimedia, poster exhibition, paper presentation, and international symposium on three sub-themes shared by numerous parties in the region: Diaspora, Disasters and Democracy.

    The event is envisioned to be a space for the sharing of voices, collaboration and networking of ASEAN higher education students and faculty.

    Apaga believes that “art can be a space of dissent and resistance.” For him, freedom of expression is significant as it “gives the oppressed a voice in the public sphere.” The filmmaker, who hails from San Mateo, Isabela, warns Filipinos not to be complacent during this period in our history.

    Wag nating ‘takasan’ o kalimutan ang kasaysayan specifically ang mga nangyari noong panahon ng martial law. Sa panahong kalat na ang fake news at kabilaan ang mga apologists at revisionists, kailangan natin ng kamalayan tungkol sa pinakamadilim na bahagi ng ating kasaysayan. Pwedeng mangyari ulit to kung hindi tayo magiging kritikal sa nangyayari sa lipunan,” he reiterated.

    Retrospektib previously won Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and 2nd Best Picture at the 2017 Sinepiyu and Outstanding Ensemble at CineSB7. It was also exhibited at Pineapple Lab in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City as part of FRINGEMNL 2018 and at UPLB REDREC Auditorium at the recent Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival.

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    PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

    February 12th, 2018

    Richard Legaspi

    THE Film Development Council of the Philippines named University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE CFAD) advertising professor and filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi as one of the honorees when it recognized recent international film festival winners and other achievers during the second Film Ambassadors’ Night held at Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City last Friday.

    FDCP recognized Legaspi’s short film Pipo, which tells the story of a boy who wants to have a picture of his family taken for a school assignment. Starring Maliksi Morales in the title role, the film also features Lou Veloso and Chanel Latorre, among others. It won the viewer’s choice award during the Asian and Middle Eastern Film Night of the fifth Gatffest Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica last year.

    Pipo has been selected to compete in more than 35 international film festivals around the globe so far. It also previously won the grand prize in the professional section of AnakTV’s Sinebata (children’s films) competition, 8-12 fiction category (based on target audience).

    The film pays tribute to manual film cameras and photographers who people often fail to acknowledge for documenting precious moments in their lives. It was produced by Red Room Media Productions through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Università delle Idee and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

    Legaspi is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts at the then UE College of Fine Arts in Caloocan. He eventually ended up teaching in his alma mater. He is a Gawad CCP awardee in 2010 and 2011, a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2012 for his screenplay Primera Bella and a Cinemalaya winner and Gawad Urian nominee for his short film Manenaya.

    He is also a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, a directing fellow at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and a recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate Artists of 2013, a scholarship program that offers residencies to artists worldwide. He was invited last year by the Taoyuan Cultural Department to stay in the heritage village of Sianguang 2nd Village for his socially engaged art projects.

    Dubbed as “an evening of celebration, thanksgiving and gathering of award-winning Filipino films and filmmakers,” the Film Ambassadors’ Night was first launched last October 2016 to cite those who continue to bring not only prestige to the country but has also raised the level of awareness to the craft and art of filmmaking.


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    PH Film Development Council to honor outstanding Filipino films, filmmakers and actors

    February 5th, 2018

    THE Film Development Council of the Philippines will pay tribute to Filipino films, filmmakers and actors who made waves internationally in the second FDCP Film Ambassadors Night to be held at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City this coming Friday.

    FDCP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Liza Diño said that the event is “the best way to start the year. It’s a special night which celebrates the triumphs of our Filipino filmmakers, especially those who brought honor to our country by winning awards various international film festivals last 2017. This is our small way of showing our appreciation for their passion and hard work.”

    Among those to be cited are the documentary films Sunday Beauty Queen by Baby Ruth Villarama and Two Way Jesus by Jet Leyco, television documentaries Warmer by Atom Araullo, Front Row‘s Bata sa Bintana produced by Joseph Conrad Rubio, Reel Time‘s Maling Akala produced by Jayson Bernard Santos, and Reporter’s Notebook‘s Pasan-Pasang Pangarap produced by Ian Simbulan. The last three are all GMA Network programs.

    In addition, FDCP will also recognize short films, namely Jared Joven’s and Kaj Palanca’s Contestant #4, TJ Collanto’s Diliman, Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 and Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s Imago, JP Habac’s Maria, Richard Legaspi’s Pipo, Phil Giordano’s Supot, and Joella Cabalu’s and Milena Salazar’s Do I Have Boobs Now?

    Also to be given honors during the event are the full length films 1st Sem by Allan Michael Ibañez and Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas, Across the Crescent Moon by Baby Nebrida, Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) by Lav Diaz, Ang Araw Sa Likod Mo by Dominic Nuesa, Area and Laut by Louie Ignacio, Baboy Halas by Bagane Fiola, Baka Bukas by Samantha Lee, Birdshot by Mikhail Red, Dagsin (Gravity) by Atom Magadia, Huramentado (Oath to Die) by Noriel Jarito, Ignacio de Loyola by Paolo Dy, Imbisibol by Lawrence Fajardo, Paglipay by Zig Dulay, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr., Patay Na Si Hesus by Victor Kaiba Villanueva, Pitong Kabang Palay by Maricel Cabrera-Cariaga, Sikreto sa Dilim by Mike Magat and Ramon Roxas, Singing in Graveyards by Bradley Liew, Tale of the Lost Boys by Joselito Altarejos and Women of the Weeping River by Sheron Dayoc.

    FDCP will also hand out awards to filmmakers Brillante Mendoza, Diaz, Ignacio, Dayoc, Red, Gutierrez, Fritz Silorio, Sari and Kiri Dalena, as well as actors Tommy Abuel, Sandy Andolong, Mary Joy Apostol, Joem Bascon, Dina Bonnevie, Iza Calzado, Ana Capri, Gabby Concepcion, Ricky Davao, Ai Ai Delas Alas, Matteo Guidicelli, Hasmin Killip, Christopher de Leon, Lotlot de Leon, Angel Locsin, Anna Luna, Ronwaldo Martin, Leon Miguel, Carlos Morales, Arnold Reyes, Charo Santos-Concio and Laila Ulao.

    Apart from those to be honored for their global achievements under the creative, technical and performance categories, FDCP will also award the A-listers and recipients of the Camera Obscura, the highest Artistic Excellence Award given by the council to outstanding filmmakers from last year. Previous Camera Obscura awardees include directors Mendoza and Diaz, and actors Jaclyn Jose, Allen Dizon and Teri Malvar.

    FDCP hopes that the event will also be an opportunity for filmmakers and industry movers of different backgrounds to come together to strengthen collaboration among the creative industries.


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    Three Benilde films to defend CineMapúa title

    January 22nd, 2018

    THREE short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Film making program will attempt to duplicate last year’s success of their fellow Benildeans when the annual CineMapúa student film festival kicks off this week at the Mapúa University in Intramuros, Manila.

    Karla Urquiaga‘s Healing, Jaig de Guzman‘s Amy and Regina Aceron‘s and C.J. Villa‘s Binihag are among the ten finalists of the CineMapúa 2018 Intercollegiate category.

    Last year, Benilde film graduate Michael Pagaduan‘s Kaming Mga Nakakulong won Best Director and Best Film while Martin Mayuga‘s Babuyan, another Benilde entry, brought home Best Actress for Cataleya Surio, Best Supporting Actor for Jomari Angeles and three other minor awards.

    Healing takes on the reality of a traumatized girl who tries to find her psyche. The film features Larissa Louise Alivio, Fe Saligumba, Erick Samonte and Matthew Seaver Choy.

    Amy tells the story of Mark, a college student from Tacloban who can’t help but see his girlfriend Amy who presumably died in the devastating typhoon Yolanda. He reaches out to a person who lives exclusively in his mind. Choy top bills this film opposite Chloe Tabanda.

    Binihag is about a hitman who finds his way to redemption as he interrogates a captive. Tracy Quila, Tere Gonzales, Dino Mercado, Lian Gonzales and Bongjon Jose star in this action-drama.

    The three Benilde thesis films will compete with Akalingwan Nang Rosa directed by Max Canlas from University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ang Sabi Ni Madam by Ed Paulo Villanueva from De La Salle-Lipa, Dapithapon by Nyle Libranza from Asia Pacific Film Institute, Hahahahuhuhu by Delano Vinci Agapito, also from APFI, Mission Accomplished by Eidref Magpayo from Centro Escolar University-Malolos, Pompoms by AJ Amar from Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila and Pua Iyam by Juan Pablo Pineda III from Far Eastern University-Manila.

    Meanwhile, Nixs Bernal’s two short films Nik-Nik and Uwi, Faustino Abante’s Ang Mga Burloloy ni Ella, Jev Romuel Gamboa’s Margo, Stephanie Dumayas’ Munting Tahanan, Emmanuel Chino Mutia’s Sa Mundong Aming Ginagalawan, Michael John Tuclaud’s Scripted, Fernando Manalo’s Toilet Trobol, Jay Carlo Magboo’s and Gadriell Gem Sol’s Uwian Na and Eugene Torres’ Yujin compete in the All Mapúans Category.

    The finalists for the Animation Category, which was introduced this year, are Southbound by Zaira Daradar and Rhadney Reyes, Imahe by Marc Lorenzo Tolentino, A113 by Keith Altares, Pood by Gio Sallena and Ugat by Calvin Hernandez, all from Mapúa’s Multimedia Arts and Sciences.

    CineMapúa, organized by Film Arts and Media Enthusiasts, aims to showcase students’ skills in producing short films and animation as well as their appreciation of the value of making films. It is headed by Festival Director and School of Media Studies officer-in-charge Benny Agapito.

    Screenings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., every two hours, at Audio-Visual Rooms 1, 2 and 3 from January 22 to 27, as part of Mapúa’s 93rd founding anniversary celebration.


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    FEU short film wins first prize in Manila Student Film Festival

    January 18th, 2018

    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.

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    Shortest Day Film Festival set at the Ayala Museum

    December 18th, 2017

    ON DECEMBER 21, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the cultural center of the Embassy of Spain, and Ayala Museum will offer a free screening of four multi-awarded Spanish short films – Elena Asins-Génesis, Pulse, Luchadoras and Consulta 16 – as part of El Día Más Corto/The Shortest Day, a short film festival celebrated simultaneously in more than 300 places worldwide.

    The Shortest Day is an idea that was set in motion by the French Short Film Agency in 2011, in which more than two million people from all over the world participated.

    In 2012 the initiative was emulated by other countries and in 2013 it grew into a truly international event, with the affiliation of a total of 12 European countries, as well as Canada.

    El Día Más Corto took place in Spain for the first time in 2013. It was organized by the Spanish Association for short films,, with 100 selected short films distributed in 20 recommended programs.

    The main idea was that everyone can organize a film festival for friends and neighbors in order to celebrate short films everywhere: schools, hospitals, streets, bars – every place is welcome to screen.

    Several television channels (TVE and Canal+) aired special short film programs, and Instituto Cervantes created a playlist of short films for its centers worldwide. The National Film Board and all regional film boards and cinematheques also joined the event.

    Instituto Cervantes joined this Festival in 2015, with the aim of showcasing the creativity of Spanish and Filipino short film productions. As an indicator of the vitality of the medium in Spain, the short film Timecode, directed by Juanjo Giménez Peña, was chosen Best European Short Film at the European Film Awards 2017, celebrated last December 8 at Dublin.

    By joining the worldwide screenings, Instituto Cervantes and Ayala Museum will help put the Philippines in the map of the said film festival. In 2017, the Philippines will be one of almost 50 countries worldwide that will celebrate together the love for short films.

    El Día Más Corto is brought to you by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, Ayala Museum and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. All films will be shown in their original version with English subtitles.

    The screenings will take place at Ayala Museum. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who register at AMlectureRegistration, there will be free popcorn courtesy of Instituto Cervantes. For more information please check out their Facebook page ( InstitutoCervantesManila) or the El Día Más Corto website ( internacional).


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    Lone musical in Manila Film Fest got an “A” grade from evaluation board

    December 16th, 2017

    ANG Larawan, the lone musical entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, received a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

    The musical written by National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio and composed by Ryan Cayabyab is the only film this year wherein all eleven CEB members who previewed it gave the highest grade. The CEB summation stated, “It is seldom and rare that the members of the Board give a unanimous A to a film.”

    Based on the play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, Ang Larawan tells of how financially troubled Marasigan sisters Candida and Paula hold on to their father’s masterpiece in spite of great interest and attractive offers from potential buyers.

    West End star Joanna Ampil plays Candida while multi-awarded pop singer/host and entrepreneur Rachel Alejandro portrays Paula. Urian Best Actor Paulo Avelino takes the role of Tony Javier, the boarder who is persuading the sisters to sell the painting to an American buyer.

    The rest of the cast features a stellar ensemble composed of OPM stalwarts Celeste Legaspi, Dulce and Nanette Inventor; stage and film luminaries Robert Arevalo, Nonie Buencamino, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Trinidad, Jaime Fabregas, Leo Rialp and Bernardo Bernardo; and young stars Sandino Martin, Aicelle Santos, Cris Villonco, Cara Manglapus, Jojit Lorenzo and Rayver Cruz. OPM icons Ogie Alcasid and Zsa Zsa Padilla have very special roles.

    Culturtain Musicat Productions is the production outfit behind this film directed by Loy Arcenas.

    The CEB praised the various aspects of production with one member citing that the movie is “enthralling, captivating and beautifully helmed!” The board described the performances by the leads and supports as “excellent.” Another member reiterated that, “Larawan is a brilliant, fabulous production with great acting and excellent technical elements.”

    As soon as CEB grade was released, the filmmakers took to social media to express their gratitude and joy.

    “Wow! What a blessing!” said Alejandro while Legaspi declared, “Very proud!” Ampil, who is touring as part of the international production of Cats, wrote on Facebook, “All the hard work is paying off.”

    Ang Larawan is Ampil’s first starring role in a film and she began preparing for it way back in 2014.

    The CEB recognition is the latest of a string of accolades that Ang Larawan has been receiving ever since its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival last October.

    Variety’s Richard Kuipers said, “This musical adaptation of a beloved Filipino play is a class act.”

    Local press and writers who have watched the film at an advanced preview are predicting Ang Larawan will be embraced by music-loving moviegoers and will be a strong contender for MMFF awards.

    The film has also gotten endorsements from the Commission on Higher Education and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, among others.

    Noting that Ang Larawan is a period movie, not a formula film, and that the musical genre remains untested, the CEB commended the production outfit for taking a risk.

    “So, kudos, congrats, and thanks to the brave, intrepid band of producers and their fearless funders for this film. May their tribe increase and may this movie reach as wide an audience as possible.”

    Furthermore, the CEB made a clear call to the moviegoers “to see this film and spread the good word: go out and see Filipino films!”

    For updates and information, check out the film’s website and Facebook page.

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    PH dance major wins in Malaysia

    December 14th, 2017

    Olivia Bugayong

    OLIVIA Bugayong, a third year dance student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, recently won the bronze medal in the senior category of the second Malaysian International Ballet Grand Prix.

    The competition, which ran from November 26 to 30, was divided into three stages — preliminary, eliminations and final. Participants were judged based on both classical repertoire (80%) and contemporary pieces (20%).

    After the total score was accumulated, Bugayong was among the ten finalists who got into the final round of her category. She eventually became the first Filipino who made it to the top three of the said competition.

    The DLS-CSB scholar is grateful to dance faculty Nina Anonas, her coach for ballet who joined her in Malaysia; dance chair Christine Crame, her mentor for contemporary; and associate dean Dr. Sunita Mukhi for her support to the Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster.

    The MIBGP organizers, witnessing the growth of ballet and the performing arts scene, worked with the HELP College of Art and Technology to launch the competition in 2016.

    The event aims to provide opportunities for all dance enthusiasts globally, boost the status of dancing, build integrity and friendship among dance enthusiasts, and share the knowledge of ballet.

    Bugayong started her classical ballet training when she was just three years old at the Vella C. Damian School of Ballet, Inc. where she learned the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Syllabus under the tutelage of Damian herself.

    The dance major previously won the gold medal at the 2016 Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts named her one of its Ani ng Dangal awardees the following year for her achievement.

    She performed the role of Black Swan in Crame’s contemporary choreography of Swan Lake with the Saint Benilde Romançon Dance Company and also played the part of Ina in Brillante Mendoza‘s Ang Pagtatapos which aired on TV5 last April 22.

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    Award winning film “Maestra” set to be shown on selected theaters

    December 5th, 2017

    MAESTRA, an award-winning film which pays tribute to teachers as modern-day heroes, will be shown at Cine Lokal in eight SM cinemas — Megamall, Mall of Asia, North Edsa, Southmall, Manila, Sta. Mesa, Fairview and Bacoor — starting Friday.

    The film, directed by Lemuel Lorca, features three generations of courageous teachers who will share significant lessons in life as they cross paths in a journey of dreaming to achieve, struggling to succeed and pursuing to find life’s greater meaning — as teachers.

    Maestra recently won Best Actress for Anna Luna and Special Mention for Best Screenplay for Archie del Mundo in the feature films section of the Five Continents Film Festival at Puerto La Cruz in Venezuela.

    Luna, who previously won Best Supporting Actress trophies for Paglipay at the 2016 To Farm Film Festival and for Bendor at the 2013 Cinema One Originals, essays the role of Iah Seraspi, a poor dreamer from Looc, Romblon who passionately pursued her studies to reach the top.

    The story of Seraspi, who managed to place second in the nationwide Licensure Exam for Teachers, became viral on social media and was featured on television.

    Gawad Urian Best Actress Angeli Bayani plays Gennie Panguelo, an Aeta-Ilocana parateacher who dreams of passing the LET exam. Panguelo, more popularly known as Ma’am Gennie, defies the odds by walking four hours everyday to school just to teach young Aeta students. She helped build the Tarukan Elementary School for children who mostly have slim chances of completing a school year.

    Queen of Visayan Movies Gloria Sevilla portrays the character of Esperanza Bautista, a respected teacher and most outstanding principal. Bautista, or Ma’am Espie to her students, can also compose and deliver poems on the spot as part of her inspirational talks. Now more than 80 years old, she still refuses to retire from teaching.

    The veteran actress was able to relate a lot to her role as a tireless educator.

    Kahit may edad na ako, gusto ko pa ring mag-artista dahil kaligayahan kong maging artista. I want to enjoy myself. I want to make people happy. Kahit may edad na ako, nandito pa rin ako. Kapag nasa dugo mo ang isang bagay, go for it,” she said.

    I really like the story. This is about the plight of teachers na hindi masyadong napapansin ng mga tao. Ang mga teachers ang siyang nagmo-mold ng utak ng mga kabataan,” she added.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Carl Balita, who runs 94 branches of his review center nationwide, produced his second advocacy film after the success of his first production Nars, a film about Filipino nurses.

    I want to pay forward to the teachers’ community who has helped me a lot. I realized that they’re really the unsung heroes of our generation,” the popular educator said.

    Balita, who is also an entrepreneur and media personality, revealed that he knows of several other inspiring stories of teachers.

    There’s so much to say. There’s so much to tell. Beyond three is probably too crowded. It’s blending three different stories in one harmonized script.”

    Maestra also stars Lou Veloso, Lui Manansala, William Martinez, Yayo Aguila, Suzette Ranillo, Karl Medina, Bong Cabrera, Paul Salas, Star Orjaliza and Balita as himself. A co-production with the Carl Balita Review Center and Spotlight Artists Centre, the film also competed at the Sydney World Film Festival, Warsaw Avenue Film Festival, 24th annual Filipino International Cine Festival and NPS International Children’s Film Festival in India.

    Balita explained why he also decided to take the festival route.

    I believe in the movie. I got the right people. I got the right production team. I got the right artists. I know we got a good story. I’ll let it speak for itself.”

    The film was Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

    Cine Lokal is a cinema line that houses independent, award-winning films and Film Development Council of the Philippines programs in select SM Cinema branches across the country. The CBRC branches will be in charge of further local distribution of the film.


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    Ballet Philippines takes on The Nutcracker but with added Filipino flavor

    December 2nd, 2017

    THIS month, Ballet Philippines, the country’s preeminent classical and contemporary dance company, takes on the timeless Christmas ballet The Nutcracker and sets it apart by adding its own unique Filipino flavor.

    The show runs from December 1 to 3 and from 8 to 10 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Fridays – 8 p.m., Saturdays – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays – 2 p.m.).

    Edna Vida‘s reinvention of the Tchaikovsky ballet classic is set in the Philippines in the 1920s. The young heroine Clara receives an enchanted Nutcracker Doll from her godfather, the toymaker Don Alfonso Quintero, at her family’s noche buena. Her sister gets the Sugar Plum Fairy Doll and her brother, the Rat King Doll.

    When midnight strikes, all the toys including her beloved Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Rat King come to life, and a battle between Rats and Toy Soldiers ensues. Her Nutcracker valiantly leads the soldiers, but is soon overpowered by the evil Rat King.

    Just as the Rat King delivers his final blow, Clara comes to the Nutcracker’s rescue and the Rat King falls.

    As the rats scurry off with their king, Don Alfonso appears and reveals the true identity of her doll — he is the Nutcracker Prince! He and the Sugar Plum Fairy have been trapped in a spell which only a person pure of heart can break.

    To thank Clara for her act of courage, the Nutcracker Prince whisks her away to the Kingdom of the Dolls. A feast is celebrated in her honor as she is surrounded by dolls from all over the world, dancing flowers, and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

    A holiday treat for the whole family, The Nutcracker is a tradition all over the world, with professional dance companies and schools doing their own version of the beloved full-length ballet, especially during the Christmas season.

    What makes BP’s version of The Nutcracker different from the rest is how the late National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal integrated Filipino design elements into the sets. The turn-of-the-century grand ballroom features art nouveau arches with anahaw leaves and framed capiz shells. It also showcases additional choreography by National Artist for Dance and BP artistic director emerita Alice Reyes.

    Nobuo Fujino, former principal dancer of Hong Kong Ballet, is guest artist, portraying the role of the Nutcracker Prince. He will partner with BP’s Denise Parungao who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy.

    Alternating with Fujino and Parungao are the tandems of Lester Reguindin and resident guest artist Candice Adea and Victor Maguad and company member Jemima Reyes. The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, with Gerard Salonga as conductor, will play live on select performances.

    Edna Vida’s The Nutcracker is made possible by ABS-CBN, The Japan Foundation Manila and Tan Yan Kee Foundation.

    For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


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    Belle Kay Loyola’s Dalit” ruled the Negros Island Film Festival

    November 30th, 2017

    BELLE Kay Loyola‘s short film Dalit (Poison) on Wednesday ruled the open category of the inaugural Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival awards night held at SM City Bacolod Cinema 4.

    Dalit, which tells the story of a man who has healing abilities and how these affect his personal life, won Best Film, Best Director for Loyola, Best Production Design for Noel Armocillo, Jr., Best Actor for John Arceo and Best Supporting Actor for Louie Dormido.

    Loyola’s thesis film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Film making Program beat Adobo by Val Vestil, Alibungan by Matthew Piodena, Five Sorrowful Mysteries by Shannan Gonzales, Happy Birthday by Gkie Erebaren, Hawud by Paul Venzi Florendo, Kaasab by Vince Divinagracia and Handuraw by Gilbert Basilio for the top prize.

    Vestil and Florendo are from Negros Oriental while the other filmmakers are from Negros Occidental.

    Alibungan took home the Jury’s Choice, Best Screenplay and Best Editing awards. Denli Chavez received the Best Actress trophy as Jane, a girl with a traumatic experience, in Happy Birthday while Kaasab bagged Best Musical Score and Best Supporting Actress for Kim Agnes. Five Sorrowful Mysteries won Best Cinematography while Hawud won Best Sound Design.

    Loyola, who was inspired “by cultural and historical stories as well as Filipino beliefs” in making the film, wants to show how it is like to live in a place where people depend on faith and folk healers.

    I feel so happy that I was given the chance to share my film to my very own hometown and to the people I (once) left behind while studying Film making in DLS-CSB,” the recent Benilde Film graduate said.

    It’s funny how this film was once just a concept on my mind and for the past months I have proven that it’s not about who you are as a person — it’s about the perseverance and positivity that you would apply on it and the rest will just flow,” Loyola added. She won 20,000 pesos for her victory while Piodena got 10,000 pesos for winning the Jury’s Choice Award.

    Meanwhile, Singgit sang Nalisdan by Carlo Navarrete from Silay Institute won Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Lorince Gonzales in the Intercollegiate Category, which are for student works from schools within the region.

    Asu by Lorenzo Dilag from Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod got the Best Director and Jury’s Choice awards. Navarrete and Dilag brought home 10,000 and 5,000 pesos, respectively.

    Kuebiko by Lourdes Antenor from University of St. La Salle bagged Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Charles Ea. Kapit, helmed by Gemma Acaling from the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College of Talisay City, won Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Herbert Montero. Landong by Joaquin Angelo Alpas from CSA-B won Best Musical Score while Pangalap, directed by Jessie Soberano and Mark Labrador of the Department of Education Division of Sagay City, brought home the Best Sound Design prize.

    The other student entries are Nene by Stephanie Marie Aliday, Bihag by Franklin Latriz, Hustisya Diin Ka? By Kathy Rose Magan and Hangkat sang Kapigaduhon” by Renz Osianas, also from CHMSC like Acaling, and Paglas-ay sang Kalamay by JJ Guilaran from USLS.

    Sine Negrense is a venue, a platform for local filmmakers to hone their craft. It’s a good way to promote local talent,” festival director Tanya Lopez said.

    The film festival hopes to bring out a new generation of filmmakers and enthusiasts, as well as cultivate an informed public on the importance of cinema and storytelling in terms of national identity, culture and heritage.

    Lopez got the able support of program director Adrian Torres and co-festival director Rodolfo Banjo Hinolan in organizing the event, with the help of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Negros Museum, Design Brewer and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

    The film festival opened last November 27 with the screening of Peque Gallaga‘s Sonata, which was shot in Negros Occidental. A film forum, led by NCCA Committee on Cinema officers Patrick Campos, documentary filmmaker Babyruth Villarama and film critic Tito Valiente, was held at the House of Frida on the second day.

    Sine Negrense entries and exhibition films directed by Erik Matti, Lawrence Fajardo, Borgy Torre, Manny Montelibano, Rosswil Hilario, among other Negros-born filmmakers, were also screened at the USLS and CSA-B campuses.

    The screenings continued at CHMSC Talisay Auditorium on the third day, culminating in the awards night, where a total of 31 awards were given.

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    Last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts set on Saturday

    November 24th, 2017

    INDIE bands Manel and Sleep Kitchen take center stage for the last round of Philippine-Spanish indie concerts Posporo(s) 2017 at 20:20 Bar in Makati City on November 25.

    Organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Posporo(s) is a series of concerts featuring the best bands in the Spanish and Philippine indie music scene.

    For the last two years, 16 groups from Spain and the Philippines and several prestigious local DJs have ignited the best live music venues in Metro Manila with these bilateral music matches. Posporo(s) aims to promote indie music talents from Spain and the Philippines, giving the artists themselves an opportunity to experience the music of their counterparts.

    Manel is undoubtedly one of the most relevant contemporary bands in the Spanish scene for their exquisite variety of musical repertoire, navigating between pop and folk along with deep narrative wit.

    With their four records, the Barcelona band is already part of the great tradition of excellent music sung in Catalan, where the big names of the cançó have always operated as popular craftsmen, offering a message that reaches all social layers, generational fringes and geographical origins. The great narrative flow of their compositions transits by the daily emotion, the nostalgia and the future at hand, in a universe full of characters that move between the real and the imagined.

    After becoming the first pop act ever to reach the #1 of the Official Spanish Charts singing in Catalan with 10 milles per veure una bona armadura (2011), the band did it again two more times: in 2013 with the release of their third album Atletes, baixin de l’escenari (2013) and then, in April 2016, with their fourth, Jo competeixo.

    With Jo competeixo, Manel made a clear turn towards the contemporary pop that the band will offer at their Manila concert.

    Sleep Kitchen will join Manel in this last concert of Posporo(s) 2017. The Filipino quartet has, by accident, combined folk, soul, and rock in what was only supposed to be a garden variety telling of Tao Aves‘ everyday sadness.

    In the course of the group’s relatively new standing, each of the members have already established their individual musical ventures and careers, especially Aves. The band’s collaborative work has been on for more than a year now and their music sends vivid pictures of the stories they intend to share.

    From the narratives of the lyrics, the powerful fluid riffs, and the enchanting voice of Aves, Sleep Kitchen has made its mark on their chosen musical genres.

    As with the first season of Posporo(s) concerts, this edition culminates with Philippine DJs playing the latest in electronic music.

    Growing up in a musically inclined family, counting singing and playing instruments as early forays, it isn’t hard to imagine that Mafia Escasinas would eventually pursue a career in music as a DJ.

    Starting in 2014 at Today x Future, she found comfort in house and electro music, but was later challenged to embrace hip hop and R&B where she has since thrived. Spinning a signature sexy vibe, she is also one half of The Grrs (with James Go), a DJ duo that also hosts Bed Squeaks, a hip hop and R&B party at Finders Keepers in Black Market, as well as an electro/indie night at Today x Future called Oh No!

    A versatile DJ, she currently plays a range of genres, including house, techno, hip hop, R&B, electro and disco.

    Miss Badkiss a.k.a. Christina Bartges is a half German DJ that plays an impeccable array of electro and techno mostly from her home country Germany. She got musically inspired hanging out her favorite club Erste Liga in Munich, watching the club’s residents Munk.

    When she started using the decks, Munk were nice enough to give her a bunch of records. Munk is now a popular artist who have releases by the label Gomma who have on its roster, Headman and Princess Superstar.

    Today, Miss Badkiss is the resident DJ of Elektro Disco, Soundsgood’s Friday nights at M Café. Her DJing skill has brought her all around the country. Her collection of vinyl is constantly updated as she plays the latest in minimal techno, hiphop, groove, discopunk and anything funky enough to make anyone dance.


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    BenildeFilm alumnus wins C1 Originals Best Short Film

    November 22nd, 2017

    CARL Chavez’s Sorry for the Inconvenience bagged the Best Short Film award at the Cinema One Originals 2017 awards night held last November 19 at the Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.

    The short film tells the story of Joshua (Ronwaldo Martin), a timid teenager who comes home one night after being beaten up by a bully in school. With revenge on his mind, the teenager decides to take matters into his own hands. When things didn’t go as planned, he is left with no choice but to seek help from his policeman father (Simon Ibarra).

    Cherry Malvar and Luis Ruiz provide support in the film which also competed at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last August.

    Chavez, a graduate of the Digital Film making Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, also made it to Cinema One Originals last year with Yes Mami, a short film about a young boy who dreams of getting the role of Mary for their high school theater club’s annual nativity presentation. Not Applicable, his BenildeFilm thesis, previously won third best short film at the 2016 CineFilipino Film Festival.

    Sorry for the Inconvenience edged out Big Boy by Jethro Jamon, Bilang by Edsel Uy, Caramel Child by Kim Timan, Diskarte by Agu Crisostomo and Mich Cervantes, Ina N’yo by Mary Evangelista, Mga Paro sa Dulo ng Lupa (Lords at the Edge of the Land) by Paulo dela Paz, Suerte by Carlo Fajarda and Supot by Philip Giordano for the Cinema One Originals prize.

    Timan, dela Paz and Fajarda are also BenildeFilm alumni like Chavez while Crisostomo and Cervantes are from the school’s animation program.

    Chavez is currently in Indonesia as one of the finalists of the ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY 2017 program along with fellow Filipino filmmaker Jean Cheryl Dizon Tagyamon and 20 others from Brunei, Cambodia, Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the host country.

    The workshop runs until December 3.

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    Award-winning Benilde film competes at Salamindanaw Asian filmfest

    November 18th, 2017

    TIM Rone Villanueva’s dark comedy Santa Nena! slugs it out with 12 other short films in the Philippine shorts competition of the fifth Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival in General Santos City.

    Villanueva’s thesis film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will compete with Aliens Ata by Glenn Barit, Contestant #4 by Jared Joven and Kaj Palanca, Daluhong by Don Senoc, Fish Out of Water by Mon Garilao, In the Middle of the Night by Bryan Brazil, Juana and the Sacred Shores by Antonne Santiago, Mga Bitoon Sa Syudad by Jarell Serencio, Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo, Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio, Recurrencia by Carmina Cruz, Sa Aking Katahimikan by Alyssa Suico and Touch Move by Frances Louise Giner. Short films tackling alienation, devotion, extrajudicial killings, human rights and forced disappearances and LGBT concerns dominate this year’s competition.

    Santa Nena! tells the story of a miraculous patron saint who comes to life at night. One day, while talking to her friend, an angel, she received a message from God to look for the boy “with the golden balls” who will help her bring into the world the new Messiah.

    Villanueva, who hails from Kawit, Cavite was inspired by Santa Maria Magdalena of Kawit Church or more popularly known as Santa Nena to Kawiteños.



    His family is a devotee of the patron saint so he came up with “an offering to God for all the blessings he gave me. But I think, my film turned out to be an irony,” he said as it seeks to “challenge the boundaries of relationship between humans and religion, a picture that will show the uncontrollable power of the heart.”

    The short film previously won the Best Narrative, Best Performance and Best Production Design awards at the Sinepiyu Film Festival intercollegiate category; Best Narrative Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Ross Pesigan and Best Script at the Ateneo Video Open; Maningning category Gold Picture Prize, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance for Elora Españo and Technical Excellence awards at the CineSB7 Film Festival; and Honorable Mention in the short feature category of the 29th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival. It was also part of the official Luzon delegation at the Cinema Rehiyon 9.

    Salamindanaw, organized by the Mindanao Center for Cinematographic Arts (formerly the Mindanao Center for the Moving Image), received a total of 927 entries of varying lengths and genres from all over Asia this year. It will run from November 27 to December 1.

    Festival director Teng Mangansakan shared that aside from being a platform for films of diverse lengths and genre by new and established Filipino and Asian directors, the event will also feature parallel activities such as film workshops, master classes and forums.

    Anchored on its mission to be a mirror (salamin) of peace (salam) in Mindanao, the festival aims to raise awareness and promote international cinema with emphasis on strengthening the cultural ties between Mindanao and its Southeast Asian neighbors, to support the nascent film movement in the host city and its nearby regions, to engage the public in both popular and critical discourse on art and cinema and their transformative power to shape ideas about society, and to create a development platform for emerging talents in Southeast Asia.

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    Two Far Eastern University short films vie for Viddsee Juree Awards

    November 17th, 2017

    JOSEL Fajardo’s Caterwaul and Ralph Quincena’s Dungaw are among the ten short films competing for the Gold and Silver Prizes of the Viddsee Juree Awards.

    Fajardo and Quincena worked with their fellow communication students at the Far Eastern University in completing their films. They are also both part of the FEU Film Society.

    In Caterwaul, deep secrets come to light at a girls’ sleepover. While watching an R-rated movie, a girl (Andrei Eunice Osano) shares her first sexual experience and re-enacts it to a friend (Quennie Abuyuan), who does not know that she’s in for a dark revelation.

    Fajardo was inspired by a story he heard from his friend about a female colleague who went missing and got found later. He revealed that he felt uncomfortable making the film at first, as a man writing about a female character’s perspective on a delicate subject.

    I struggled to find a way to solve this and all came out smoothly when I collaborated with my friend, Jennifer Leoncio, in writing the script, which gave a female’s perspective in telling the story.”

    He also shared a problem he encountered during the shoot.

    I had reservations in using male gaze in the language of cinematography and consulted my team first in pre-production. We came to the conclusion that it is was necessary evil to amplify the level of eroticism of the film and also provides the audience a peep-hole to the story of the characters,” he explained.

    Meanwhile, in Dungaw (Look Through), a problematic nursing student (Dennise Concepcion) finds unexpected comfort in a school toilet with the presence of a professor (Trechelle Ras). However, there’s more than meets the eye in the dramatic thriller as the student realizes that there are more secrets in the Nursing Building’s hallowed halls than she has herself.

    Dungaw earlier won the Short+Sweet Film Festival Audience Choice Award and Best Actress for Concepcion, the 2017 Ateneo Video Open 2nd Best Film, Best Editing and another Best Actress award for Concepcion, and 3rd Best Film, Audience Choice Award, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the SinePiyu 2017 Black Reel Category, among others.

    Quincena and producer Zheina David made the film to communicate the horrors and pressures of teenage pregnancy while incorporating a much-talked-about story in FEU. The director was also inspired by his aunt who suffered the same fate as one of the characters.

    This film aims to raise awareness to the helplessness women feel when caught up with a situation where there is only one escape,” he said.

    The other finalists are Christian Candelaria‘s Gawad CCP Best Short Film and Indie Un-Film Festival grand prize winner Sa Saíyang Islá (In His Island), Glenn Barit‘s Cinemalaya NETPAC Jury Prize and Sinag Maynila Best Short Film winner Aliens Ata (Maybe Aliens), Marvin Cabangunay‘s and Jaynus Olaivar‘s CMMA Best Short Film Nakauwi Na (Home), Christian Lat‘s Ottawa Digital Film Festival and International Film Festival Manhattan winner Redlights, Tashana Rivera‘s Kaulayaw (Companion), Rogin Losa‘s Lovely is Off Air, Chloe Veloso‘s Inahan sa Kanunay ng Panabang (Mother Of Perpetual Help) and Nathan Bringuer‘s Tirador (Slingshot).

    The competing films by upcoming talents from FEU, University of the Philippines, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Meridian International College and International Academy of Film and Television can be viewed online at

    The top two entries will win production equipment including a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera EF (Gold Award) and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel (Silver Award), LaCie Porsche Mobile drive 2TB (Gold) and LaCie Portable Drive 1TB Apple exclusive model (Silver), a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, RØDE microphones and audio accessories, and a five-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles, California from the Motion Picture Association.

    Each film shortlisted for the competition will be judged by an international panel of jury composed of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival and Locarno’s Semaine de la Critique or Critics’ Week, Vietnamese film producer and Yxine Film Festival founder Marcus Manh, and Filipino filmmaker and writer Antoinette Jadaone, who is known for directing That Thing Called Tadhana, Love You to the Stars and Back and Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, just to name a few.

    The Viddsee Juree program will start off with talks and film screenings at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on November 24 and will culminate with the awards ceremony the following day at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.

    There will also be talks and screenings of the ten finalists together with a Q&A session with the filmmakers on November 25 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila before culminating with the awarding ceremonies on the same day and in the same venue at 6 p.m. All these are free and open to the public.

    Viddsee Juree Awards, which is part of the online entertainment and technology platform’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia, is held to celebrate the jury’s picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. The initiative is supported by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

    The Juree aims to bridge the gap between digital film making and distribution by working closely with local film communities as the Filipino audience grows and the network of creative content producers from the Philippines expands.

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    Benilde film Suerte tries its luck in Singapore

    November 16th, 2017

    The Suerte team

    AFTER competing in the Wide Angle category of the Busan International Film Festival last October, Carlo Fajarda’s short film Suerte will vie for awards next in the Southeast Asian short film competition of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival.

    Suerte, which means luck in Filipino and was used as a name of a street in the film, follows two amateur filmmakers (played by Fajarda himself and the film’s director of photography and editor Phillipe Quintos) shooting a documentary about the drug trade. While they go along with their subjects, brothers Betong (Karl Medina) and Roel (Dan Medrana), they slowly get involved until the point of no return. As the night wears on, their dangerous obsession with their project forces them to cross the line between observer and creator.

    Fajarda’s thesis film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde joins three other Filipino films competing for the Silver Screen Awards in the festival. They are Carlo Francisco Manatad’s Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, Margarita Mina’s Puppy Love and Andrew Stephen Lee’s The Sound of Coins Hitting Brass.

    The film festival, which will run from Nov. 23 to December 3, will feature over 100 films from 42 countries. It is the longest-running and leading international film platform in Southeast Asia for independent cinema. Also part of the Philippine contingent in the official selection are Salvage: Malay Wild by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, The One Armed Executioner by Bobby A. Suarez and In the Claws of A Century Wanting by Jewel Maranan.

    Founded in 1987, the festival focuses on independent films, particularly those from Asia. The Silver Screen Awards is divided into the Asian feature film competition and the Southeast Asian short film competition.

    The awards night will be held at the Grand Theatre of Marina Bay Sands on December 2.

    Aside from Marina Bay Sands, the various venues for the SGIFF include Shaw Theatres Lido, the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Filmgarde Bugis+, Objectifs and *SCAPE.

    Fajarda, who earlier made history by being the first Benildean whose film competed in Busan, explained that it is very close to him. “The characters in the film are based on real life, and the story is based on what’s happening everyday here in our country right now.”

    Suerte producers Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew were the ones who submitted Fajarda’s work in various film festivals abroad.

    Suerte is also currently being shown as part of the short films in exhibition at the Cinema One Originals film festival.

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    Dong Abay, Joe Crepúsculo set the stage on fire in Posporo(s)

    October 24th, 2017

    FILIPINO poet, artist and rockstar Dong Abay and Spanish musician Joe Crepúsculo keep the flame of the best live music burning when they share the limelight in Posporo(s) this week.

    Posporo(s), a series of free concerts organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, aims to showcase the best talents in the Spanish and Philippine indie music scene to give the two sides an opportunity to experience each other’s music.

    After three other gigs in June, July and September, it is now Crepúsculo’s and Abay’s turn to take over the most eclectic match in the two-year-journey project this Saturday, 9 pm., at The Cabin 420 Bar & Bistro, A.Venue in Poblacion, Makati City.

    Over the past few months, 14 bands from the two countries and several local DJs have ignited Metro Manila with magical music matches, the name given to one of the newest and most ambitious projects in the cultural field. The live music events have made it possible to bridge the gap between differences in style, artistic forms and disciplines as well as distance.

    From being an attitude towards the industry to a style that is almost the definition of a generation encompassing all kinds that pop and rock can offer, the landscape of the Spanish indie music has changed over time. It thrives in different ways whose only shared feature is the strength of the new.

    In this framework of renewed energy, Crepúsculo is synonymous with fiesta. Numerous Spanish artists like him have recovered the spirit of the DJs of the Ruta del Bakalao whose disc jockeying was both a performance and a musical gig.

    However, along came also cumbia, flamenco, rap and a break in style where anything goes as long as it makes him dance. His album Supercrepus was named best Spanish album of the year in 2009 by the prestigious magazine Rockdelux, validating a huge talent capable of billing pop songs with astonishing ease. He performs in Manila with his eighth album Disco Duro.

    On the other hand, Abay’s music is best described as Pinoy alternative rock, which contributed significantly to the local music scene in the 90s. His songs are a mixture of poetry, rock music and the alternative kalye music in the first waves of his career.

    Since then, Abay has always managed to encapsulate accurately contemporary Filipino life in his songs and music. He then etched his name in the industry by using art to effectively communicate his vision of and outlook on Filipino life through his music and poetry.

    Abay is also a staunch supporter of advocacies promoting the conservation and preservation of nature. In college, he was a member of the University of the Philippines-based vocal ensemble Patatag before hooking up with two other fellow members to form Yano, a seminal folk-punk rock band of the 90s.

    After parting ways with Yano and a brief hiatus, Abay returned to the music scene in 2002 and formed the group Pan that led to the release of Parnaso Ng Payaso. A song called Hula from that album won the Best Folk/Pop Recording at the Awit Awards the following year. Other notable tracks from the album include Rebolusyon, Dumpsite and Mabuhay.

    Going solo as an indie artist, Abay came out with his EP Sampol in 2005 as part of his undergrad thesis. He then released his album Flipino in 2006 with the songs Perpekto, Tuyo and Bombardment, among others. Perpekto received significant airplay and the album as a whole established him as an important part of the Pinoy rock landscape.

    His next solo effort was the release of the album Rebulto in 2012. All the songs in the album revolved around the Jose Rizal monument in Luneta. Two years later, he formed the group D.A.M.O. with Kakoy Legaspi on guitars, Simon Tan on bass, and Abraham Billano on drums. They started working on the album Humanidad, a collection of 14 new tracks by Abay set to music by his fellow band members, which is sure to further affirm his relevance as a songwriter and Pinoy rock icon.

    For the second time, Posporo(s) will have a video installation by MVLTIVERSE, a multimedia collective formed by Derek Tumala, Megan Palero, Clarissa Gonzalez and Junie Linsoco that creates new forms in transcending the moving image through live performance, new media and installations. For more information, visit

    Apart from the concert, Crepúsculo will be playing some of his music on October 24 at and during an interview at Jam 88.3 on October 26.


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    3rd Danish Film Festival unreels

    October 20th, 2017

    THE Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines, in partnership with Shangri-La Plaza and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, recently kicked off the 3rd Danish Film Festival with the screening of “The Sunfish” (Klumpfisken, 2014) at Shang Cineplex Cinema 4.

    Søren Balle’s debut film follows the story of Kesse (Henrik Birch), a third-generation fisherman living in the small town of Hirtshals at the top of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. With new fishery policies and the global financial crisis pressuring local fishermen, he turns to notorious and alternative ways of making ends meet. This leads him to meet female marine biologist Gerd (Susanne Storm), his polar opposite.

    Aside from the opening film, ten other films featuring the richness of Denmark’s cinema will be screened for free from October 19 to 22 on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Susanne Bier’s “After the Wedding” (Efter Brylluppet, 2006) stars critically acclaimed actor Mads Mikkelsen as Jacob Peterson, a manager of an orphanage for homeless children in India who is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

    Similarly, the award-winning psychological drama “White Night” (Hvid Nat, 2007), directed by Jannik Johansen, also forces its protagonist to deal with his past when a workaholic’s life takes on a downward spiral following an accidental death in a bar-room brawl. As the guilt of the unscrupulous real estate agent Ulrich Nymann (Lars Brygmann) grows, his life slowly crumbles around him. Next, an unpleasant event from his past rears its unforgiving head.

    Acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new film “The Commune” (Kollektivet, 2016) is a period drama about the clash between personal desires against solidarity and tolerance with communal living in 1970s Copenhagen. Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a local television newsreader, and her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), who teaches architecture at a university, have a 14-year-old daughter, Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen). When Erik’s father passes away, Anna suggests that they turn the huge house where Erik grew up into a Danish commune as it is too expensive for them to occupy on their own.

    “Long Story Short” (Lang Historie Kort, 2015), directed by May El-Toukhy, follows a group of friends approaching mid-life as they struggle to redefine the perfect relationship and find true love. The dramedy, which tells the story of their ups and downs over three years, is an ensemble film about love in which most of us will recognize some aspects of our own lives.

    Young viewers will also be entertained by Frederik Meldal Nørgaard’s “Going to School” (Villads Fra Valby, 2015) and Tilde Harkamp’s “Iqbal Farooq and the Secret Recipe” (Iqbal & Den Hemmelige Opskrift, 2015). The former is based on the books by Anne Sofie Hammer where the six-year-old Villads often runs into trouble with the rules of the grown-ups around him while the latter tells the story of an imaginative 13-year-old boy who ends up creating a potent explosive that two crooks, Easelman and The Swine, begin to hunt down.

    Michael Noer’s “Key House Mirror” (Nøgle Hus Spejl, 2015) tells the story of Lily and Max, a couple who have been married for over 50 years and now live together in a nursing home, where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. Lily, who has been putting her own needs aside and is desperately longing for intimacy and excitement in her life, decides to fight to escape the bars of her invisible prison and claim her freedom.

    Noer also directed “Northwest” (Nordvest, 2013), which follows the 18-year-old Caspar as he struggles to provide for his family by stealing for the local gang in the suburbs of Copenhagen. He wants to reach the top, no matter what. He carries out small-time break-ins for Jamal, before moving on to work for big player Björn. All goes well, until Jamal’s gang decide they want revenge.

    In the Danish martial arts film “Fighter” (Fightgirl Ayse, 2007), directed by Natasha Arthy, high school student Aicha doesn’t want to enter medical school like her brother Ali, as her Turkish parents expect her to. Instead, her passion for kung fu leads her to secretly start training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. A boy, Emil, helps Aicha train for the club championship and they fall in love. But the rules of life are not as simple as the rules of kung fu, and she is forced to decide who she is and what she wants.

    Anders Morgenthaler’s “Echo” (Ekko, 2007) follows a divorced police officer Simon, who has recently lost custody of his six-year-old son. In a desperate move, he takes his son into hiding in a remote and empty cottage to spend one last holiday alone together. But his plan to spend the last holiday with his son soon turns into a nightmare.

    The selection and screening of films for the 3rd Danish Film Festival are made possible by The Danish Film Institute, TrustNordisk, Shang Cineplex and the FDCP through their Film Cultural Exchange Program. For inquiries, call 370-2500 loc. 597 or visit

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    Tingin ASEAN Film Festival unfolds at Shang Cineplex

    October 10th, 2017

    IN COMMEMORATION of the 50th anniversary of the Philippines’ membership to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the country’s chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival (Southeast Asia through the Eyes of Cinema) at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City from October 11 to 15.

    The film festival attempts to draw a composite picture of modern Southeast Asia by bringing together exemplary contemporary films from the ASEAN region. It also aims to hold up a mirror to our many struggles and triumphs as people living in the margins, left of center.

    Tingin will screen notable ASEAN films like “A Yellow Bird” (Singapore), “IloIlo” (Singapore), “Golden Slumbers” (Cambodia), “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” (Philippines), “Dearest Sister” (Lao PDR) and “Kayan Beauties” (Myanmar), among others. These films each tell a particular story about their origin countries and gathering them in the festival consequently hopes to map out the different facets of the region.

    Some of the directors of these award-winning films, such as K. Rajagopal (Singapore), Remton Siega Zuasola (Philippines), Mattie Do (Lao PDR) and Aung Ko Latt (Myanmar), will be present during the screenings for Q&As with the audience.

    The event will also include daily forums on the future of film distribution and an overview of contemporary Southeast Asian cinemas led by Dr. Arminda Santiago, Prof. Patrick Campos and award-winning documentary filmmaker Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez.

    Admission to the screenings and forums is free and open to the public. The festival begins at 1 p.m. and the last screening starts at 8 p.m.

    Tingin is being organized by the NCCA in cooperation with its partners ASEAN, CulturAid, Shang Cineplex and Shangri-la Plaza.

    For questions and inquiries, please contact Tingin marketing coordinator Ginny Mata at 0917-5296133 and Check out the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival Facebook page ( for the complete schedule and more information.


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    Ready, get set, let’s go to Komiket!

    October 3rd, 2017

    THE Filipino Komiks Art Market (KOMIKET) will launch its biggest event of the year this year at the Centris Elements, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

    Over 450 komiks creators, illustrators and writers, ready to share their newest works, will be present during the October 14 and 15 event.

    Meet and greet Komiks Superstars Arnold Arre, Gerry Alanguilan, Pol Medina Jr., and Manix Abrera, social media heavyweights Hunghang Flashbacks, Sskait and Libreng Komiks, art market favorites Gwapings ng Komiks, Ilustrador ng Kabataan, Patay Kung Patay, first-time creators from the 3rd Comic Book Creator’s Workshop, among others.

    The first 1,000 attendees will get a free copy of KOMMUNITY, a komiks collection from some of the creators of the local komiks community.

    Artists and readers will unite at the KOMIKET TALKS: Readers Meet Creators. At least ten book club communities will meet and discuss with the creators for the first time. Get first dibs on the latest releases and bring home stickers, postcards, prints, zines and books in this affordable art market.

    Tickets are priced at 100 pesos each. Check out the Komiket Facebook page for more details.


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    Far Eastern University short film wins Precious Pelikula grand prize

    September 29th, 2017

    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.

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    BenildeFilm alumna’s short film competes in Iraq filmfest

    September 28th, 2017

    “PAPA’s Shadows,” a short film written and directed by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde film alumna Shallah Montero, next month will vie for top awards at the Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq.

    The film tells the story of seven-year old Mia (Pintig Santos) who has a lot of questions about death at her young age. She has always heard about death but has never fully understood it. As the little girl experiences the loss of her own father, she struggles to see her mother (Roence Santos) becoming sadder each day. She seeks help instead from the shadow puppets her father left her, to cope and understand the meaning of life and death.

    Montero revealed that she particularly made the film for her mentor, visual artist and shadow puppeteer Don Salubayba, and her favorite TV cameraman and cinematographer Egay Navarro, both of whom have passed away.

    “Don’s influence in shadow play and how he introduced the craft to me at a young age and a conversation with Egay’s little son on his concept of death has inspired me to write this story. Both of them left their children too early, grasping reality at such a young age,” she explained.

    “I wanted to use the concept of how a child’s imagination can help them cope with such a heavy reality and how their innocence can help them emerge stronger through trying times,” the young filmmaker added.

    The festival is divided into two sections: World Cinema or International Cinema, which showcases a series of feature and short films from all over the world, and Kurdish Cinema, which presents a series of films made in a Kurdistan Region — Iraq, Iran, Turkey or Syria.

    Montero took Creative Writing as an arts scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna and received the Artistic Excellence Award. She graduated from Benilde with honors finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Filmmaking in 2012. She has won numerous awards for her short films.

    “Papa’s Shadows” previously won the Jury Prize in the short film category the QCinema International Film Festival last year. It will be shown fro October 1 to 7.

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    PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival runs at Greenbelt 3 next month

    September 27th, 2017

    PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas in Makati City.

    Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Ayala Cinemas; the 16th edition of the festival will screen more than 20 films from Oct. 5 to 15.

    Since the festival’s inception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, it has traditionally been graced by the presence of Spanish and Latin American filmmakers.

    In this edition, filmmaker Salvador Calvo will fly to Manila to open the Festival with his movie 1898, Los últimos de Filipinas. Produced in 2016, the film retells the story of the Baler siege, where in 1898 a group of Spanish soldiers resisted for 337 days without knowing that the war was over. Director Salvador Calvo will have a Q&A with the audience on October 6, 9:30 pm.

    On October 6, 4:30 pm., Spanish director Sally Gutiérrez will present her documentary Ta acorda ba Tu el Filipinas?

    Produced in 2017, and selected by several festivals around the world like the Seminci (Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain) and the Los Angeles Philippine Film Festival, the Manila screening will be the world premiere of her work.

    Película’s lineup of films shows a list of genres ranging from romance and comedy (La noche en que mi madre mató a mi madre, El ciudadano ilustre) to documentaries (Frágil equilibrio), thrillers (Al final del túnelEl hombre de las mil caras), animation movies (Psiconautas), and dramas (Que Dios nos perdoneTarde para la ira).

    The film festival also gives tribute to Latin- American cinema with movies from Argentina, México and Venezuela.

    On October 10, in collaboration with the Embassy of Argentina, Película will focus on the Argentinean film industry with the showing of the documentary El auge del humano, the multi-awarded comedy El ciudadano ilustre, and the drama Kóblic, which will be shown at 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

    In December, a selection of the films from the festival will be screened in Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao in December in collaboration with FDCP.

    Audience Choice Award

    Also, one should not miss the “Audience Choice” Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the Festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain.

    Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain–AECID, FDCP and Ayala Cinemas, PELÍCULA is made possible by Rustan’s, Fundador, Turkish Airlines, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, and TurEspaña, in collaboration with Ayala Museum, Diamond Hotel, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Cut Print Productions, the Embassy of Argentina, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of Venezuela, and UP Film Institute.

    For the schedule, lineup of films and further information on the festival, please visit the Instituto Cervantes website ( Facebook page ( InstitutoCervantesManila).


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