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    Indie-Siyensya to honor winning science films tomorrow

    November 27th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THE Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute will award the winners of the third Indie-Siyensya science filmmaking competition tomorrow at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

    The winners were chosen by Indie-Siyensya’s distinguished board of judges from the final entries submitted in the Youth and Open categories, with the themes “What My Community Needs Now” and “What My Country Needs Now,” respectively.

    Three films from each category will receive trophies and cash prizes: PhP100,000 for the Best Film, PhP50,000 for the second prize and PhP25,000 for the third prize. The competition’s main organizer will also give a special Viewer’s Choice Award, with a cash prize of PhP10,000 pesos, to the film with the most number of votes from the Indie-Siyensya audience.

    Film advocate and Beyond Deadlines writer Prof. Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Judging this year’s Indie-Siyensya are advocacy filmmaker, educator and Beyond Deadlines entertainment writer Seymour Sanchez from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program and Far Eastern University Department of Communication; Prof. Patrick Campos, director of the University of the Philippines Film Institute; Prof. Garry Jay Montemayor, chair of the Department of Science Communication, College of Development Communication, UP Los Baños; Dr. Mudjekeewis “Mudjie” Santos, father and founder of the Genetic Fingerprinting Laboratory under the Department of Agriculture-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute; and astrophysicist and data scientist Dr. Reinabelle “Reina” Reyes, who became known as “the Filipina who proved Einstein right” with her work on his Theory of Relativity.

    The judges screened more than 300 film concept proposals for short documentaries that capture science as it works to answer the needs of communities and the country. The criteria for judging are Scientific Content and Adherence to the Theme (50% for the Youth category and 40% for the Open category), Execution of Idea (30% for both categories), and Film Techniques (20% for Youth and 30% for Open).

    “We were surprised by the number of individuals and groups interested in joining this year’s Indie-Siyensya. We’re hopeful that projects like this will encourage more students to choose science courses,” DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo shared.

    Indie-Siyensya partnered with the Film Development Council of the Philippines to hold a free science communication and film workshop last July 6 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. The workshop, which aims to help equip participants with the skills needed to create visually appealing and credible science films, was facilitated by Montemayor, 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge Challenge winner Hillary Diane Andales and director of photography Joshua Reyles.

    Aside from organizing Indie-Siyensya, DOST-SEI primarily spearheads the country’s premier science scholarship programs and conducts teacher training and science promotion programs for the youth.

     

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    Benilde film earns CMMA nod

    November 26th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A THESIS film project from the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was nominated for Best Short Film at the 40th Catholic Mass Media Awards.

    “Saranggola” (Kite), directed by Cielo Bagabaldo and Gloria Mae Soriano, tells the story of Mica (Erika Clemente), a seven-year-old child who lives in the province with her parents. Her father, Michael (Lawrence Roxas), is an overseas Filipino worker and is about to leave again. Michael, not wanting to make her daughter worry, gives her a list of things to do while he is abroad. He promises that if she finishes all those, he will come back right away. The last item on the list is to create a kite and to make it fly. Jennifer Dadivas plays the role of Mica’s mother.

    “Comfort Room” from UST Angelicum College, Inc. eventually won Best Short Film during the awards night held last November 14 at Star Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.

    Although “Saranggola” did not bring home the award, Benilde film alumna Bagabaldo made her parents doubly proud when they attended the awards night with her. She shared that their capstone project would like to show that “Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing father.”

    Meanwhile, the Benildean Press Corps, DLS-CSB’s official student-journalists’ organization, bagged the Best Student Literary Publication for “Shades of Gray: Convalescence,” the official literary folio of Benildean students.

    CMMA, which was established in 1978 by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin and organized by the Archdiocese of Manila, recognizes students, professionals, and organizations that promote Christian values among Filipinos through media communication.

     

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    Award-winning Benilde films compete at 2nd Maginhawa film fest

    November 24th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    TWO award-winning capstone projects from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts film program will vie for more recognitions in the short film competition of the second Maginhawa Film Festival to be held next month in four different venues.

    Delta” by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal and “In-Tay” by Leyvie Anne Santos will compete with ten other short films at Cinema Centenario, University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) Videotheque, Pineapple Lab and Cinema Silencio from December 1 to 29.

    In “Delta,” two brothers, Marco and Lucas, go to the river for a weekend without their parents to celebrate the former’s birthday. As they bond together, Marco shares with Lucas his plan to explore the end of the river. Out of curiosity, Lucas heads out to the river alone.

    “Delta” won Best Cinematography (Geo Joshua Cahoy), Best Supporting Actor (Jemuel Satumba) and Best Supporting Actress (Chin Jongko) at the fifth Urduja Film Festival in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

    The filmmakers revealed the personal connection they have with the story since the foundation of creating it has something to do with their experiences.

    “It was our first year in college when we went and hiked together with some friends to the same location (Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal) where the film was taken. A month after, we heard this news that a student got lost in the place and until now, his body is still not found,” Macalintal shared.

    It’s surprising that we’ve become part of the selection because this is the first time that Delta will be screened in cinemas. We’re grateful for this opportunity to showcase our film and events like this never fail to give us the feeling of fulfillment because of the sacrifices we made in creating the film,” Garcia added.

    Meanwhile, “In-Tay” tells the story of a daughter raised by lesbian parents. After receiving a letter from her father, she starts to find the real meaning of family.

    In-Tay” previously bagged Best Actress (Fe Saligumba), Best Song (“Korona” by Mark Robina Ortiguero) and Best Ensemble (Saligumba, Caith Annika Angkay, Jessica Marco, Ruth Lopez-Dee and Reggie Caranyagan) at the sixth Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley.

    Santos is grateful to the film festival for giving her the opportunity to showcase her film.

    “It has always been a dream to share this piece of heart to a wider audience. I hope that it would be successful in bringing happiness, appreciation, inspiration and love to the people,” she said.

    The other short film finalists are “Ang Pagtuklas sa Larangan ng Pagiging Maria Clara” (The Discovery in the Realm of Being Maria Clara) by Lady Vicente, “Bahay-Bahayan” (Playhouse) by Brian Spencer Reyes, “Heist School” by Julius Renomeron, Jr., “Huli” (The Last One) by Coco Oei, “Jepoy” by Avid Liongoren, “Nangungupahan” (Who Rents There Now?) by Glenn Barit, “Ngiti ni Nazareno” (The Smile of Nazareno) by Luisito “Louie” Lagdameo Ignacio, “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” (Belief as the Light in Darkness) by Francis Guillermo, “Wala’y Humayan sa Tanglad” by Neil Angelo Briones and “Yujin” by Eugene Torres.

    In the main competition, “Aria” by Carlo Enciso Catu, “Dog Days” by Timmy Harn, “Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar, “Liway” by Kip Oebanda, “Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma” by Iar Arondaing, “Tanabata’s Wife” by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan, “Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang” by Jewel Maranan, and “Yield” by Victor Tagaro and Toshihiko Uriu will vie for Best Film, Director, Performance, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Design, Editing, Production Design and the Maginhawa Choice Award.

    Maginhawa Film Festival is organized by Cinema Centenario, an alternative screening venue which strives to promote Philippine cinema and develop its local audience.

    The event is being held in celebration of the microcinema’s first anniversary and Philippine cinema’s centennial. Awards night will be held on December 9 along Maginhawa Street where the cinema is located. Tickets range from 150 to 200 pesos per screening. For inquiries, contact 0945-5367054.

     

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    SA•YAW integrates everyday movements into dance

    November 22nd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A DANCE project directed and choreographed by Ani ng Dangal awardee Olivia Bugayong will be performed on November 23 and 24, Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the SDA Black Box, 6th floor School of Design and Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

    Through personal interviews and dance vignettes, “sa•yaw” looks at dance from the lens of ordinary people as it explores the rawness of people’s everyday movements as a form of expression, providing a fresh perspective on the art of dance choreography. The production’s music is provided by Jarrett Pinto and the narrative is written by Marya Dela Torre.

    Each movement becomes a dance step and makes a story. These movements will eventually contribute largely to an individual’s spirituality most especially in their chosen path. The dance project also aims to promote professionalism through the different qualities and behaviors that the performers practice throughout the entire production. Most importantly, “sa•yaw” will have the audience members rethink their actions, for all their actions have meaning.

    Bugayong, who is taking up Bachelor of Performing Arts Major in Dance at DLS-CSB, started dancing at the age of three and trained under the supervision of Vella Damian, ACBF for ballet, and Christine Crame for modern dance. For five years, she received the highest grade with gold medal, also known as the Distinction Award, from the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. She is currently a company member of the Saint Benilde Romançon Dance Company.

    The 20-year-old ballerina has won in local and international competitions such as the Philippine Dance Cup 2016, Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition, and Malaysian International Ballet Grand Prix. The National Commission for Culture and Arts awarded her the Ani ng Dangal trophy for “excellence in the field of performing arts and giving pride to the country.”

    sa•yaw” will also feature two-time HKCCDC gold medalists Michael “Kul” Dela Torre and Mark Aldrich Juelar, HKCCDC 2016 best performance winner Neil Casagan, and SBRDC senior member Jay Anthony “Tonjie” Mangao.

    Tickets are available at 200 pesos each at the 9th floor of the SDA Campus. The show is open to Benildeans and non-Benildeans. For ticket inquiries, contact 09392155594 or 09055597648.

     

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    Benilde films lead UFF5 winners

    November 15th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    CAPSTONE projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde recently dominated the fifth Urduja Film Festival open competition at Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

    Film alumnus Michael Joshua Pagaduan’s “Kaming Mga Nakakulong” paved the way for Benilde by bagging Best Film and Best Actor for lead star Matt Daclan. The short film tells the story of a man (Daclan) who struggles to face the reality of the present as he goes on a journey to find peace by reconciling with the horrors of his past. Fellow thespians Lui Manansala and Jill Palencia-Ibuyan provide support to Daclan.

    Mentor and Beyond Deadlines entertainment writer Seymour Sanchez and filmmaker Michael Pagaduan with Kaming Mga Nakakulong trophies for Best Film and Best Actor.jpg

    Kaming Mga Nakakulong” previously got the Best Student Short Film at the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Hiyas ng Sining awards, Best Film and Best Director at the 2017 CineMapúa student film festival, and Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Daclan in the Maningning category of CineSB7: The Main Installment.

    Meanwhile, “Delta” directed by Benilde alumni James Fuentes Garcia and Luigi Macalintal won Best Cinematography for director of photography Geo Cahoy, Best Supporting Actor for Jemuel Satumba and Best Supporting Actress for Chin Jongko.

    In “Delta,” Satumba plays Marco who brings his younger brother, Lucas, to the river for a weekend without their parents to celebrate his birthday. As they bond together, Marco shares with Lucas his plan to explore the end of the river. Out of curiosity, Lucas heads out to the river alone.

    Tim Rone Villanueva’s “Santa Nena!” received another Best Actor trophy for Ross Pesigan and Best Actress for Elora Españo while Kim Timan’s “Caramel Child” nabbed Best Actress for Sue Prado and Best Young Actress for Angelica Ulip.

    Also winning UFF trophies are actors Tracy Quila for “Binihag” by Regina Aceron and CJ Villa; Anna Luna for “Saglit” by Dev Angeo and Tin Medenilla; Dylan Ray Talon for “Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi” (The Lessons of the Night) by Christian Rae Villanueva; Bobby Tamayo for “Benny’s Confession” by Anderson Co; Veronica Reyes for “Tayo” by Ron Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera; and Anton Collantes for “Theo” by Summer Castro.

    Timan, Aceron, Villa, Angeo, Medenilla, Co, Dulatre, Rivera, Castro, and the two Villanuevas are also graduates of the Benilde film program.

     

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    FEU film vies in Gensan

    November 14th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A SHORT film from the Far Eastern University is competing in the 6th Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival Philippine category from November 12 to 16 in General Santos City.

    Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala”(Belief as the Light in Darkness), directed by Francis Guillermo, tells about a town captain (Soliman Cruz) who leads a search for townsfolk who continuously disappear into the woods.

    Determined to find out the reason behind their disappearances and where they are being brought to, he and his son (Dylan Ray Talon) come across a mysterious answer. Stefanoni Nunag and Sheryll Ceasico play supporting roles.

    Guillermo, who also wrote, edited and designed the sound for the film, was elated upon learning about their project’s Salamindanaw selection.

    It’s great to see a film festival sharing different perspectives, different cultures, different perspectives. Having our film participate in this film festival is a great honor,” he said.

    The film earlier won honorable mention in the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video short feature category. It also bagged Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Sound Design in the Indie Un-Film Festival 2018 Pamana category at De La Salle University-Manila and 2nd Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design in the Sinepiyu XI Black Reel category at FEU.

    Guillermo, who previously served as president of the FEU Film Society, was supported by assistant director Ipe Maglalang, production manager Ariana Yanice Napay, line producer Patrizsia Reyes, director of photography Rommel “Rocket” Ruiz, production designer Ron Alos, location manager Bwrentszon James Manalili and co-editor Zaire Andrade. Maglalang, Napay, Reyes and Ruiz are also FEU Filmsoc alumni while Andrade is a current member of the organization.

    The film will compete with “Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi” (The Lessons of the Night) by Christian Rae Villanueva, “Dalit” (Poison) by Belle Kay Loyola, “Nangungupahan” (Who Rents There Now?) by Glenn Barit, “Palabas” (A Country in Moving Pictures) by Arjanmar Rebeta, “Mark & Lenny” by Gio Potes, “Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata” (We Forgot About the Children) by Gilb Baldoza, “Ang Lalaking May Regla sa Gitna ng Dagat” (The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea) by James Fajardo, “Huli” (The Last One) by Coco Oei, “Siyudad sa Bulawan” (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio, “Whereabouts” by Kyle Francisco, “Kwentong Labi” by Joey Singh, “Sa Among Agwat” (In Between Spaces) by Don Senoc, “Old Thoughts in Tattered Paper” by Mina Cruz, “Breakdown” by Neil Gabriel Nanta, “Flower Codec Lotus” by Gio Lingao, “Katong Gabii” (That Night) by Jeremy Luke Bolatag, “Next” by Noah del Rosario, “Pulangui” by Bagane Fiola, “Tembong” (Connections) by Shai Advincula, “Consequences of Man” by Jeffrie Po, “A Monster that Feels Like Love” by Shamy Jailani, “Kadlaw’n” (Dawn) by Marl Joseph Cabanig and Jam Natividad, and “Ang Wa Damhang Importansya sa Teleserye” (The Unexpected Importance of Teleserye) by Rodiell Veloso.

    Salamindanaw aims to raise awareness and promote international cinema with emphasis on strengthening the cultural ties between Mindanao and its Southeast Asian neighbors; 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 the region.

     

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    Benilde films compete at 6th Salamindanaw Asian Film Fest

    November 4th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    TWO award-winning capstone projects from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts will vie in the Philippine shorts competition of the sixth Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival this month in General Santos City, South Cotabato.

    Christian Rae Villanueva’s “Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi” (The Lessons of the Night) and Belle Kay Loyola’s “Dalit” (Poison) will compete from November 12 to 16 with 17 other Filipino films selected from close to 500 entries. Both filmmakers graduated from the Benilde film program last year.

    “Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi” tells the story of a teacher with postpartum depression (Sheenly Vee Gener) who convinces a delinquent student (Dylan Ray Talon) to retrieve her baby. It recently got the Silver Award in the Viddsee Juree Philippines 2018 short film competition and competed at the 8th Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan. It has also been officially selected to the 29th Istanbul International Short Film Festival to be held in Turkey from December 14 to 21.

    In addition, Talon won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film at the fifth Urduja Film Festival and Best Performance at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival, where it also bagged Best Editing. It was part of the official selection of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle and Cinema One Originals 2018.

    On the other hand, “Dalit” is about a man (John Arceo) who has special healing abilities and how this affects his personal life. It brought home Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor from the Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival open category last year. It recently won Best Production Design and Best Cinematography at the sixth Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley.

    The other finalists are “Huli” by Coco Oei, “Whereabouts” by Kyle Francisco, “Kwentong Labi” by Joey Singh, “Sa Among Agwat” (In Between Spaces) by Don Senoc, “Mark & Lenny” by Gio Potes, “Old Thoughts in Tattered Paper” by Mina Cruz, “Nangungupahan” (Who Rents There Now?) by Glenn Barit, “Ang Lalaking May Regla sa Gitna ng Dagat” by James Fajardo, “Breakdown” by Neil Gabriel Nanta, “Flower Codec Lotus” by Gio Lingao, “Katong Gabii” (That Night) by Jeremy Luke Bolatag, “Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata” by Gilb Baldoza, “Next” by Noah del Rosario, “Palabas” (A Country in Moving Pictures) by Arjanmar Rebeta, “Pulangui” by Bagane Fiola, “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” (Belief as the Light in Darkness) by Francis Guillermo and “Tembong” by Shai Advincula.

    Meanwhile, Hiyas Bagabaldo’s “Carving Thy Faith” will compete in the Asian competition of Salamindanaw along with 14 other short film finalists from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

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

     

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    Spanish writer to discuss relations between literature, journalism

    November 3rd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    Alfonso Armada

    SPANISH writer Alfonso Armada on Tuesday will conduct a talk in Manila for the “Encuentros en la literature” (Encounters in Literature) program organized by Instituto Cervantes, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain and the Philippine Chapter of the PEN Club.

    Entitled “The Only Limit Between Journalism and Literature is… Truth” and to be delivered in English, the 6 p.m. event will be held at the Intramuros branch of Instituto Cervantes de Manila located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St.

    Armada believes “it is possible to do great literature by doing excellent journalism.”

    In his talk, the Spanish writer will elaborate on the closed links between journalism and literature, and “the pact that the journalist signs with the readers: you can invent nothing. The search for truth is the goal.”

    Moreover, in times of disinformation and “fake news,” he asserts that “honest journalism is needed more than ever, since it’s the key to understanding reality that is as complex as it is exciting.”

    Encuentros” features a series of interactions and fora between writers of diverse cultures. It seeks to serve the local community’s cultural life through activities that contribute to the dynamic production of literary writing and the vibrant exchange of creative practices between cultures.

    Armada was born in 1958 in Vigo, Spain. He studied journalism and theatre in Madrid. He worked for the Spanish newspapers El País (during which he covered Sarajevo and was a correspondent in Africa for five years) and ABC (for which he was a correspondent in New York). Among his books are Diccionario de Nueva York, Mar Atlántico, Diario de una travesía and Fracaso de Tánger.

    The lecture at Instituto Cervantes is open to the public. Admission is free. For further information, please check out Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila) or call Instituto Cervantes at (632) 5261482.

     

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    UE CFAD docu vies in Romanian film fest

    November 2nd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A DOCUMENTARY which focuses on the daily routine of hypebeasts will compete at the 17th Hyperfest International Student Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania from November 2 to 11.

    How the Beasts Got Hyped, a film by Elvin Jay Macanlalay, Bryan Marticio and Mars Sanchez, is about people who are “beasts” (obsessed) about the “hype” (in fashion), and their mutual interest for street style fashion, which creates a sense of community among its followers.

    Macanlalay, Marticio and Sanchez are recent advertising graduates from the University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design. The documentary is their final project in the video production class of mentor Richard Legaspi.

    The film has been previously selected as part of the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition or Nabifilmex at the Nabunturan Municipal Plaza last September and the 30th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival last August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde or CCP Dream Theater.

    Hyperfest, the official international student film festival of the Hyperion University in Bucharest, is one of the longest running events of its kind in Romania.

    The festival aims to promote student films from all over the world and to facilitate networking among them in support of the new generation of filmmakers. Romanian actor and director Geo Saizescu started Hyperfest in November 2001.

     

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    FEU short films win in Pangasinan

    October 30th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

     

    TWO student projects from Far Eastern University recently brought home Urduja Film Festival trophies during the 5th UFF awards night at Sison Auditorium in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

    Madison, directed by Jesus Singh, won the Best Sound and Musical Score award for Jeff Hernandez while Estrella, helmed by April Jelen Tan, bagged Best Supporting Actress for Bellatrix Tan, who plays the elder sister in the short film. Both competed with 21 other finalists in the UFF short film competition.

    Madison is a musical short film about a transgender student (Christian Viñas) who is fond of making fun of other people. One day, the lead character belittles an old woman (Raven Relavo) who is asking for help. Then, mysterious things start to happen.

    Meanwhile, Estrella tells the story of Angel (Larissa Alivio), an aspiring actress who finds it difficult to penetrate the entertainment industry due to a strange condition. Compounding her problem is that elder sister Jackie usually gets chosen for projects because of her mestiza looks.

    Singh and Tan have since graduated from FEU. Both films were completed as part of their final requirement for the Cinema Production (CNM2) class.

    Singh was assisted by fellow FEU Theater Guild members and alumni led by Viñas, Relavo, assistant director Anne Valencia, directors of photography Richmond Cadsawan and Kenneth Mandrilla, FEU Cheerdancers, and Nota Productions team members Bevelyn Lopez, John Jeff Clores, Franz Dollete, Mhyca Ramos, Nolan Marcojos, Renz Regis, Jason Carpo, Bernice Punay, Kristal Lascano and Ashley Relleve.

    Tan, on the other hand, got the support of fellow Peekaboo Productions team members — assistant director Maria Fatima Francisco, scriptwriter and production designer Sandra Jade Villa, production manager Geneva Paula Mae Espejo, director of photography and colorist Sherwin Frondozo, and production designer, editor and sound designer Natalie Dones.

    ESTRELLA filmmaker April Jelen Tan flanked by FEU Depcomm chair Iris Brillon and mentor/Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez

    UFF is an annual event which aims to promote student and independent films, both short and feature-length projects, that promote and preserve the country’s cultural and heritage values.

    The Pangasinan-based competition is mainly sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and supported by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

     

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    UST holds Sampung Sulyap film workshop

    October 23rd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THE University of Santo Tomas recently conducted a film workshop for the participating production teams of Sampung Sulyap 2019 and other aspiring filmmakers from the Thomasian community at the UST Tan Yan Kee Student Center.

    Becarios de Santo Tomas, an organization of UST scholars, co-organized the workshop with the Thomasian Film Society, the university’s premiere film organization. The scholars’ group also hosts the annual Sampung Sulyap short film festival featuring ten inspiring Thomasian stories.

    Award-winning filmmaker Mikhail Red shared his experiences in directing. He helmed the full-length films Birdshot, Best Film in the Asian Future section in Tokyo and official Philippine entry to the 90th Academy Awards; Rekorder, Best Director winner in Vancouver; and the critically-acclaimed Neomanila for last year’s QCinema International Film Festival, He recently wrapped up production for Eerie and is now working on Block Z, both for Star Cinema.

    Award winning Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez while discussing scriptwriting before Thomasian filmmakers

    Advocacy filmmaker, film educator and Beyond Deadlines entertainment/culture writer Seymour Sanchez discussed scriptwriting and other aspects of pre-production. Sanchez, a product of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop, won the grand prize in the screenplay category of the 59th Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature and second prize for Caretaker in the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Egypt.

    Johmar Damiles, director of photography and co-writer of the award-winning short film Heist School, talked about cinematography. A video producer at Pixelens Creative Solutions, he previously served as videographer of TomasinoWeb and Vice President for Productions of TFS.

    Sampung Sulyap aims to highlight the creativity of Thomasians in filmmaking and production as well as to motivate people from all walks of life with films focused on the theme Sampung Tomasino, Sampung Natatanging Kwento ng Prinsipyo.

    The short films will be produced by local and university-wide student organizations and will be featured in a week-long event at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium next year. An awards night will also be held to recognize the exemplary talents showcased in the films.

     

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    UE CFAD entry bags Best Student Film in La Union

    October 16th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    AN experimental short film, directed by University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design alumna Rodmarie Angeline Tabilog, won Best Short Film in the Student Category of the Pagwanawanan Film Festival in La Union last October 6.

    The nine-minute film “Marangle” (Farm) narrates the life of a farmer who risks everything, including his land, just to have a chance to work abroad and provide a better future for his family.

    Tabilog worked with other UE alumni, writer Gerard Halabaso, director of photography Isabelo Bucao, production designer Chelsea Mae Natividad, assistant director Rhuva Patiag, production manager Aldric Matthew Manapat, costume designer Erica Balaan and production staff Cyrill Mustera, Jayson Torres and Kent Santos, in shooting the film.

    The film was officially selected last year as part of the Cinebalu program of the 17th Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival, Sinepiyu X Film Festival, Cinesilangan and the 28th Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Festival.

    Another UE entry “Maling Akala: Ang Misteryo ng Unamuno,” an animated film by Elvin Jay Macanlalay and Arvileen Yongzon, competed in the same category of the film festival.

    Tabilog is currently on a one-month internship in Taiwan for filmmaker Richard Legaspi’s new documentary project.

    “Marangle” was also shown last October 6 at SEAT – South East Asia x Taiwan film colloquium and last October 13 at Brilliant Time Bookstore, Zhonghe District, New Taipei City.

     

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    ‘Santa Nena!’ film competes in India

    October 3rd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    TIM Rone Villanueva’s “Santa Nena!” will vie with 43 other entries from 17 countries at the Alpavirama Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival in India from October 23 to 27.

    The short film has also been officially selected to compete at the 3rd Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq from October 10 to 16. It is Villanueva’s capstone project at the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts.

    “Santa Nena!” tells the story of a miraculous patron saint (Elora Españo in the titular role) who comes to life at night. One day, while talking to her friend, an angel (Jelson Bay), she received a message from God to look for the boy “with the golden balls” (Ross Pesigan), who will help her bring into the world the new Messiah. Mailes Kanapi, Rolando Inocencio and Martha Comia play the roles of the boy’s mother, father and ex-girlfriend, respectively.

    The Alpavirama film festival involves short fiction and documentary films, between five to 30 minutes and directed by a person under 30 years who is a citizen of and a resident of Asia.

    The competition is further divided between those living in South Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and those living in other Asian countries, such as the Philippines, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Malaysia, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

    Four major awards – cash prizes and trophies for the Golden and Silver Commas for both fiction and documentary films – will be given out at the end of the Asian Competition. Special mention awards may also be given at the sole discretion of the jury.

    The festival is organized by the Film and Video Communication Department of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Alpavirama, which means “comma” in Sanskrit or “a precious pause,” aims to serve as “a brief stretch of time reclaimed for reflection and repose.”

     

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    FEU film ‘Aswang’ gets ticket to Short+Sweet Hollywood

    October 3rd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A SHORT film from the Far Eastern University earned a ticket to Hollywood after winning People’s Choice Award at the Short+Sweet Manila Gala Finals held last September 26 at the Century City Mall Events Center in Makati.

    Hannah Grace Maur‘s Aswang will represent the Philippines in the international competition together with Ar-Jen Manlapig‘s Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan, which bagged Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. The two winners will be showcased along with other selected films at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in Los Angeles, California on October 13.

    Aswang, a final requirement by FEU communication students for their Cinema Production or CNM2 class, tells the story of little Ruben (Alvin Maghanoy) who believes that Lilith (Lyka Dela Cruz), the beautiful lady in their town, is an aswang. His world changes upon knowing about Lilith’s suspicious interest in his family. Rowi Du and Gaye Piccio play Ruben’s parents.

    Written by Marygail Alcantara, Aswang earlier topped the fourth and last heat of Short+Sweet Manila last August. This came after the film won honorable mention at the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video. It also bagged 3rd Best Film and Best Production Design at the Sinepiyu XI Golden Reel category last May.

    Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan, on the other hand, is about a 10-year-old boy from a poor family who goes to school on the first day of classes in what seems to be a very enticing day for him. The five-minute film also won the grand prize at the first Sinekabataan last year.

    Or Kan Tor’s Little Thing won Best Cinematography while the Best Actor and Best Actress trophies went to Zyren Leigh Luansing of Maghihintay, Tonton (Alvin Baloloy) and Angeli Bayani of Baon (Noel Escondo), respectively.

    Another FEU short film, Taya by GCay Reyes, also made it to the finals. Written by Lily Gomes, Taya is about Magda, a Filipina who comes home from Japan. Caught between her past and her present, she struggles to play around with her fate.

    The other finalists are Me Too by Ayeshah Rose, Just Fine by Neil Sebastian, Mr. Whistle by Arjanmar Rebeta, Gawilan by Kelsy Lua, The Return by Luidmilla Komrakova and Pikit by Ivan Cortez.

    Short+Sweet, the biggest 10-minute performing arts festival in the world with events in more than 30 cities across 12 countries, presented the event in partnership with The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute-New York, Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, Casting Network, Pineapple Lab, Asia Pacific Film Institute and Century City Makati.

     

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    Benilde films bag 5 awards in ComVal fest

    September 30th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    BELLE Kay Loyola’s Dalit (Poison) and Leyvie Anne Santos’ In-Tay won a total of five awards at the 6th Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley, Mindanao last September 21.

    Dalit and In-Tay are capstone projects from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. Loyola graduated from the Digital Filmmaking program last year while Santos is set to march at the Benilde commencement exercises on October 6.

    Dalit, which tells the story of a man with special healing abilities who uses his power for his own benefit, got Best Production Design for Noel Amorcillo, Jr. and Best Cinematography for Vic Ryan Julius Ong.

    Meanwhile, In-Tay, which is about a daughter raised by lesbian parents, won Best Actress (Fe Saligumba), Best Song (Korona by Mark Robina Ortiguero) and Best Acting Ensemble (Saligumba and her co-stars, child performer Caith Annika Angkay, Ruth Lopez-Dee, Jessica Marco and Reggie Caranyagan) in a triple tie with Rose by Jessa Valer-Sanchez and Yano at ang Itim na Watawat by Arnie Valdez.

    Both films were also nominated for the Gimadyawan Award for Best Film and Best Director. Dalit also received nominations for Best Sound (Louie Dormido, Dan Alayon and Aica Guevarra) and Best Actor (John Arceo) while In-Tay got another Best Actress nod for Angkay and Best Screenplay nomination for Santos.

    “It’s a great honor to be part of this festival knowing the number of wins and nominations Dalit got. I would like to thank Nabifilmex for recognizing my thesis film,” Loyola shared.

    Santos, on the other hand, dedicated her film’s victory mainly to her parents. “My film In-Tay has always been so close to my heart. However, in the process of turning the screenplay into a film, it became a film that is not just for my parents but for everyone who dreams to have a complete family. It is a film that talks about honesty, family, love and contentment.”

    “Honestly, I came to a point that I doubted the capacity of my own film not realizing that I, together with all the people behind it, poured their hearts to In-Tay ever since I started writing it. I am thankful to Nabifilmex for opening such a great opportunity for filmmakers to explore our capacities and express our hearts,” she added.

    Nabifilmex, recognized as one of the leading regional film festivals, is supported by National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Film Development Council of the Philippines.

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    FEU alumni’s short film wins Audience Choice Award

    September 27th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    ENA Legaspi’s “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” brought home the Sine Kabataan Audience Choice Award during the 2018 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Gabi ng Pasasalamat held last August 19 at Whitespace, Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City.

    The short film, which was screened along with Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Bakwit Boys” during the PPP week-long run from August 15 to 21 in cinemas nationwide, focuses on three children who imagined the nicest toys and tastiest food in their house only to find out that everything is not what they seem to be.

    “The film is a short and honest narrative of how life is never perfect as what our three youth characters would dream of,” said Legaspi, who directed, co-wrote and co-edited the film.

    An alumna of the Far Eastern University Department of Communication and the FEU Film Society, Legaspi got the support of previous members of her Square Up Productions team when she was still in college — director of photography and co-editor Prince Viterbo, production manager, co-writer, and co-production designer Mary Lourdes Membrebe, and assistant director, production designer and graphic designer Peej Tapel.

    “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” was shown again at the Cinematheque Centre Manila last September 19 along with “Anonymous Student Vlog” by fellow FEU Filmsoc alumnus Christian Babista, Best Short Film winner “Bato Bato Pik” by Lorys Plaza and AJ Sanque, Special Jury Prize awardee “Koleksyong Pa­malo” by Len Frago, “Masaya Ako” by Best Director winners Daniel Delgado and Tiara Angelica Nicolas, #GlobeOfGood awardee “Runner” by Levi Jun Miscala, “Bahay-bahayan” by Brian Spencer Reyes, and “Isang Tula Para Sa Nawawala” by Rod Singh.

    Sine Kabataan, one of the pet programs of then National Youth Commission Chair Ice Seguerra with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, was launched last year in order to give a platform to all aspiring young filmmakers and to provide an opportunity to showcase their talents.

     

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    All set for “Ginugunita Kita” at FEU Auditorium today

    September 26th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    IT IS all systems go for Ginugunita Kita, a performance art featuring Maningning Miclat’s poems and award-winning composer Jesse Lucas’ all-original music.

    Ginugunita Kita will be presented by the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc., in cooperation with District Gallery-Artist Playground and the Far Eastern University President’s Committee on Culture, on September 26, Wednesday, 6 p.m. at the historic, newly-opened FEU Auditorium along Nicanor Reyes St. (formerly Morayta) in Sampaloc, Manila. This will be held in line with the foundation’s 18th anniversary celebration.

    Maningning Miclat. Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

    Maningning Miclat was a poet, fictionist and essayist in English, Filipino and Chinese as well as a painter in the Western and Chinese genre. She was a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and a fellow of the UP National Writer’s Workshop, Silliman Writer’s Workshop and Rio Alma Poetry Clinic. Her Chinese poems made her one of the top-rated women poets in Chinese in the world.

    Miclat’s eleven poems, Ginugunita Kita, Tawag, Anino, Panibugho, Duet (nina Rizal at Bracken), Kulay sa Bagyo, Ang Naliligaw, Shi Bu Shi, A Stare, Verse #2 and To Catch a Second and Turn it to Forever, are published in her trilingual book of poetry Voice from the Underworld (Anvil Publishing, 2000).

    Jesse Lucas said the inspiration came easily to him after reading the book, which was a National Book Award finalist for poetry in 2001.

    “The poems of Maningning Miclat are almost melodious that I can hear the music through the poetic images. It spoke and at the same time sang to me poignant thoughts about life, pain and love…. the experience in writing the music was really meditative and cathartic at the same time. It feels like I have discovered a new language, a language that speaks directly to the soul. These are the foundation of Ginugunita Kita’s music.”

    The composer, who considers Ryan Cayabyab and Chino Toledo as his mentors, won awards from FAMAS, which catapulted him to the Hall of Fame, and from Gawad Urian, Young Critics Circle, Gawad Tanglaw and Aliw Awards. In 2005, he won Best Music at the Screamfest International Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA for the film Sigaw.

    The performance art, directed by film and theater actor Roeder Camañag, will feature soloist Banaue Miclat-Janssen and master cellist Renato Lucas, together with singer Al Gatmaitan and Angela Castro of the FEU Dance Company, with live interactive visual art of Nasser Lubay.

    Roeder Camañag describes the show as “all about poetry and the creation of emotive response. From the poetry of the life of a poet to the poetry of interpreting the poems of someone you love and the poetry of putting the right music to amplify the auditory experience of powerful images embedded in a poem.”

    Banaue Miclat-Janssen is currently the Artistic Director of Dulaang UP and the Executive Director of the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation. She sings the opera, acts and dances on stage and hones young artists as professor of theatre arts at UP Diliman’s Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts.

    One of the finest cellists in the country, Renato Lucas has been the principal soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra for three decades. He has performed as soloist with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Manila Chamber Orchestra and UST Symphony Orchestra, as well as the CCP’s Filipino Artist Series, Pundaquit Arts Festival, Las Piňas Bamboo Organ Festival, and Maningning Poetry Awards.

    Al Gatmaitan is an opera singer, theater actor, and three-time Aliw Awardee for Best Performer of the Year. He can also be seen on film, television, and online advertisements.

    Angela Castro is one of the principal dancers of the FEU Dance Company headed by Edward Malagkit. Her performance has brought her to various competitions that FEU has joined in and outside the country.

    Ginugunita Kita had its gala world premiere at the UP Aldaba Hall in May 2015. It was also performed at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino in September 2015 to coincide with the 7th Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards.

    The show garnered the 2015 Aliw Awards for Best Performance in a New Concept Production for Miclat-Janssen and was nominated Best Director in the same category for Camañag.

    Ginugunita Kita is presented in cooperation with Frontrow Entertainment and Ruben & Elizabeth Vedar. For ticket inquiries, please contact the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation c/o Carmela at 0999-8050681 or call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

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    4 FEU films to compete at first ORMIN IFF

    September 24th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    FOUR short films from the Far Eastern University Department of Communication will vie in the student division of the inaugural Oriental Mindoro International Film Festival from November 15 to 17.

    Trisha Marie Antonio’s “Dama” (Checkers), Angela Aguila’s and One Carlo Diaz’s “Kumari,” Juan Pablo Pineda III’s “Pua Iyam” (Coming Out) and Daryll Jameson Apaga’s “Retrospektib” (Retrospective) will contend against seven other short films from the Philippines and other countries.

    “How to Get to the Cinema” by Alexey Protsenko (Russia), “Roc’h” by Guillaume Crampette and Julie Rembauville (France), “Newton’s Fourth Law” by Mehrshad Kheradmandi (Iran), “Laura” by Guilherme Franco Pinto (Brazil) and Filipino entries “Ang High School at Si Olive” by Keana Transporte from the University of the Philippines Film Institute, and “Santa Nena!” by Tim Rone Villanueva and “Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi” (The Lessons of the Night) by Christian Rae Villanueva, both from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, complete the list of short film finalists.

    “Joining this contest means a lot to me since Oriental Mindoro is my Mom’s birthplace so the possibility of being given the privilege to visit the place after a decade away from it thrills me. Of course, the fact that our film has been shortlisted is another thing, more like an honor to my whole group and to the people behind it,” Antonio shared.

    “Dama,” which tells the story of a father (Rolando Inocencio) who adopts a stray child (Kyle Kaizer Almenanza) to cope with his son’s death in a crisis-ridden world, earlier bagged Best Production Design and Best Actor for Inocencio at the 15th annual DLSU Indie Un-Film Festival. It also competed at the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video.

    Meanwhile, Diaz, who also co-wrote “Kumari” with Aguila, said that it’s a huge honor to have it shown on a bigger platform. “It’s done with so much passion and hard work, so for every opportunity it gets outside university, I’d always feel very fulfilled and proud.”

    In “Kumari,” Anna (Arjelyn Apolonio) comes from a family of ballet dancers and her mother (Fe Saligumba) is her avid supporter. Caught in the middle of tradition, fear, and love, she makes the biggest choice that she will ever make in her life. The film previously competed at the 29th Gawad Alternatibo and 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban, Leyte.

    “Proud kami ng aking team na mapasama ang Retrospektib sa inaugural ORMIN IFF. Masaya kami sa opportunity na ito na maihayag ang aming kwento,” Apaga said. His film “Retrospektib” won at the Active Vista Short Film Competition and vied at the 29th Gawad Alternatibo and first ASEANnale Film and Multimedia Competition and Exhibition.

    In the satirical film, three activists try to escape the atrocities of the military regime at the height of Martial Law. Jay (Julio Garcia) persuades Boyong (David Paul Farma) and Ramon (Renz Silverio) to travel in time with the help of a faith healer, Mang Jun (Kuya Bata). Little do they know that they are in for a big surprise when they reach the present.

    Finally, in “Pua Iyam” (Coming Out), a Filipino-Chinese student (Rowi Du) discovers his true identity and feelings for his childhood friend (Raphael Cruz). It won at FEU’s Sinepiyu 2017, CineSB 7: The Main Installment, UP Piling Obrang Vidyo XIV, CineMapúa 2018 and 9th Largabista, and was cited at the first Palawan International Film Festival.

    The film was also shown as part of the first CineMakulay Film Festival and the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle, and competed at the sixth Nabunturan Indie Film Exhibition (Nabifilmex), 29th Gawad Alternatibo, 14th DLSU IUF and ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival in China.

    The first ORMIN IFF, which will feature ecological, sociological, and anthropological films that are mainly focused on indigenous people and cultures, gender equality, and issues on environmental awareness, is being organized by Dr. Carl Balita Productions and the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education.

     

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    PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival unreels from October 4 to 20

    September 22nd, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THE 17th PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival will bring the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema at Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros from October 4 to 20.

    PELÍCULA has been an annual attraction at Greenbelt since it was first held by Instituto Cervantes in 2002. Following that tradition, the first leg of the festival will be held at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas from October 4 to 14, showing the best of contemporary Spanish cinema to the local audiences of Makati and the rest of Metro Manila.

    The event, presented by Instituto Cervantes, the embassy of Spain-AECID, TurEspaña, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, will screen more than 20 films.

    The selected films range from romance (“Los Amores Cobardes”) and comedy (“Campeones,” “La Llamada,” “Mi Querida Cofradía”) to documentary (“Dancing Beethoven”), adventure (“Oro”), children animation (“Atrapa la Bandera”), adult animation (“Memorias de un Hombre en Pijama”) and drama (“La Novia”).

    Aside from these Spanish films of different genres, PELÍCULA 2018 will also highlight Latin American cinema with films from Argentina (“The Summit”) and Cuba (“Últimos Días en La Habana”).

    PELÍCULA, in collaboration with Cut Print Productions, will also feature “Encuentros en el Cine: Shorts from the Philippines and Spain” on October 12. The program will screen ten recent Spanish short films and will also premiere two Filipino shorts — “The Gathering” by Arvin “Kadiboy” Belarmino and “Our Love Story” by actor and first-time director Xian Lim.

    In addition, the film festival will also pay tribute to the Swedish master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) in the year of his birth centennial. In collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden and the UP Film Center, PELíCULA will present the special section “Bergman in Spain,” showing two of Bergman’s films (“Wild Strawberries” and “Persona”), plus two Spanish films influenced by the Swedish maestro’s notion of cinema – Carlos Saura’s “Cría Cuervos” and Pedro Almodóvar’s “Tacones Lejanos” (High Heels).

    Last but not the least, film buffs should not miss the Audience Choice Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the festival, viewers will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen.

    For every five movies, members of the audience will qualify to join the raffle where they will get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain. The winning entry will again be screened on October 14, 7 p.m., at Greenbelt 3 and at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros on October 20.

    PELÍCULA is also made possible by Ayala Cinemas, Fundador, Turkish Airlines, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, Ayala Museum, UP Film Institute Picasso Hotel, Intramuros Administration, ICAA, and Cut It Productions.

    For the schedule and more information on the festival, visit the Instituto Cervantes Facebook page or check out its website.

     

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    Benilde docu vies for La Union filmfest prize in October

    September 20th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    A DOCUMENTARY from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will compete in the open category of the Pagwanawanan Festival short film competition next month at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando City, La Union.

    “Househusband,” directed by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal, which will be shown on October 5 and 7, follows the life of Oliver Siao, a 49-year-old father who breaks the norms and gender stereotypes by choosing not to become the breadwinner in his family and letting his wife work abroad. Their film won the Best Documentary at Sinepiyu XI, an annual intercollegiate film competition organized by the Far Eastern University Film Society and the FEU President’s Committee on Culture.

    “I wasn’t expecting that it would be accepted in film festivals. First was in SinePiyu XI, and now in Pagwanawanan,” Garcia shared. He and Macalintal are set to graduate from the Digital Filmmaking Program of the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts on October 6.

    “Househusband” will contend against John Joseph Buenaventura’s “Alt,” Kyle Jumayne Francisco’s “Whereabouts,” Maria Isabel Jose’s “Pantun,” Khurshid Kalabud, Jr.’s “Mountain to Cry For,” John Marco Pitlo’s “Sad Boys Club” and Arjanmar Rebeta’s “Manoy Taghoy.”

    Meanwhile, “due to the many good film submissions that the festival received this year,” the organizers have decided to add a student category. The selected films are “Halal” (Cebu)by Dahren Tagtag, “Layag” (Pangasinan) by Romsky Chelle Dela Cruz, “Maling Akala” by Elvin Jay Macanlalay and Arvileen Yongzon, “Marangle” (Pampanga) by Angeline Tabilog and “Si Kokak at Ako” (La Union) by Winstone Arradaza, Vince Basa and Ralph Santos.

    Pagwanawanan is organized by the La Union Conventions and Visitors Bureau and United Artists of La Union, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, La Union Soul, Local Government of San Juan, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Provincial Government of La Union and San Juan Film Camp.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/09/14/ue-cfad-films-make-it-to-pagwanawanan-nabifilmex-festivals/)

     

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    16 school teams train, pitch S&T projects for innovation contest

    September 18th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

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    SIXTEEN senior high school groups made it to the next round of the 2nd imake.wemake: create. innovate. collaborate project, which is being organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute in partnership with Acer Philippines.

    The competing teams are Centro Escolar University-Manila, College of St. John-Roxas, De La Salle University Integrated School-Laguna, Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Grace Christian College, Masbate National Comprehensive High School, New Era University, Philippine Science High School-Cagayan Valley, PSHS-CAR, PSHS-Central Luzon, PSHS-Central Visayas, PSHS-Eastern Visayas, Rizal National Science High School, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Taguig Science High School, and Technological Institute of the Philippines-Cubao.

    Forty-eight students and 16 teachers from the said schools attended a free training and project pitching activity from September 3 to 7 at the Microtel UP Technohub in Quezon City. They were given hands-on training on Arduino digital and analog system and Acer Cloudprofessor, the platform that will power all imake.wemake projects. Each team also received free Acer Cloudprofessor kit, sensor expansion pack, and toolbox.

    The five-day event, which was organized by DOST-SEI and facilitated by experts from ThinkLab Philippines and Acer Taiwan’s Kevin Chuang, featured promising student inventions like anti-overloading device, low-cost GPS tracking for wildlife conservation, online waste management integration, among others.

    DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo, who graced the event with Acer PH General Manager Manuel Wong, said that “the real winners here are Filipinos who will benefit from their inventions” as the competition may soon produce answers to some of the country’s pressing issues.

    “Our young inventors proved that they understand the needs of the people and know how they can address such. We’re more than happy to provide them a venue for their technical skills and creativity in imake.wemake,” Biyo added.

    The panel of judges is composed of Dr. Nestor Tiglao and Engr. Percival Magpantay from the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus from the Ateneo de Manila University, and Acer PH Business Development Manager Alexis de Guzman. They selected the finalists from 65 submitted proposals based on project viability and potential to address important societal and community issues.

    The participants are given three months to build and test their projects. They will convene again in December for the final presentation and awarding ceremony where the top three teams will win a cash prize of PhP50,000 and a Youth Innovation Prize each.

     

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    3 Benilde films vie for Viddsee Juree PH awards

    September 17th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THREE thesis film projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts have been officially selected as finalists to the second Viddsee Juree Philippines, which is part of the online video platform’s initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.

    The Lessons of the Night (“Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi”) by Christian Rae Villanueva, As Time Flows By (“Sa Pag-agos ng Panahon”) by Annika Yañez, and Stand Up (“Tayo”) by Ron Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera, were chosen from more than a hundred short fiction, documentary and animated films submitted to the competition.

    The Lessons of the Night focuses on Juanita (Sheenly Vee Gener), a teacher battling depression, who teams up with her delinquent student (Dylan Ray Talon) to retrieve her baby. The film earlier bagged Best Editing and Best Performance at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival and was officially selected to the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle, the inaugural Oriental Mindoro International Film Festival and Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan this year.

    Meanwhile, As Time Flows By tells the story of Trish (Chase Salazar), a lesbian who is having a hard time coming to terms with her traditional Filipino father (Francis Mata). It previously won Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor and Best Soundtrack at the 15th De La Salle University Indie Un-Film Festival annual intercollegiate digital film competition.

    In Stand Up, Reg (Karl Medina), a socially awkward comedian gets help from Alyssa (Veronica Reyes), his “special friend.” However, when he is supposed to give the performance of his life, Alyssa suddenly vanishes.

    “We’re glad and overwhelmed that our film was selected to compete here,” Rivera, who was part of group behind the 2016 Sinenanay Film Festival award-winning film “Uyayi,” said. She and Dulatre teamed up with her “Uyayi” groupmate Joice Bay to work on their thesis.

    “We’re happy that we can show our film to the world and we wanted it to compete immediately to see what our film could do outside of Benilde,” Dulatre shared. His other comedy short film Family Drama (“Pamilyang Drama”) recently competed at Sinepiyu.

    “It’s my first time to know about this online video platform that caters to a larger audience. I’m happy Viddsee exists,” said director/writer Yañez, who partnered with cinematographer/editor Janna Lejano for her “very personal” capstone project.

    “The ultimate reason why we submitted to Viddsee is because of the sweet production grant,” Yañez revealed. “Right now, it’s our only chance to bring to life another short film. It would be a dream to create and share another short story,” she added.

    The Gold and Silver winners will get film production grants worth PHP160,000 and PhP80,000, respectively, plus audio equipment provided by RØDE Microphones. The Gold winner will also be offered a five-day Global Film & TV Program course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association.

    Similarly, Villanueva was also motivated to join because of the prizes.

    “They will give a production grant for the winners, and as a young filmmaker, it’s everything for us because it’s hard to find funding for a short film,” he added.

    Villanueva also wanted to share his film to a wider audience “because all films are meant to be seen. It has been a year since our pre-production stage. So, I want to give it to the world now.”

    The other finalists are Ah by AJ Virtuz, Divine XY by Ruel Lozendo, Ginhawa by Christian Lat, Igme and Gani by Ma. Jhayle Ann Marie Meer, In the Name of the Father by Patrick Rodil, Susing by Bea Felix and You are the Star to My Night by Brian Spencer Reyes.

    All ten finalists, which generally deal with love, relationships, morality and sexuality, will receive a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each.

    The top two entries will be decided by a panel of judges made up of award-winning Filipino actress Cherie Gil, acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker and writer Amir Muhammad and Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer Ben Thompson.

    Finalists and out-of-competition films can also vie for the Audience Choice Award, which will be based on the most number of ‘likes’ it receives on Viddsee.com. The winning director for this award will take home an Apple TV.

    Viddsee will hold a three-day program, featuring talks and public screenings, at the DLS-CSB SDA Cinema from September 27 to 29. Winners will be announced during the awarding ceremony scheduled on September 29 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.

     

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    UE CFAD films make it to Pagwanawanan, Nabifilmex festivals

    September 14th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    AN experimental video and an animated film from the University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design will compete under the student category of the Pagwanawanan Film Festival on September 21 at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando, La Union.

    Marangle by Angeline Tabilog and Maling Akala: Ang Misteryo ng Unamuno by Elvin Jay Macanlalay and Arvileen Yongzon will vie for the top prize along with three other student films, Halal by Dahren Tagtag (Cebu), Layag by Romsky Chelle Dela Cruz (Pangasinan) and Si Kokak at Ako by Ralph Santos, Vince Basa and Winstone Arradaza (La Union).

    The nine-minute film Marangle, which was entirely shot in San Simon, Pampanga, tackles the life of a farmer who risks everything, including his land, just to have an opportunity to work abroad and provide a better future for his family.

    A final project for the video production subject under Prof. Richard Legaspi, it competed with other experimental films at Sinepiyu 2017 and was exhibited as part of the Cinebalu program of the 17th Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival in Borneo. It also competed at the 28th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video or Gawad Alternatibo independent film and video festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

    Tabilog got the support of director of photography Isabelo Bucao, assistant director Rhuva Patiag, writer Gerard Halabaso, production manager Aldric Matthew Manapat, production designer Chelsea Mae Natividad, costume designer Erica Balaan and production staff Cyrill Mustera, Jayson Torres and Kent Santos.

    Maling Akala, on the other hand, takes on a legendary Philippine mythical creature and a mischievous child as they journey through the woods after a calamity hit their village, Unamuno. Their paths cross and they go on an adventure together. Produced by Piko Productions as a requirement for Prof. Ronwell Bacani’s class, the five-minute animated film was selected as one of the finalists at the Animahenasyon: 11th Philippine Animation Festival, Gawad Alternatibo in 2017 and Recoletos Film Festival last February.

    Meanwhile, Maling Akala will also be exhibited as part of the open-air film screenings at Nabifilmex 6 in Compostela Valley along with two UE CFAD documentaries, How the Beasts Got Hyped by Macanlalay, Bryan Marticio and Mars Sanchez and Yero (Corrugated Galvanized Iron) by John Lanbert Rafols, John Nico Nunag and Jay Condeno. They will be shown along with other selected entries at the Nabunturan Municipal Plaza from September 19 to 21.

    How the Beasts Got Hyped focuses on the daily routine of hypebeasts, which share a mutual interest for street-style fashion, providing a sense of community for its followers, while Yero shows the life and daily struggles of two factory workers, Armando Bucog and Rowil Galicia, inside a corrugated iron factory. Both documentaries, which were also produced under Legaspi’s video production class like Marangle, previously competed this year at the 30th Gawad Alternatibo.

     

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    FEU Theater Guild restages “Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig”

    September 12th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    THIS October, the Far Eastern University Theater Guild, in partnership with the FEU President’s Committee on Culture, will once again bring to life Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, one of the organization’s most successful plays, at the PCC Center Studio.

    The musical production, which will close the theater company’s 84th season, is based on Teresa Lorena Jopson’s adaptation of the short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez.

    It will be helmed by FTG Artistic Director Dudz Teraña.

    This is the second time for Teraña, who is also a senior member, director and actor of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, to direct the musical and the third time for him and FTG to collaborate with Jopson on her adaptation of a García Márquez’s work.

    In 2014, the group staged Makikitawag Lang Ako, Jopson’s take on the chapter I Only Came to Use the Phone from the book Strange Pilgrims by the great Colombian writer.

    Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, which FTG first staged last year, will have the production’s original cast teaming up with the organization’s new members to take the audience once again to a musical journey to a small, remote town by the ocean.

    In an island where life is stagnant and stale, the body of a drowned man washes ashore. As the people of the town try to discover his identity, the barren island will soon change. How would they react when they find out that he is taller, stronger and more handsome than any man they have ever seen? How would this creature change their lives forever?

    The musical production will run from October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27, 6:30 p.m., at the PCC Center Studio on the ground floor of FEU-Manila Technology Building. Tickets are at PhP100 for members of the FEU community (with valid ID) and PhP200 pesos for regular viewers.

    The FEU Theater Guild is a non-profit university-based organization that has built a reputation on contemporary plays, quality productions and adventurous live theater.

    For inquiries, contact FTG at 09970765168 or at 736-4897 c/o PCC, or visit its social media accounts, Facebook.com/FarEasternUniversityTheaterGuild and Twitter @feutheaterguild.

     

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    Mexican films based on classic literature at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros

    September 4th, 2018

    By Seymour Barros Sanchez

    INSTITUTO Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico invite the public to enjoy the richness and variety of Mexican cinema through La Literatura en el Cine Mexicano, Mexican films based on classic literary works, every Saturday this September, 6 p.m., at the new Intramuros branch of the Spanish cultural center, located at Casa Azul, Plaza San Luis Complex.

    The film series features classics from the Golden Period of Mexican Cinema, such as La Rosa Blanca (1961), Los Albañiles (1976), Doña Bárbara (1943), Santa (1931) and Pedro Páramo (1967).

    The cycle kicked off last September 1 with the screening of La Rosa Blanca, which tells the story of a peasant called Jacinto Yañez, who owns a ranch in the middle of the land that foreign oil companies have acquired for their exploitation. An oil company representative offers Jacinto a huge amount of money for his land but he declines, triggering a series of problems for his family.

    Directed by Roberto Gavaldón and based on B. Traven‘s novel, the film dramatizes the struggle for control over Mexico’s oil resources in the 1920s.

    On September 8, the program continues with Los Albañiles, which was helmed by Jorge Fons from the novel by Vicente Leñero. The film explores several cases of widespread corruption and neglect linked to some unsolved crimes. When a watchman is found murdered on a construction side, the investigation swiftly turns from the criminal to the political aspects surrounding the building which might have brought the situation about.

    The Mexican romantic drama Doña Bárbara will be shown on September 15. Directed by Fernando de Fuentes and based on screenwriter and Venezuelan author Rómulo Gallegos‘ classic novel, the film zeroes in on the encounter between the titular character and a young lawyer. Doña Bárbara is a woman who, after a dark past, becomes a powerful and wealthy landowner. She takes out her hostilities on the weaker male sex in her country.

    Meanwhile, a young man returns after studying law in Caracas to recover and take charge of his property in the Venezuelan plain controlled by his ruthless, seductive and mysterious neighbor Doña Bárbara. She falls in love with him and tries to make him hers at any cost.

    On September 22, the film cycle will screen Santa directed by Antonio Moreno from the novel by Federico Gamboa. The melodrama, considered to be Mexico’s first talking picture, tells the story of a beautiful, innocent Mexican girl who lives happily with her family until a soldier, Marcelino, arrives in her hometown, seduces and abandons her. The young woman, who got married to the soldier against her family’s wishes, suffers from the shame of her wrong decisions and turns to a life of prostitution, becoming the most popular working girl.

    The program concludes on September 29 with the drama Pedro Páramo. Directed by Carlos Velo and based on Juan Rulfo‘s famous novel, it chronicles the journey of a young man named Juan Preciado in search of his father, Pedro Páramo. Juan arrives at Comala to demand what is rightfully his, due to a promise given to his mother on her death bed.

    The film series is presented by the Embassy of Mexico and Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Intramuros Administration, and with the support of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Casa Noble International and Manila Bambi Co. The embassy and its partners hope the audience will discover and understand the vast complexity of Mexican culture, looking through the window of these films to see what Mexico is and where it comes from.

    All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Instituto Cervantes’ website (http://manila.cervantes.es) or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila).

     

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