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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 ginny.mata@gmail.com. Check out the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TinginASEANFilmFest) 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 (www.manila.cervantes.es)or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ InstitutoCervantesManila).

     

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    Pipo short film wins viewer’s choice award in Jamaica

    July 2nd, 2017

    A SHORT film about a boy who wants to have his family picture taken by an old and grumpy photographer for his school assignment won the viewer’s choice award during the Asian and Middle Eastern Film Night of the fifth Gatffest Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica last June 24.

    “Pipo,” which stars Maliksi Morales in the title role, bested films from Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, in the said category of the festival. Chanel Latorre, Ramon Palencia, and Katherine Carel provide support as members of Pipo’s family while award-winning actor Lou Veloso plays the role of the photographer.

    Director Richard Legaspi was among the filmmakers from 28 countries who showcased their works during the festival and also vied for awards in 14 other categories including best directing, most original screenplay and best international film. Other films which competed in the 10-day event came from Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Tanzania, United States and United Kingdom, among others.

    Gatffest, initially introduced in 2013 as the Greater August Town Film Festival and hailed as “the Carribean’s premier film festival,” was organized by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Tourism and Policy Research.
    UWI CTPR Director and Prof. Ian Boxill pointed out that although there has been an increase in the number of Jamaican-produced films, several filmmakers still find it difficult to show their films in movie theaters and traditional media. Thus, he stressed that Gatffest remains relevant not only to local filmmakers but also to those from other countries who similarly want an outlet for securing an audience and screening their works.

    With the theme “From the Streets to the Screen,” the film festival featured panel discussions, trainings and workshops in film and video production, and provided a venue for filmmakers to express themselves and to deal with issues in their respective communities.

    Through the film, Legaspi raises concerns brought about by poverty and environment-related issues and also pays tribute to manual film cameras as well as all the photographers who people often fail to acknowledge for documenting precious moments in their lives.

    “Pipo” 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 was produced by Red Room Media Productions through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ILLY, Università delle Idee and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

    Legaspi is a Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines 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 a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, a directing fellow at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and a UNESCO Laureate and resident artist of UNIDEE.

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    Instituto Cervantes commemorates 80th year of Picasso’s Guernica

    July 1st, 2017

    Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” Image © becuo.com

    INSTITUTO Cervantes, the cultural center of the Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Ayala Museum, has programmed a film series and an art lecture associated with Picasso‘s famous painting Guernica and the historical period when it was created.

    This is to celebrate the 80th year the masterpiece was first unveiled to the public – July 12, 1937 to be exact.

    On April 26, 1937, the German aviation bombarded the Basque town of Guernica. Moved by the tragic event that caused many civilian casualties, Picasso, who had been commissioned by the government of the Republic to produce a painting for the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris International Exposition, decided to name his work after the Basque town.

    The film series Spain in the times of Picasso’s Guernica aims to offer a cinematic vision of the turbulent history of that decade. The cycle will be held every Saturday of July at 6 p.m. at FDCP’s Cinematheque Centre Manila. The cycle will kick off on July 1 with the feature film El viaje de Carol (Carol’s Journey).

    Carol is a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York who travels to Spain with her mother in the spring of 1938. Carol arrives in her mother’s home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature make her reject a war-stricken world that is new to her.

    The film series will continue on July 8, 6 p.m., with the screening of La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly’s Tongue), directed by José Luis Cuerda in 1999. The film, based on several short stories written by the Galician author Manuel Rivas, is set in Spain in 1936. It explores the relationship between a young boy and his incredibly compassionate teacher, who teaches the kid to find his way in a world that is increasingly frightening.

    La lengua de las mariposas bagged more than 20 international awards and nominations – among them, the Goya Award to the Best Screenplay.

    The following Saturday, July 15, 6 p.m., the documentary Raza, el espíritu de Franco (Race, the Spirit of Franco) will be featured. Directed by Gonzalo Herralde in 1977, this documentary produced after the dictator Francisco Franco‘s death, includes interviews with the dictator’s sister and the actor who played the leading role in the Franco-inspired film Raza.

    On July 22, 6 p.m., the audience will have the opportunity to see a short documentary that has become a classic – Luis Buñuel’s Tierra sin pan (Land Without Bread).

    Pablo Picasso circa 1908 Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

    Produced in 1933, the film recounts Buñuel’s journey to Las Hurdes, a remote region in Extremadura, which was connected to the outside world only in 1922 with the completion of a road. The residents of the area – spread across several villages – had to endure miserable lives in poverty and isolation from the outside world.

    The program for the day will be completed by the feature film Alsasua 1936, directed by Helena Taberna in 1994.

    Directed by Pilar Pérez in 2013, the documentary Las maestras de la República will conclude the movie series on July 29 at 6 p.m. This film, awarded with the Goya for Best Documentary in 2014, reflects the role of several female teachers, their effort to establish democracy in the country, and how they were key in the years between 1931 and 1936.

    All films will be shown in their original versions in Spanish with subtitles in English. The screenings will take place at the FDCP’s Cinematheque Centre Manila, 855 T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila. Entrance is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Meanwhile, on July 8, 3 p.m., Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Ayala Museum, will be presenting an Art Appreciation lecture on Pablo Ruiz Picasso entitled Cubism and the Long Path to Picasso’s Guernica.

    In this lecture, art-historian Juan Ignacio Pita will discuss some details of the historical and artistic journey that led to one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.

    For reservations or further inquiries about this lecture, please call Ayala Museum at 759-8288, local 8272 / 8267, or email education@ayalamuseum.org. For further information on the film series and the lecture please log on to: Instituto Cervantes’ website http://www.manila.cervantes.es or http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila, or call 526-1482.

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    Pinoy actors win in New York

    May 10th, 2017

    PAMILYA Ordinaryo (Ordinary Family) stars Hasmine Killip and Ronwaldo Martin bagged the Best Actress and Best Actor awards, respectively, for their roles as a teenage couple at the 2017 Harlem International Film Festival in New York.

    In the film, Killip plays the 16-year old mother Jane while Martin portrays her equally young partner Aries. Jane and Aries barely make a living in the streets to raise their newborn baby so they steal to survive. The young couple’s problems worsen when their infant was stolen.

    The award is Killip’s sixth acting recognition from Eduardo Roy Jr.‘s film after winning Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Hanoi International Film Festival, Fantasporto Oporto International Film Festival and 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival, and a Special Jury for Performance citation at the London East Asia Film Festival. Meanwhile, this is the first acting award for Martin, younger brother of Ang Probinsyano star Coco Martin.

    The Harlem International Film Festival, which ran from May 4 to 7, showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, youth projects, episodic works and cutting edge music videos. Conceived from the belief that people have unique experiences and perspectives to share, the film festival celebrates the art of cinema by constantly seeking and screening fresh works.

    PAMILYA ORDINARYO (2016) teaser:

    https://youtu.be/y88jW0asUtU

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    Oil spill films return to Guimaras at CineMangga

    May 9th, 2017

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    Pinoy films haul six awards in Malaysia

    May 7th, 2017

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    Books, roses abound at Día del Libro

    April 16th, 2017

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    UP Gawad Plaridel 2017 issues last call for nominations

    March 10th, 2017

     

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    FEU DepComm team tops PMC online video tilt

    March 9th, 2017

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    Letran, Ad Foundation hold AdSpeak ’17

    March 8th, 2017

    COLEGIO de San Juan de Letran, in partnership with the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, will hold AdSpeak ‘17, a convention of students from different schools on values advertising.

    The event,will be held on March 10 at the Student Center Auditorium of Letran in Intramuros, Manila. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

    AdSpeak ’17 aims to impress on future communicators the importance of advertising with positive values.

    Advertising experts will share their insights during the whole-day affair. Among them are Jethro Adriano, Chief Creative Officer, Project Junkie; Paolo Agulto, Creative Group Head, DDB Singapore; Titus Arce, Managing Director, Dentsu Jayme Syfu; Maya Estrada, Operations Manager, Ad Standards Council; Alan Fontanilla, Managing Director, MullenLowe Open Phils.; Paolo de Leon, Creative Director, Aspac/Dentsu Aegis Network; Maya Ambalada-Roldan, Business Unit Director, Y&R Phils.; and Melvin Mangada, Partner & Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno.

    Aside from talks from resource speakers, AdSpeak ’17 will present its Values Advertising Awards, Students’ Choice Awards and Online Choice Awards. Commercials that uphold values have been created and entered by student delegates in six categories: Print, Radio, TV, Campaign, Digital and Brand Communications.

    AdSpeak began in 2001 as an annual seminar for Communication Arts students of Letran. In 2003, it was opened to various colleges and universities in Metro Manila. In 2007, the Advertising Board of the Philippines (Adboard) became Letran’s partner in mounting Adspeak. The joint effort resulted to the values advertising competition among students and the screening of the Araw Values Awards.

    Since 2008, Adspeak has been co-presented by Letran with the Ad Foundation, since both entities share the same goal of promoting values and worthwhile advocacies in advertisements.

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    Instituto Cervantes, FDCP present Espacio Femenino film series

    March 7th, 2017

    IN CELEBRATION of the International Women’s Month, Instituto Cervantes and the Film Development Council of the Philippines present Espacio Femenino, a series of women-themed Spanish films at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila, Ermita, Manila.

    The film series features four documentaries directed by female Spanish directors which highlight the role of women as drivers of political and social change.

    “We are in full support of Instituto Cervantes for this continuing film series made by women and for women. We hope that through this, our own Filipino women audience here will be inspired and encouraged to not just celebrate their femininity but also use it to affect positive change in our society,” said FDCP Chair Liza Diño regarding the program.

    Espacio Femenino films will be screened at the FDCP Cinematheque every Saturday from March 4 to 25, 6 p.m.:

    March 4 – Las Constituyentes by Oliva Acosta
    The documentary is about 27 women, members of parliament and senators, who were protagonists of political change during Spain’s transition towards democracy, because of the parliamentary role which they played during the first constituent term in office in 1977 after the transition to democracy. Through the personal experiences of these pioneering women, the documentary reveals a fascinating side to the history of women’s political involvement in Spain and it analyses its current state. The documentary also captures a meeting between present female members of parliament and politicians and the mothers of the constitution, which culminates in an intense debate. A cutting edge audio-visual work that until now is unprecedented in the history of Spain.

    March 11 – Excluidas del Paraíso (Excluded from Paradise) by Esther Perez de Eulate
    This film is a documentary that attempts to find an answer to the question of what mechanisms reproduce and perpetuate patriarchy in the 21st century through the voices of relevant feminist thinkers.

    March 18 – La Fiesta de Otros by Ana Serret Ituarte
    Verbenas, summer festivals on town plazas featuring dance bands, were an integral part of the filmmaker’s childhood in Asturias. Her documentary focuses on the “end of the party”—when the plaza falls silent and “music, summer, work, money all disappear when winter arrives for musicians belonging to a time that is slowly fading away.”

    March 25 – El Lugar de las Fresas by Maite Vitoria Daneris
    Lina is seventy years old and has always been a farmer. Every morning, she leaves San Mauro, the “strawberry town,” and goes to Europe’s biggest open-air market, Porta Palazzo in Turin, where she sells her fruit, vegetables and strawberries. Lina doesn’t have any children but she does have five dogs and a husband, who wishes she would stop working, but his request is ignored. Until one day, at the market, she meets Hassan, a young Moroccan immigrant looking for a job.

    For more information, visit the Instituto Cervantes website (http://manila.cervantes.es), www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila or email cinematheque@fdcp.ph.

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    FEU short film bags six “Piling Obrang Vidyo” awards

    January 22nd, 2017

    The cast and staff of “Ma?’ Photo © Ralph Quincena

    A SHORT film made by a group of students from Far Eastern University-Manila, recently took home majority of the awards in the 13th Piling Obrang Vidyo or “POV XIII: Celebrating the Power of People’s Narratives” organized by the UP Cinema.

    Ma?” won Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Performance (in a tie with “Nandito Naman Tayo Para Sa Isa’t Isa, ‘Di Ba?” by Gilb Baldoza of UP Diliman), Best Poster, Cinemasters’ Choice (selected by the organizers) and Audience Choice at the awards ceremony held last January 21 at UP Cine Adarna.

    Child actor Antonio Collantes Photo © Ralph Quincena.

    The 10-minute film tells the story of Andre (Antonio Collantes), a boy who suddenly finds himself alone in their house. He looks for his mother (Aileen Sahibad) despite having no electricity at home. He eventually finds an explanation for the unexpected turn of events as well as the shadows lurking in the dark.

    FEU Film Society Vice President Ralph Quincena wrote the screenplay, edited and co-directed the film with fellow Department of Communication student Patricia Ramirez. They also got ample support from director of photography Josel Fajardo, producer and sound designer Zheina David, associate producer and assistant director Ronalyn Torres, production designer Andrea Rigor, sound recordist Faith Medina, script continuity supervisor Rodney Barnes and musical scorer Athena Respicio, among others. Fajardo, David, Torres, Rigor, Medina and Barnes are Quincena’s fellow FEU FilmSoc members and communication majors while Respicio is an architecture student at FEU.

    So far, my bad experiences have been my investment in filmmaking. I’m the type of person who believes that the grudges that people have from their dark pasts are great sources of magnificent stories. That is why I found myself being fond of making horror films. For me, all of the films that I’ve made have that dark touch, a feeling of unhappiness and fear. I don’t know why exactly but anger, sadness and fright seem to drive my creativity crazy,” Quincena shared.

    Ramirez, on the other hand, said that Quincena convinced her to make the short films “Laba Boy” for CineMapua (an annual short film festival of Mapua Institute of Technology) last year and now “Ma?” which she considers a story that wants to speak out an emotion kept for years. “Even if this isn’t my own experience, I envisioned it by how I also felt with life, the unexpected horrors of living it each day and the wonderful surprises that may await us in the end.”

    Lutab” by Ma. Jerowe Papin and Efren Orpiada Jr. of Ateneo de Naga University won Best Narrative Film and Best Editing (in a tie with “Processions” by Steven Paul Evangelio of UP Diliman). “Processions” also bagged Best Screenplay while “The Last Gig on Earth” by Mariah Reodica, also from UP Diliman, won Best Production Design.

    In Memoriam” by Jeremy Quing and Catrina Mae Oblefias of Southern Luzon State University got the Best Documentary prize while “Ang Pagkalaglag ng Ginintuang Salamin ng Pagkakilanlan” by Tricia Sotaso of Mapua won Best Experimental Film.

    Award-winning filmmakers Lav Diaz and Jason Paul Laxamana, actresses Angeli Bayani and Irma Adlawan, editor Carlo Francisco Manatad, cinematographer Tey Clamor, production designer Mao Fadul and sound designer Mikko Quizon comprised the narrative film jury. Kiri Dalena, Sheron Dayoc and Cha Escala judged the documentaries while Hector Barretto Calma, Mervin Espina and Rox Lee served as jury for the experimental films.

    Ma?” will next compete at CineMapua along with another FEU short film, “Padyak” directed by Austhon Solis and Duane Umali, from January 23 to 28.

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    BenildeFilm wins big in 2nd SineNanay filmfest

    December 22nd, 2016

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    “Magtanggol” awarded Most Popular Film at the International Film Festival Manhattan

    November 26th, 2016

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