Alternative film winners of Gawad CCP named

The Manila Times
November 23, 2013 7:45 pm

Winners of the 25th Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video were named Friday, November 15 at the CCP Dream Theater.

In the Animation category, the winners were Milkyboy by Arnold Arre (first prize), Inay by Carl Joseph Papa (second Prize) and Ang Tala by Arlei Dormiendo (third prize).

Honorable Mention was given to Ang Lalong ni Kulakog by Omar Aguilar and Levanta by Glenn Oliva.

In the Experimental category, the winners are 50/50 by Mikey Red (first prize) and Gapas by Iar Lionel Arondaing (second prize) with two films, Ang Libingan ng mga Pantas ng Perya by Joyen Santos and Si Ginoong Supremo at ang Walang Hanggang Linya by Jeffrey Ortaliza tying for the third prize. Honorable mention was given to Bihag ni Lumang Juan by Peter James Bacatan.

In the Documentary category, the winners are Magdalena by Anna Isabelle Matutina (first prize), Tortyur sa Ilalim ng Martial Law (second prize) with two films Daan Patungong Melancholia by Mike Esteves and Saka by Harold Calderon tying for the third prize.

Honorable Mentions were given to Lundayan by Mikhail Kevin Pineda and Pwede Mo Ba Ako Turuan Ulit? by Patricia Angeli Damaso.

In the Short Feature category, first prize went to Kakosa by Milo Paz; first prize to Boda de Oro by Cynthia Paz and third prize to Ang Walay Kahumanang Adlaw by Glenmark Doromal and Punla by Kenneth Mandrilla. Honorable Mentions were given to Kawal by Edward “EJ” Salcedo, Deathsquad Dogs by Jose Maria Basa, and Sonder by Arianna Martinez.

The Ika-25 Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video is the longest running indie film festival and competition in Asia. It promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year’s most outstanding film and video artists.

The competition features strictly independent works, including school-based works, and not produced for commercial screening in the four categories of Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation. Winners are awarded cash prizes and certificates.

This year, the announcement for the winners of Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video was held on November 13 to 15.

Two PH films in Wiesbaden
Bayani San Diego Jr.
October 15, 2013 | 9:20 pm

NADINE Samonte and Barbara Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Two Filipino films will be shown at the Exground Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, from Nov. 15 to 24. Joseph Israel Laban’s feature narrative “Nuwebe” and Anna Isabelle Matutina’s full-length documentary “Magdalena” are in the fest’s lineup. “Magdalena” is a product of the 2012 Franco-German-Filipino Documentary Workshop, made possible by the Goethe Institut Manila. Laban and Matutina would “personally present their works at the fest,” said Axel Estein of the Exground fest.

‘Mamay Umeng’ in Mumbai

“MAMAY Umeng”

Filipino filmmaker Dwein Baltazar’s “Mamay Umeng” will compete in the International Competition (of First Feature Films) section of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival in India, to be held starting tomorrow up to Oct. 24.  “Mamay Umeng,” which won the Woosuk Prize in Jeonju, South Korea, in May, was also screened at the Karlovy Vary fest Czech Republic in June.

A meditation on old age and mortality, “Mamay Umeng” is the only Filipino film in Mumbai and will compete with Singaporean Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo.”

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GMA’s ‘24 Oras,’ ‘I-Witness,’ nominees in this year’s Emmy

by Crispina Martinez – Belen
September 11, 2013, Manila Bulletin

Photo by Kara David

Photo by Kara David

GMA News and Public Affairs brings pride to the country anew with two nominations in this year’s International Emmy Awards. GMA-7’s flagship primetime newscast “24 Oras” and longest-running public affairs program “I-Witness” were among the eight international nominees for the News and Current Affairs categories.

“24 Oras’” in-depth coverage of Typhoon Pablo, considered as the world’s deadliest natural disaster in 2012, received a nomination in the News Category. Led by anchors Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez, GMA News and Public Affairs’ ace team of reporters covered the typhoon that whipped Mindanao a few weeks before Christmas. “24 Oras’” coverage of the heartbreaking loss of lives after the typhoon was cited for being “a catalyst for public debate regarding the effectiveness of the country’s emergency preparedness.”

Kara David’s “I-Witness” documentary on children’s rights titled “Alkansiya” earned a nomination in the Current Affairs category. “Alkansiya” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy from Eastern Samar who dives and scours the seabed every night in search of sea cucumbers. Hoping to finish his studies, he eagerly deposits his measly income from selling his daily haul to his “alkansiya” or piggy bank. The documentary also received the prestigious UNICEF Child Rights Award in October of last year in Seoul, Korea.

Entries from GMA Network are the sole nominees from the Philippines and even in Asia in the News and Current Affairs categories. The eight nominees came from five countries including Brazil, Germany, Romania, Philippines, and United Kingdom. GMA Network and Brazil’s TV Globo are the only international entries to have earned a nod in both categories.

“The 2013 Nominees reported on subjects ranging from war to politics to human triumph and tragedy,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization conferring the Emmys, in a news release announcing the nominees last Aug. 14.

Winners will be announced at the Lincoln Center in New York on Oct. 1.

New Filipino Cinema 2013: Filipina Shorts

Jun 9, 2013 1:00pm

Screening Room
$10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, or teacher
U.S. premiere

We showcase four emerging women directors in this diverse program of shorts.

Waiting to Whisper (Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong) by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
In traditional Filipino culture, when a person dies you can whisper and send your wishes to the dead. This bizarre yet touching film depicts a grotesquely dysfunctional family who selfishly await the death of a relative. (2012, 17 min)

Aurora, My Aurora by Janus Victoria
A poetic meditation on random human connections set against the discordant urban rhythms of Manila. (2012, 15 min)

Vow of Silence (Imik) by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Starring the gifted young actress Mercedes Cabral, Imik examines the complexities of sexual relationships in an extremely patriarchal society. (2012, 40 min)

Last Strike (Katapusang Labok) by Aiess Alonso
With stunning imagery bathed in glorious light, the film portrays a fishing community north of Cebu who struggle to survive despite the devastation caused by coral harvesting. (2012, 20 min)

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PH films in the spotlight at film festival in Finland

By Sheila Riikonen, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau correspondent
Posted at 03/12/2013 10:24 AM | Updated as of 03/12/2013 10:28 AM


(L-R) Jewel Maranan, Anna Isabelle Matutina, Raymond Red, Axel Estein and guest at Focus on the Philippines

FINLAND – Twenty documentary, experimental and fiction short films by prize-winning filmmaker Nick Deocampo, noted directors Raymond Red, Anna Isabelle Matutina, and Jewel Maranan were showcased at the recent 43rd Tampere International Short Film Festival.

Held from March 6 to 10, the film festival gathered a poignant collection of short films made during the last 40 years in the Philippines. The Philippines was one of the festival’s main focuses in Asia, along with China and India.

The 5-day fest was attended by thousands of international guests, filmmakers, organizers, students, and film buffs, who viewed over 500 screenings and 4500 international films for the press at the “Film Market” events.

The four directors led by Red, a veteran of the short film genre, and two upcoming young directors Sunshine Matutina and Maranan participated in seminars, discussions and masterclasses, as well as workshops, in Finland´s 19th century district.

“We are very happy to be in one of the most prestigious film fest in Europe,” Red said in an interview with ABS-CBN Europe at the historic Tammer Hotel in the mainland city of Tampere.

“[Its] a good chance to show that our film industry is vibrant with promising young talents. We have been invited before but this is our first opportunity to be here,” he said.

Some Filipinos went to the film festival to give their support to the Filipino directors.
“We are very excited to welcome them here. We listened to ‘Focus on the Philippines’ program discussions and we were very proud,” said Tampere-based Alice Savolainen from Albay. She and her Finnish husband paid a minimum of 8 euros for each film and enjoyed the free additional screenings.

Matutina’s acclaimed “Imik” drew gasps from the audience with its portrayal of female sexuality and family relationships. Maranan´s documentary on “Tondo, Beloved: To What Are the Poor Born?”, which was shown to a big crowd on Saturday evening, was well-received by the mainly European audience.

“It was amazing when watching the film how the director can present her subjects poignantly and subtly in such close proximity,” said Vladimir Horev from Estonia.

Red’s “Ang Hikab” (1984) was described in Finnish blogs as a surreal film balancing the fine line between dreaming and being awake by a man caught in his own nightmares.

The 15-minute film is a very successful model to exploit, as a crossbreed of ‘Becket and Kafkaesque’ kind of encounter with the world, wrote critic Henri Walter Rehnström.

“Red’s use of 8-16 millimeter camera results in very familiar but also has a very special outcome. Filipino films that have remained invisible to Finland commercially show again a short repackaging of fact and fiction,” he added.

UK won the Grand Pix

“The Mass of Men” (2012), directed by Gabriel Gauchet, won with its story of a 55-year-old Richard, who is late for his appointment at the employment office. According to the jury, “the filmmaker skillfully leads the viewer through a constantly developing narrative asking them to question their own preconceptions as the full story is gradually revealed.”

The Best Fiction category went to Argentina’s “Asesinato en Junìn” (Murder in Junín, 2012) by Andrew Sala while the audience award for Best International Film was handed out to “Matka” (Mother, 2012) by Polish Lukasz Ostalski.

Finland´s National Competition winners include “Hänen tilanne” (When One Stops, 2012), “Hiljaisen talven lapsi” (The Child of Silent Winter), “Laulu koti-ikävästä” (Finnish Blood Swedish Heart, 2012), and “Häätanssi” (Dance of Outlaws, 2012). The Youth Jury Award and student prizes were also given. The Trash Film Festival aimed at low budget Finnish films was well-attended.

“The competitions attracted a large audience as well as Zaida Bergroth’s retrospective screenings which were sold out. Old film classics were audience favorites too while the unique show Retour de flamme swept the audience off at Tullikamari,” the festival director said.

Painful issues in PH tackled in light-hearted way

The cinematic journey to the Philippines and China are highlights of the main program. The more recent fiction films deal with even painful issues in a lighthearted way, wrote the Finnish press.

As a theme, the Philippines was depicted as a “former Spanish colony with prominent Catholicism displayed in the films as colorful carnival culture, among other things.”
“The Eternity” about the quest for eternal life, and “Black Nuisance” about the Philippine-American War at the turn of the 20th century, were shown in Focus on the Philippines, alongside “True Blue American Coconut Grove” and “Rust”.

Meanwhile, the status of gay men living on the margins of Filipino society by Paolo Villaluna’s “Margin.”

“Ang Magpakailanman” was reminiscent of “Metropolis” (1927), and visually compelling “Andalusian Dog” (1929), wrote Rehnström. “It would have been great if the Film Festival had the opportunity to make further production showings of Red, for example, in the 2000 film of Anino that won the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes.”

“We never knew about the Philippines, but after the festival we have a strong desire to go there and see for ourselves,” said Monika, a young student from Tampere.

The first Tampere International Short Film Fest, which started in 1970 now evolved to become an international meeting place for film professionals and enthusiasts. Since, 2009 over 3000 films were submitted to the competitions. Remaining ideologically neutral and open, the event prides itself on showcasing high standard cinema, regardless of social systems.


PH films in two Finland film fests

March 2, 2013 | 9:26 pm

The Tampere Film Festival has lined up a retrospective of 20 Filipino shorts, spanning works from 1969 to 2012, along with two full-length features (Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo” and Lawrence Fajardo’s “Amok,”) and Jewel Maranan’s full-length documentary “Tundong Magiliw.”

Four Filipino filmmakers Nick Deocampo, Raymond Red, Anna Isabelle Matutina and Maranan will attend the Tampere fest, which will be held from March 6 to 10.

Among the short films to be screened in Tampere are those of Red (“The Eternity”) and Paolo Villaluna (“Margin”).

Axel Estein curated the Filipino program, dubbed “Focus on the Philippines.”

Four days after Tampere, three Filipino shorts will be shown at the Helsinki Cine Asia Film Festival: Borgy Torre’s “Bonsai,” Joy A. Aquino’s “Nilda” and Rommel Tolentino’s “Niño Bonito.”

The Helsinki fest will be held from March 14 to 17.  – Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Winners named in CCP film, video tilt
Posted at 11/27/2012 5:02 PM | Updated as of 11/27/2012 5:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The 24th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, a competition for works in both film and video formats, recently held its awarding rites at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

The film and video competition, which ran from November 20-23, at the CCP, included four categories: short feature/narrative, experimental, documentary and animation.

In the experimental category, the first prize went to “Pikit sa Alas-Tres” (Sleeping Uncertainties at 3) by Mark Sherwin M. Maestro of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman; second prize to “UN” by Inshallah P. Montero from De La Salle College of St. Benilde; and third prize to “Pilipinas” by Alyssa Suico of the UP Film Institute. Honorable mentions went to “Destinasyon” by Catherine Luna Capistrano of the University of the East – Caloocan; and “Sa Gabi Nahihimlay, Nasaan Ka Aking Madaling-Araw?” (On Night’s Sleep, Where are you my Daylight?) by Mark Sherwin Marquez Maestro of UP-Diliman.

In the animation category, the first prize was awarded to “Marianing” by Niko Salazar of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde; and second prize to “Olimpan” by Omar P. Aguilar of Ateneo de Naga University. Two films in this category garnered the third prize— “Bulador de Casa” (Indoor Kite) by Victor Ian M. Covarrubias of Ateneo de Zamboanga University; and “Kaleh at Mbaki” by Dennis E. Sebastian. Honorable mentions went to “Brownout Animation” by Christine Joyce Silva, “Tulak-Bala” (To Push Away Calamity) by Mary Grace S. Antonio of Ateneo de Zamboanga University and “The Willow” by Phoebe Semfuego of Ateneo de Naga University.

In the documentary category, no first prize was awarded.  “Hapi Libing” (Happy Living) by Steve Cardona of Lipa City, Batangas received the second prize, while “Walang Hanggang Buhay ni Leonardo Co” by Nannette Matilac of DocuCinema Media Collective, Inc. got the third prize.  Honorable mentions went to “Balitok” (Gold) by Sheryl Rose Andes of the UP Film Institute, “Pamukot” (Caught in a Net) by Godson Escopete of Tudla Productions Group, Inc. and “The Quiapo Perspective” by Inshallah P. Montero of De La Salle College of St. Benilde. A special citation was given to “Misyon sa Bundok Apo” by Jophel Botero Ybiosa of RCP Productions.

In the short feature category, the first prize was awarded to “Saranghae My Tutor” by Victor Villanueva of Dreamline Productions and second prize to “Imik” by Anna Isabelle Matutina of Digital Cheese. “Au Revoir Philip” by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo and “Mani” by Hubert Tibi of Shotlist Productions) shared the third prize.

Omar Aguilar’s “Oli Impan” and Villanueva’s “Saranghae My Tutor” were named Best Regional Entries ,while Covarrubias’ “Bulador de Casa” was named the Best Work by/for/on children.

Another huge victory for independent filmmaking
Thursday, 19 November 2009 00:00

Cinema One Originals awards night

After the success of the premiere night of the five independent film entries of the leading movie cable channel in the country, Cinema One via its Cinema One Originals project, the film festival was capped off with the Cinema One Originals Awards Night held at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater. Many local and foreign filmmakers and indie movie fanatics, as well as the films’ cast, crew and many other celebrities, attended the night to support the five Cinema One Originals finalists: Maximus & Minimus, Wanted: Border, Bala Bala, Paano Ko Sasabihin and Si Maymay Si Baning at ang Asong Si Bobo.

Making the night fun, light and memorable, the Cinema One Originals Awards Night was hosted by grand slam winning actor and drama prince Piolo Pascual and the new box-office star Eugene Domingo. Winning filmmakers Danny Zialcita and Cannes Film Festival director Brillante Mendoza plus blockbuster directors like Joyce Bernal and Cathy Garcia-Molina were also present in the award’s night. Heartthrob Sam Milby also rendered an intermission number to the delight of the audience.

With no particular theme this year to encourage a no-holds barred and out-of-the-box entries, the five finalists are: the sweet comedy Maximus & Minimus by directors Na Jamir and Jimmy Flores that stars Cai Cortez, Baron Geisler, Mikel Campos, Liza Lorena and Malou Crisologo; the thriller Wanted: Border by director Ray Gibraltar stars Rosanna Roces and Raffy Tejada; the mystery-fantasy Bala Bala of writer-director Melvin Brito starring Richard Quan, Glenda Resureccion, Jao Mapa and Angel Jacob; the romantic comedy Paano Ko Sasabihin starring Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee and directed by Richard Legaspi and the children’s film Si Maymay Si Baning at ang Asong Si Bobo of writer-director Rommel Tolentino that stars Rio Locsin, Simon Ibarra and Gene Karley Largueza.

Presented by some of the country’s hottest and most in demand celebrities today, the winners are:

• Audience Choice Award: Paano Ko Sasabihin?
• Best Music: Malek Lopez and Erwin Romulo, Wanted: Border
• Best Sound: Mark Laccay, Bala-Bala
• Best Production Design: Alf Alacapa, Jeffrey Winston Lazaro And Amanda Nava, Wanted:Border
• Best Editing: Anna Isabelle Matutina, Paano Ko Sasabihin?
• Best Cinematography: Ogi Sugatan, Wanted: Border
• Best Supporting Actor: Jan Harley Hicana Rebanal for playing Paeng in Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo
• Best Supporting Actress: Rio Locsin, Si Baning, Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo
• Best Actress: Rosanna Roces, Wanted: Border
• Best Actor: Mikel Campos, Maximus & Minimus
• Best Screenplay: Ray Defante Gibraltar, Wanted: Border
• Best Director: Ray Defante Gibraltar, Wanted: Border
• Special Mention: Paano Ko Sasabihin? written and directed by Richard Legaspi, Red Room Productions, Line Producer: Karr Cotamora
• Best Picture: Wanted: Border written and directed by Ray Defante Gibraltar, Line Producer: Ms. Chits Jimenez

This year’s jury included four-time grand slam winning actress and Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, award-winning filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz, screenplay writer Armando Lao, ABS-CBN Creative Manger and award-winning writer Ricky Lee, and member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and Dean of the College of Mass Communication in UP-Diliman Rolando Tolentino.

“Ambulancia” short film wins best editing in Italy

Anna Isabelle Matutina won the Miglior Montaggio or Best Editing Award for Richard Legaspi’s short film “Ambulancia” at the 14th San Gio International Video Festival held recently in the Courtyard of the Old Court, Scaligeri Palaces of Verona, Italy.

The good news was relayed to Legaspi via email by San Gio festival director Ugo Brusaporco. The festival (http://www.sangiofe, an international extension of video and images in motion, was judged by Spanish actress Maria Jesus Hoyos, critic Juan Ferrer, Italian actor Alain Libolt, actress
Donatella Mei, and writer Vanessa Picciarelli.

Alen Drlievic’s “Esma” (Bosnia – Herzegovina) , which tells the lasting search of a woman named Esma for her missing husband, who was abducted by the Bosnian Serb Army inside a United Nations peace camp, won the grand prize Miglior Video or Best Video Award.

The other winners are Nebojša Slijepč ević ‘s “Za 4 Godine” / “In 4 Years” (Croatia) for Best Direction, Milos Tomic’s “Plivnuti Polibkem” / “Splitted by Kiss” (Czech Republic) for Best Screenplay, Tibor Banoczki’s “Milk Teeth” (United Kingdom) for Best Animation, Ragnar Neljandi of Mari-Liis Bassovskaja’ s and Jelena Girlin’s “Kleit” / “The Dress” (Estonia) for Best Cinematography, Ollie Davis of Sally Arthur’s “A-Z” (United Kingdom) for Best Music, Rikke Lyllof of Anna Goldblum Treiman’s “Gaven” / “The Gift”
(Denmark) for Best Interpretation, and Jadwiga Kowalska’s “Tãt ou tard” (Switzerland) for the Soave Ways Award.

“Ambulancia, ” which tells of a painful twist in an ambulance driver’s belief that a dying patient can be saved by running over stray animals on the street, was also selected as one of ten finalists in the Open Category of Silvershorts, the short film competition section of the 3rd .MOV International Digital Film Festival (http://www.movfest. com), which will run from September 24 to October 7 in selected Robinsons Movieworld cinemas.

Aside from Ambulancia, also vying for the P100,000 grand prize in the Silvershorts Open are Jan Philippe “JP” Carpio’s “VTR,” Antoinette Jadaone’s “Saling Pusa,” Milo Tolentino’s “Andong,” Jose Maria Basa’s “Ampo,” Ray Gibraltar’s “Tiangge,” J.I.E. Teodoro’s “The Prayer,” CJ Andaluz’s “Nekro,” Ramon del Prado’s “Libingan,” and Leo Valencia’s “#cafe.”

Matutina and Legaspi are both part of the Katorse Writers Group, graduates of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop for film and television (http://katorseshort s.wordpress. com). The latter, a faculty of the University of the East College of Fine Arts, is a fellow of the 2007 Asian Film Academy, an educational program of the Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea, while the former is also an independent filmmaker and a freelance editor for film and television.

“Ambulancia” will next compete in the 10th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Greece, 14th Bite the Mango Film Festival in the United Kingdom, and 11th Pyongyang International Film Festival in North Korea. It earlier won the grand prize in the Viva – Pinoy Box Office (PBO) Digitales 2 short film competition and the best short narrative film in the first Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health. It also competed in the 32nd Open-Air Film Festival Weiterstadt in Germany and 5th Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece. ##