16 PH films in San Francisco

April 24, 2013 | 6:53 pm

Largely due to the “popular, critical and artistic success” of the first New Filipino Cinema held last year, organizers have decided to make the film fest an “annual event.”

New Filipino Cinema 2013, which will be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco from June 5 to 9, will showcase a diverse selection of 16 Filipino films—features, documentaries, shorts and a digitally restored classic.

Leading the lineup is Ishmael Bernal’s digitally restored “Himala.”

Acclaimed works from the Cinemalaya and Cinema One digital film festivals are on the list as well: Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon,” Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo,” Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala,” Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Kalayaan” and Shireen Seno’s “Big Boy.”

Docus like Benito Bautista’s “Harana” and Jewel Maranan’s “Tundong Magiliw” will likewise be shown.

Two films from Mindanao represent the vibrant regional cinema scene: Arnel Mardoquio’s “Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim” and Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Qiyamah.”

Four short films by women filmmakers are in the program, too: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong,” Janus Victoria’s “Aurora, My Aurora,” Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Imik” and Aiess Alonso’s “Katapusang Labok.”

An experimental film, Whammy Alcazaren’s “Colossal,” is included this year, along with a “commercial movie … the delightfully deranged (and indie in spirit) Erik Matti’s ‘Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles.’”

Its website asserted that this year’s New Filipino Cinema lineup proves that “the Philippines remains one of the most creative and exciting countries for independent filmmaking.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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)

More at: http://www.ybca.org/new-filipino-cinema-2013

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.

– See more at: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/83473/ph-films-in-two-finland-film-fests#sthash.wbOjcDWj.dpuf

The Best, The Breakthroughs & The Irritants of 2012

by Cathy Pena Thursday, January 10, 2013 (re-blogged from Make Me Blush)

Making a shortlist to represent 2012’s best films was harder than I thought because at some point, I found myself overwhelmed by the startling number of local film output. We’ve given the number from our last post: 142 films were shown in commercial cinemas. This number was bolstered by the emergence of a flurry of film festivals: SM Cinema’s Big Shot, Cinemalaya, Cinema One Film Festival, MMFF New Wave, Metro Manila Film Festival. The point here is, I want to present a compendium that best represents the film year. But more than anything, the titles have to be beautifully told, exquisitely presented, and the most important element is its entertainment quotient. After all, I am disinclined to include a title that I did not enjoy; who cares if it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year? They have to compel me to attentively sit back while I am taken into a different world.

After several days of meticulous deliberation, I narrowed the list down to a crop of 20 and added a couple more titles (“Unofficially Yours“, “Rigodon“) that we feel should not be ignored, mainly because they’re geared for their pecuniary existence. What reveals is that more than 50% of these titles come from the aforementioned film festivals; only five titles were from mainstream machinery. It’s thus becoming clear how mainstream mentality is gradually losing ground where artistic patronage is concerned because, if you haven’t noticed, the Cinemalaya screenings alone drew huge crowds at cinemas of exhibition. Many of these works were directorial showcases more than an actor’s vehicle (Fredo’s “In Nomine Matris”, Sanchez’s “Jungle Love”, Martinez’s “I Doo Bidoo Bidoo”, Acierto’s “Grave Bandits”). These films and film makers made 2012 a pleasurable year for shelling out hard earned money to be able to enjoy the magic of the silver screen.

BEST FILMS of 2012:

1. Vincent Sandoval’s Aparisyon
2. Jun Lana’sBwakaw – WINNER
3. Joyce Bernal’s Of All The Things
4. Chris Martinez’s I Doo Bidoo Bidoo
5. Mes de Guzman’s Diablo
6. Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s Jungle Love
7. Pam Miras’ Pascalina
8. Marie Jamora’s Ang Nawawala
9. Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb
10. Erik Matti’s Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles

Also considered: Tyrone Acierto’s Grave Bandits, Marty Syjuco’s Give Up Tomorrow, Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s Kalayaan, Richard Somes’ Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi, Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith Sicat’s Himala Ngayon, Loy Arcenas’ REquieme, Will Fredo’s In Nomine Matris, Lawrence Fajardo’s Posas, Arnel Madroquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Erik Matti’s Rigodon, Ian Loreno’s Alagwa, Cathy Garcia-Molina’s Unofficially Yours


1. Will Fredo – “In Nominee Matris”
2. Chris Martinez in “I Doo Bidoo Bidoo”
3. Jun Lana – “Bwakaw”
4. Brillante Mendoza – “Thy Womb” – WINNER
5. Vincent Sandoval – “Aparisyon”
6. Mes de Guzman – “Diablo”
7. Marie Zamora – “Ang Nawawala”
8. Tyrone Acierto – “The Grave Bandits”
9. Pam Miras – “Pascalina”
10. Loy Arcenas – “REquime!”

2012 also gave us indelible performances. We’ve narrowed down our choices to a maximum of 10. Six names are big studio draws; one is a Thai superstar. Kristoffer King drew thespic strength from Paul Sta. Ana’s “Oros” and Armando Lao’s “Ad Ignorantiam“, but we had to pick his more complex performance to make the list.


1. Eddie Garcia as the grumpy and closeted Rene in Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw” – WINNER
2. Aga Muhlach as Emil, the Bar Exams flunker, in Joyce Bernal’s “Of All the Things”
3. Dingdong Dantes as childless husband Edward in Ruel Bayani’s “One More Try”
4. Coco Martin as carpenter Pol in Emmanuel Palo’s “Santa Nina”
5. Kristoffer King as the necklace-snatching suspect Roberto in Armando Lao’s “Ad Ignorantiam”
6. Jericho Rosales as a grieving father Robert in Ian Loreno’s “Alagwa”
7. Dennis Trillo as Ruben, the lonely caretaker of a former President’s house in Aloy Adlawan’s “Ang Katiwala”
8. John Lloyd Cruz as news intern Mackie Galvez in Cathy Garcia-Molina’s “Unofficially Yours”
9. Ananda Everingham as disturbed soldier Julian Macaraeg in Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s “Kalayaan”
10. Dominic Roco as Gibson, the traumatized twin, in Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”


1. Nora Aunor as Shaleha, the childless Badjau midwife, in Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” – WINNER
2. Angel Locsin as Grace, the mother with a very sick child, in Ruel Bayani’s “One More Try”
3. Ama Quiambao as Nanay Lusing, the lonely mother of three sons, in Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo”
4. Eugene Domingo as Rosie in Chris Martinez’s “I Doo Bidoo Bidoo”
5. Olga Natividad as a hotel’s housekeeping supervisor Ella in Julius Cena’s “Mga Dayo”
6. Shamaine Buencamino as barangay chairman Swanie for Loy Arcenas’ “REquime”
7. Angelica Panganiban as Jacqui in Ruel Bayani’s “One More Try”
8. Bea Alonzo as Sari, the seamstress with a secret, in Olivia Lamasan’s “The Mistress”

I have to say that Angel Locsin turned in a career’s best. In this tackily titled movie, Locsin bravely tackles a role with a considerable degree of difficulty that she was able to hurdle quite impressively. Locsin was as empathetic as Aunor’s Shaleha. However, La Aunor succeeded more as she gracefully disappeared into her character without much vocal calisthenics or excessive physical artifice.


1. Art Acuna as menacing Inspector Domingo in Lawrence Fajardo’s “Posas” – WINNER
2. Ronaldo Valdez as philandering husband Rico in Olivia Lamasan’s “The Mistress”
3. Daniel Fernando as the aging boxer Lauro in Jose Antonio de Rivera and Bianca Catbagan’s “Suntok sa Buwan”
4. Nicholas Varela as the doped out Mike in Christian Linaban’s “Aberya”
5. Joey Paras as the feisty Tracy in Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw”
6. Tommy Abuel as the sympathetic father in Joyce Bernal’s “Of All the Things”
7. Cesar Montano as Andres Bonifacio for Mark Meilly’s “El Presidente”


1. LJ Reyes as Doray, the orphaned girl driven to prostitution, in Lemuel Lorca’s “Intoy Syokoy sa Kalye Marino” – WINNER
2. Janice de Belen as the vengeful wife in Rico Maria Ilrde’s Pridyider
3. Annicka Dolonius as heartbroken Enid in Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”
4. Raquel Villavicencio as guilt-stricken Sister Vera in Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon”
5. Hilda Koronel as Regina, the wife who desperately craves for her husband’s undivided love, in Olivia Lamasan’s “The Mistress”
6. Clara Ramona as Mercedes Lagdameo, the dance ingenue who sacrificed her family for her love of dance, in Will Fredo’s “In Nomine Matris”
7. Tami Monsod as Ava Bonifacio, the former flamenco star who gave up everything for love, in Will Fredo’s “In Nomine Matris”
8. Andi Eigenmann as man-eating Rafi, who desperately tries to claw her way into a man’s affection, in Nuel Naval’s “A Secret Affair”
9. Alessandra de Rossi as Madel, the incestuous cousin, in Emmanuel Palo’s “Santa Nina”

Breakthrough Artists of 2012

This category spotlights the performers, mostly new names, who made quite an impression in their roles from films released in 2012. Other personalities (Nicholas Varela, Art Acuna, Annicka Dolonnius) belong here, but since they’re in major categories, we’ve decided to take them off this list to avoid being redundant. This list contains promising names that deserve better projects and more exposure in the entertainment business. Some of them will create bigger waves in the industry.

1. Alex Medina – He already won an acting award for his part in Ato Bautista’s “Palitan“. This year, we first noticed him in Dimaculangan, Ramos and Rivera’s “Balang Araw” (Bullet Day). He then appeared in four more flicks: Richard Somes’ “Supremo” and “Mariposa: Sa Hawla ng Gabi“, Bautista’s “Palitan” and Pam Miras’ “Pascalina“. He was, of course, in several other indies like Paul Morales’ “Concerto“. His father is actor Pen Medina.
2. Patrick Sugui. This former PBB Teen was a revelation in Gino Santos’ “The Animals“.
3. Carlo Cruz in Archie Dimaculangan and company’s “Balang Araw” (Bullet Day). We also saw him as a sinister senior fratman in Gino Santos’ “The Animals“.
4. Acey Aguilar – He appeared in Alcazaren’s “Colossal” opposite Mercedes Cabral. He also headlined the MMFF Student Short Film, Nikko Arcega and Minette Palcon’s “Lugaw” where he played out-of-luck Boyong, the father of a sick child.
5. Jacob Miller as Brat for Lem Lorca’s “Bola“. This newbie from Davao can give many veteran actors a run for their thespic money!
6. Kristoffer Martin as Abet in Paul Sta. Ana’s “Oros“. His eye-catching turn here should usher more roles in prestigious indie film projects as he is clearly underused in his mother studio.
7. Mara Lopez – She was quite an eye-catcher in Ron Morales’ “Santa Mesa” a few years ago. This year, she comes into her own in Ato Bautista’s “Palitan” and Maribel Legarda’s “Melodrama Negra“.
8. Ronald Pacifico – He charmed the audience as the grave-digging thief Romy in Tyrone Acierto’s Zombie flick “The Grave Bandits“.
9. John James Uy and Yam Concepcion scorch the screen in Erik Matti’s ultra-sexy “Rigodon“.
10. Gino de la Pena played Emman in Jose Javier Reyes’ “Mga Munting Lihim“.
11. Benjamin Alves. This Piolo Pascual-lookalike is Pascual’s real life nephew and has his uncle’s strong presence. He appeared opposite Lovi Poe in Tara Illenberger’s “Guni-Guni“. He is now groomed by GMA7 for bigger things.
12. Micko Laurente as Berto, the solvent-sniffing street urchin in Michael Angelo Dagnalan’s “Paglaya sa Tanikala”.
13. Richard Bradley Arma earlier played lead in Gabs Ramos’ “Mestizo: A Beautiful Boy“. He then re-appeared in Ronaldo Bertubin’s “Gayak“. This Caucasian looker speaks flawless Tagalog.
14. Sef Cadayona. He is arguably this year’s most successful breakthrough actor, moving out from career limbo by appearing in Emmanuel dela Cruz’s “Slumber Party” then in Ronaldo Bertubin’s “Gayak“.


With 45 titles released in 2012, this genre clearly represents the worst lot in the film industry. They exploit men willing to wave their shortcomings for the 2-minute glory under the celluloid sun; they have sparse narrative, redundant scenography and limited imagination. It is thus a pleasure whenever we find titles that rise above the muck. We’ve written about them here. And we’re proud to declare these 4 titles, the year’s Best Pink Films:

1. Gerardo Calagui’s Marcie
2. Monti Parungao’sThe Escort
3. Lem Lorca’sBola
4. Niko Jacinto’sSalo” (Share)


1. Khen Aldovino is an all-around irritant in Krizzie Syfu’s Big Shot entry, “Tahanan“.
2. Suspenseful scenes in Somes’ “Corazon Ang Unang Aswang” where the characters of Tetchie Agbayani and Erich Gonzales are written and depicted as insane people more than monsters. There’s a stark difference between monstrosity and insanity.
3. Protracted building of mood and atmosphere in Muhammad Yusuf’s The Witness” tests fortitude and challenges common sense. Every action is done in slow motion that the mere opening of doors will take 2 minutes!
4. Every single creature in Joel Lamangan’sThe Mommy Returns” is a despicable character. There’s the dying father who’s rushing his matrimonial plunge so someone could take care of his children when he croaks (isn’t deception horrible?) There’s the new stepmother who dubiously agrees to marry her beau less than two weeks after their serendipitous meeting (why was she that desperate to tie the knot?) There’s the greedy in-law (Gloria Diaz as Mabel Diaz Laurel, a society matron who has fallen on hard times) who’s ecstatic over Catherine’s marriage to William as it would allow her to pay off all her accumulating debts (aren’t we the opportunistic in-law?) There are the meanest children who would do everything to embarrass their stepmother.
5. Cesar Montano’s pa-burgis demeanor as Ben Muriilo in Montano’s action flick, “Hitman”.
6. Wenn Deramas’ “Moron 5 and the Crying Lady“. Need I say more?
7. Arkey Munoz’s incessant bawling in Edz Espiritu’s Pink fodder “Hubo“. You’d think he was competing for an Olympic-gold for his irritating lacrimation prowess.
8. Gigi Alfonso-Javier’s preachy and amateurish “Flames of Love“. This is how a Manunuri and film professor make movies? Whenever she needs help, Dina Bonnevie’s character would ask everyone to kneel down and pray, yet she flagrantly prods her friend Lani Mercado, a married dermatologist, to sleep outside her marital bliss. This revolting piece runs for a painful 2 1/2 hours and doesn’t show much artistic intuition. Truly one of the year’s worst!
9. Sexual assault/rape is deemed hilarious in Emmanuel dela Cruz’sSlumber Party“.
10. Vacillating accents of a physician played by Alex Cortez in Joyce Bernal’sKimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme“.
11. Paul Singh Cudail’sHawla” – A stark proof of Cudail’s cinematic idiocy is a scene showing a medical report confirming that, indeed, a character was HIV-positive! This paper was amazingly signed by an X-ray technician and a radiologist, instead of a medical technologist and a pathologist!
12. Very unsteady and aimless camera in Armando Lao’sAd Ignorantiam“. Come on, enough of this gag-inducing and lazy film-making shtick!
13. Films that made me want to walk out: a. Raymond Red’sKamera Obskura“. While visually arresting, the novel concept eventually loses steam as the second half wavers into narrative indecision. b. Khavn dela Cruz’sEdsa XXX” is a revolting pastiche of dissonant and noisy musical-cum-comedy-cum-political satire. c. Gym Lumbera’sAnak Araw“‘s overly self indulgent musings of an albino who believes he’s an American’s child. The film is filled with visual borborygmus (flipping through the pages of a dictionary lasting for more than 3 minutes) that will initially draw you in, but ultimately repel you from excessive aimlessness. The film is in dire need of a narrative structure. An experiment that does not work. Yet these three works are some of the year’s most critically praised pictures. Go figure!
14. Angelica Panganiban’s mostly inebriated character in Dante Nico Garcia’sMadaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi“.
15. The choice of employing the Queen’s English as medium of expression in Leonardo Belen’sPinoy Super Kid” is befuddling! In fact, the first few minutes felt like a joke. Take one look at Buboy Villar and his physical attributes: brown skin, flat nose with upturned nostrils, eye slits typically Asian – then he opens his mouth and out comes English, in its most horrifically pugnacious form! This eventually turns into a laughfest with teachers, drivers, sari sari store tinderas “trying” their spine tingling twangs. What’s wrong with Tagalog?


Some of the most compelling stories are told in the most concise manner. You don’t need 2 or 5 hours to tell a clamorous tale. These are a few of the short films that we thoroughly enjoyed in 2012. “Manenaya” has some of the most sublime scenography. “Salvi’s” brilliant use of set transcends local post-apocalyptic scenario – in Ilonggo! What is the price of a stolen necklace? Hannah Espia’s “Ruweda” provides a disturbing answer as she drives us around a congested perya (a local town carnival). Pagotan’s “Manibela” is buoyed by striking leads (Jennica Garcia, Bernard Laxa, Paloma and the sinister Joey Cando). Acey Aguilar makes a delectably sympathetic, albeit dreamy protagonist as his character Boyong looks for work so he could buy his sick child food and Paracetamol – in Arcega and Palcon’s “Lugaw“. Move over, Piolo Pascual! :) But the best realized story is Matutina’s relentless “Imik” with Mercedes Cabral and the intimidatory/predatory Paolo Rodriguez. “Imik”, in fact, feels like a feature film more than a mere short feature.

1. Richard Legaspi’s “Manenaya” (Waiting)
2. Hannah Espia’s “Ruweda”
3. Roberto Pagotan’s “Manibela
4. Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Imik
5. Nikko Arcega and Minette Palcon’s “Lugaw
6. TM Malones’ “Salvi

Pasinaya 2013 – Film Schedule


03 February 2013 CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde

Cinemalaya 2012 Shorts Programme A (50 mins total)
RUWEDA by Hannah Espia
BALINTUNA by Eman Escalona
PASAHERO by Max Celada
BOHE by Nadjoua Bansil

Cinemalaya 2012 Shorts Programme B (46 mins total)
AS HE SLEEPS by Sheron Dayoc
VICTOR by Jarell Serencio
MANENAYA by Richard Legaspi

Cinemalaya 2012 Shorts Programme C (46 mins total)
ULIAN by Chuck Gutierrez

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Experimental Category (35 mins total)
PIKIT SA ALAS-TRES (Sleeping Uncertainties at 3) by Mark Sherwin M. Maestro (1st Prize/Experimental)
UN – by Inshallah P. Montero (2nd Prize/Experimental)
PILIPINAS by Alyssa Suico (3rd Prize/Experimental)
DESTINASYON by Catherine Luna Capistrano (Honorable Mention/Experimental)
SA GABI NAHIHIMLAY, NASAAN KA AKING MADALING-ARAW? (On Night’s Sleep, Where are you my Daylight?) by Mark Sherwin Marquez Maestro (Honorable Mention/Experimental)

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Short Feature Category B (53 mins total)
IMIK by Anna Isabelle Matutina (2nd Prize)
MANI by Hubert Tibi (3rd Prize)

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Documentary Category B (59 mins total)
BALITOK (Gold) by Sheryl Rose Andes (Honorable Mention)
PAMUKOT (CAUGHT IN A NET) by Godson Escopete (Honorable Mention)

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Documentary Category A (41 mins total)
HAPI LIBING (Happy Living) by Steve Cardona (2nd Prize)
WALANG HANGGANG BUHAY NI LEONARDO CO by Nannette Matilac (3rd Prize)
THE QUIAPO PERSPECTIVE by Inshallah P. Montero (Honorable Mention)

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Animation Category (45 mins total)
MARIANING by Niko Salazar (1st Prize/Animation)
OLI IMPAN by Omar P. Aguilar (2nd Prize/Animation)
BULADOR DE CASA (Indoor Kite) by Victor Ian M. Covarrubias (3rd Prize/Animation)
KALEH AT MBAKI by Dennis E. Sebastian (4th Prize/Animation) BROWNOUT ANIMATION by Christine Joyce Silva (Honorable Mention/Animation) TULAK-BALA (To Push Away Calamity) by Mary Grace S. Antonio (Honorable Mention/Animation) THE WILLOW by Phoebe Semfuego (Honorable Mention/Animation)

24th CCP Gawad Alternatibo Winners -Short Feature Category A (57 mins total)
SARANGHAE MY TUTOR by Victor Villanueva (1st Prize)
AU REVOIR PHILIP by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo (3rd Prize)

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.

Back to back screening at the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2012

IMIK by Anna Isabelle Matutina and TUKSO by Raz dela Torre will have its Philippine premiere at the Cinemalaya film festival on July 28, 2012, 9:00 pm, CCP Dream Theater.

IMIK synopsis

Imik is the story of Claire – wife to a loving husband, mother to two lovely kids, and she has never had an orgasm. Embarrassment, guilt, and a fear of her own desires have made her sexual relationship with her husband a constant struggle. These days, Claire’s only relief is being back in the workforce after having been a housewife for years.

Until one day, Claire suddenly finds herself pregnant again.

Coupled with her unfulfilled desires as a woman, Claire’s fear of going back to the life she had before leads her to desperately find a moment of freedom from the role she cannot escape.

Cast: Mercedes Cabral, Paolo Rodriguez, Monique Obligacion, Zernan Mataya, Rose Galvez, Cris Sto. Domingo, Luigi Alvaro Matutina, Joaquin Mistral Haravata

Watch the trailer

TUKSO synopsis

All her life, Mayette believed that sex should only happen within marriage. However, try as she might, she never succeeded in pushing it out of her mind. Especially when she looks around, everyone seems to be doing ‘it’ – her friends, her colleagues, even her juvenile students. Everyone… except her.

When a recent spate of teenage pregnancies alarms the principal of the public high school where Mayette teaches Biology, she is tasked to incorporate sex education into her lesson. The problem is, at 32, Mayette is still a virgin.

How on earth can she teach her students about sex when she herself has never been with a man?

Cast: Ethel Pantino, Joem Bascon, Maricar de Mesa, John Manalo, Debraliz, Allan Paule, rose Nadalusan, Amante Pulido, Mary Anne dela Torre

Watch behind-the-scenes clips

Asie Expo launches VOD website

Since November 2011, Asie Expo has launched a video on demand (VOD) website specializing on indie asian cinema. Each month, four to ten new films may be viewed via http://tv.asiexpo.com/. One to two short films may also be viewed for free.
For the month of February, the short film “Puwang” may be viewed along with other great independent Filipino films. Click to view the list of films