‘Magdalena’ to compete in 9th Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Philippine documentary ‘Magdalena’ will have its Asian premiere at the 9th Taiwan International Documentary Festival under the Asian Vision category. With 432 submissions from all over Asia, fifteen films were selected to compete in this category. Read More

PH docu competes in Taiwan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

6 PH films in French Fest
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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. Read More

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

GMA’s ’24 Oras,’ ‘I-Witness,’ nominees in this year’s Emmy
by Crispina Martinez – Belen
September 11, 2013, Manila Bulletin

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. Read More

IMIK on Local French TV
In partnership with International Festival Signes de Nuit, “Imik” (Vow of Silence) will be screening on… Read More

New Filipino Cinema 2013: Filipina Shorts
Jun 9, 2013 1:00pm
Screening Room $10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, or teacher
We showcase four emerging women directors in this diverse program of shorts. Read More

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.” Read More

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
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. Read More

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.” Read More

10 docus to be screened in UP
February 17, 2013 | 11:21 pm
Ten new documentaries will be screened today, from 1 to 9:30 p.m., at the Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Collectively dubbed “Real Life, Real Stories, New Generation,” the docus were made as part of a French-German-Filipino documentary workshop spearheaded by the Goethe Institut, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Embassy of France, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, UP Film Institute, Ateliers Varan and the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (IFC). Read More

11 creative documentaries from new and experienced filmmakers will be screening in UPFI Cine Adarna on Feb 18 1-9:30PM. Watch and support our expanding documentary scene! Click here for program schedule

Pasinaya 2013
With more than 300 shows in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature to choose from, 3000 artists participating and more than 50,000 viewers – the Pasinaya is considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country. 2013 Focus on Filipino Chinese “chinoy” arts and culture. On February 3, 8AM-7PM at the CCP. Call 832-1125 to 1139 for details. Click here for the Pasinaya 2013 Film Schedule

The Best, The Breakthroughs & The Irritants of 2012
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. Read More

Winners named in CCP film, video tilt
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. Read More

Philippine documentary on education wins 2012 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award
Seoul, 16 October 2012 – “I-Witness: Piggy Bank”, a groundbreaking documentary by producer Kara David of GMA Network of the Philippines, a national TV station, has won the 2012 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting. Read More

I-Witness’ ‘Alkansya’ wins 9th Lasallian Scholarum Awards
August 31, 2012 10:29pm
Kara David’s I-Witness documentary “Alkansya” was awarded as Outstanding Televised Feature Story on Youth and Education in the 9th Lasallian Scholarum Awards held last August 29 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Read More

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. Read More

Experts discuss docu filmmaking in workshop
By Rica Arevalo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 27, 2012 | 8:56 pm
Last April 16-21, the Goethe Institut, in cooperation with the French embassy, flew in documentary experts, Frenchman Yves de Peretti and German Bettina Braun, to conduct an intensive workshop on documentary filmmaking. Read More

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  Read More

8th Golden Screen TV Awards (ENPRESS) – List of 2011 Winners
The Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (ENPRESS, Inc.) revealed this year’s winners from 50 categories and special awardees from 277 finalists which were carefully selected, deliberated and voted upon by the Golden Screen Awards TV jurors for more than three months of review sessions. Read More

How to earn an X-rating, and other lessons from AmBisyon 2010
By Kristine Servando,
04/10/2010 11:04 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Curious audiences who flocked to the Cultural Center of the Philippines last Tuesday were curious to know: What about Jeffrey Jeturian and Brillante Mendoza’s Ambisyon 2010 films earned an X-rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)?As they found out after the cinema premiere and gala on April 6, it was irony and a newspaper dripping with feces that did it. Read More

20 short films aim to show real issues in May polls
By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:30:00 04/08/2010
“WE WILL CHALLENGE THE ‘X’ rating and take it to the highest court,” said ABS-CBN executive Maria Ressa of the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) decision to ban two short films included in “AmBisyon 2010.” Read More

20 filmmakers. 10 issues. 20 short films.
It is a nation that lives by its stories: housewives living through the eight pm soap opera, teenagers who toss meager allowances on movie tickets, the audience that shakes its head over the daily news. AmBisyon is about the dreams of a nation, the vision of a future in the context of a country locked in poverty. It is about hope, possibility, truth—through the lenses of those who tell its stories. Read More

6 new winners given ANC film grants | 01/13/2010 6:17 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Local filmmakers will be given a chance to show the world their vision for the country this 2010 elections through ANC’s “Ambisyon 2010” film project. Read More

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. Read More

Wowowee tragedy on Case Unclosed
Airing on February 5, 2009
Thursday night after Saksi
Seventy-one people died and many others were hurt when a stampede occured on February 4, 2006 on the first anniversary celebration of the noontime show, Wowowee. Read more

Space Philippines, A Living Conversation
In the interview, spearhead Anna Isabelle Matutina has said of the group that “of course, our appoaches to film vary. Some of us have tried co-writing, but most of us would rather work alone (in the actual writing) because writing films can sometimes end friendships. Haha. Our group is made up of writer-directors, editor-directors, cinematographer-director, production designer-director. So you can just imagine how different our screenplays look like.” Read more

KATORSE SHORTS now available online
KATORSE SHORTS can now be viewed online. Perfect for fellow Filipinos abroad craving for some Pinoy indies. Read more

“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. Read more

Tagaytay 5 Visitors Refused Entry, Harassed; Reading, Viewing Materials Confiscated
Vol. VIII, No. 24, July 20-26, 2008
One would never have thought the literary/lifestyle magazine Rogue, which published its first issue sometime last year, would find its way into any police or military list of “propaganda” (read: subversive) materials, but that was just what happened to a copy of it that was brought over by artists visiting the Tagaytay 5 last July 12. Not only that: those who brought it along with other reading and viewing materials for the detainees were harassed by police at the PNP’s Camp Vicente Lim, where the Tagaytay 5 are detained. Read more

Katorse Shorts special screening at the CCP Little Theater
1 July 2008 | 7:41 AM
Due to insistent public demand, the Katorse Writers Group, a collective of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, will be having another special screening of their short films at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Little Theater on July 17, 6:15 P.M. after a successful run last month at Robinsons Galleria. Read more

Finally, A Dedicated Program of Shorts on the Big Screen
By: Rianne Hill Soriano | YEHEY! Contributors
1 July 2008 | 9:12 AM
A selection of 7 short films by the Katorse Writers Group (batch 14 workshoppers of Ricky Lee’s f scriptwriting workshops) graces Robinson’s Galleria’s Indie Sine with “Katorse Shorts,” a selection of 7 short films in a dedicated program normally given to full-length films only. Read more

Review by Vingel Yago, June 19, 2008
KATORSE SHORTS is a project of The Katorse Writers’ Group, a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop (hence ‘Katorse’). I saw their ad on Philippine Star last Sunday and decided to go watch the series even if Robinson’s Galleria was so way out of my usual route. Read more

‘Katorse Shorts’: The long and short of it
Features, 6/25/2008 12:10 AM
Watching “Katorse Shorts”, an omnibus of short films produced by the Katorse Writers’ Group, “a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop”—as they describe themselves—one realizes how many films would have been better had they been shorter. Read more

Katorse Shorts Review
Category: Movies
Genre: Independent
I was really excited about watching Indie Sine, while most of other film buffs were rushing to Shangrila cinemas to catch the free viewing of the French film festival i on the other hand, couldn’t wait to feel inspired and to get new ideas from some of the best of our local independent film makers today. Read more

Seven short films
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:16:00 06/15/2008
MANILA, Philippines – Ongoing until June 17 at the Robinsons Galleria IndieSine are the screening of the following short films under the “Katorse Shorts” program: Read more

Jaymee stars in new short film ‘Walong Linggo’
Journal Online
Games Uplate Live host Jaymee Joaquin pairs up with Joey Santos in Anna Isabelle Matutina’s latest short film, “Walong Linggo (Eight Sundays).” Read more

The Philippines’ Unfree Zones
By Philippe Revelli
Le Monde Diplomatique, June, 06 2008
The government, armed forces and vested interests in the Philippines have used the excuse of counter-terrorism to murder, kidnap and pressure trade unionists and farmers’ organisations. They want a nation of docile labour and emptied land that can be sold on the world markets. Read more

REEL Lady on the Spot
JNL Media talks to Phillipine Activist and Filmmaker, Isabelle Matutina.
JNL: How did you get involved in film?
IM: I’ve always been heavily involved in the arts since I was a kid especially in theater. I graduated in college with a degree in Broadcast Communicatons not because I was interested in TV work but because it was the closest to the kind of work I wanted to do. Read more

Squatterpunk Review (Variety)
Mexico City Film Festival
Iskwaterpangk (Documentary — Philippines)
Rambunctious and relentless, Khavn’s aptly titled “Squatterpunk” applies pure adrenaline rush to a day in the life of a Manila shanty town. A bit less harried than many of this wildly active filmmaker-musician’s other features and shorts, docu marries a constantly roving camera (often mounted with ultra-wide-angle lens) with a nonstop punk-rock soundtrack that fuels the action with bursts of aural energy. Read more

Honor Roll
By Transit Contributor
Text by Joselito Acosta
Research by Laura Nerissa Parungao
Just as eulogies for the death of Philippine Cinema are being recited, a thriving subculture called “indie” emerged in 2005. By 2007, the term has become a popular byword. Indeed, the year had seen a lot of bustling energy in the Philippine independent film scene as it garnered a long list of awards. Read more

‘Gov’t tool,’ censors body accused over films X rating
By Christian V. Esguerra, Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:43:00 12/19/2007
MANILA, Philippines — The government’s censors board has provoked two militant lawmakers by giving an X rating to three films purportedly casting the Arroyo administration in a negative light. Read more

Off-Center Perspective at Kontra-Agos Film Fest
By Noelani Torre
Cebu Daily News
Last updated 11:31pm (Mla time) 12/14/2007
MANILA, Philippines—With the mainstream Metro Manila Film Festival coming up later this month—an event that, you have to admit, not everyone’s excited about—last week’s Kontra-Agos film festival presented a more off-center perspective about different issues. Read more

Indie Filmmakers Counter the Flow in Festival
Contributed to Bulatlat
Vol. VII, No. 44, December 9-15, 2007
Notwithstanding “X” ratings, organizers of the Kontra-Agos Resistance Film Festival struggled and won the fight for bringing films that dare to make a difference in this country full of indifference. Read more

Repression Breeds Resistance
A Statement on the Censorship of Kontra-Agos Films “A Day In the Life of Gloria” and “Mendiola”
What defines democracy isn’t simply freedom of expression; it is, in liberal terms, freedom of criticism. The people not only have the right to expose or bring into public discourse the wrongdoings of the government. It is also their democratic right to condemn it and call for or take actions against it. Read more

KONTRA-AGOS: A Resistance Film Festival
Robinson’s Galleria, IndieSine
Quezon City, The Philppines
December 5-11, 2007
The first question that arises when you call for support to a resistance movement is, of course, “what are you resisting against and why?” In the case of liberation movements, the simple and logical answer would be the need for emancipation from oppression, whether it is economic, political or cultural. The same case can be said of cinema. Read more

PASSION FOR REASON: Human rights film was initially rated X?
By Raul Pangalangan
Last updated 01:21am (Mla time) 10/05/2007
MANILA, Philippines — Joseph Estrada’s biographical documentary “Ang Mabuhay para sa Masa” was rated X last year because the part about Edsa People Power II tended to “incit[e] political rebellion,” but the nation was not indignant. The censors took umbrage at the closing line: “Nalalapit na ang bagong umaga dahil sa lakas ng puwersa ng masa at muli nang babangon.” [“A new day is dawning because of the power of the masses and they will rise again.”] Read more

Short film ‘Rights’ marked X by the MTCRB
Last updated 03:41pm (Mla time) 09/26/2007
RIGHTS is a collection of 30 second- to 2-minute advertisements showing and condemning extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other forms of human rights violations now widespread again in the Philippines. Read more

Rated X: MTRCB bans HR films
The Philippine Star, September 22, 2007
Filmmakers are up in arms against the latest decision of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), stopping the commercial showing of independently produced short films on human rights in the country and rating them “X.” Read more

Producers to appeal MTRCB ‘X’ rating of human rights film
Entertainment, 9/21/2007 6:58 PM
ABS-CBN News Online
The producers and filmmakers behind “Rights” a collection of short films depicting their views on the Philippines’ human rights situation called the “X” rating given to their film “deplorable” and “an act suppressing freedom of expression.” They plan to file a motion for reconsideration. Read more

Filmmakers slam review board’s X-rating for ‘Rights’ film
Media group joins condemnation of ‘censorship’

By Jeannette Andrade
Last updated 07:52pm (Mla time) 09/21/2007
MANILA, Philippines — Two men struggle through tall grass, running away. The unseen man with the camera, trailing the other in red, prods: “Takbo, Juan. Takbo [Run, Juan. Run]!” Read more

Isang Minutong Katotohanan
Ilang-Ilang D. Quijano
Pinoy Weekly, Taon 6 Blg 29
Agosto 2, 2007
Mahigit– kumulang isang minuto. Ito lamang ang kailangang oras para paalalahanan kang mahalaga ang mga karapatang pantao – at ang pagkilos kapag sistematikong nilalabag ang mga ito sa panahon ng sinasabing di-deklaradong martial law. Read more

Dark, intriguing short films
Malaya, Entertainment section
October 26, 2006
FEATURED in the TV program “Shorts” tonight at 10 on ABC are two short film both directed by young filmmaker Anna Isabelle “Sunshine” Matutina who has exhibited and won accolades both here and in film festivals abroad. Read more

Puwang Write-up

“Puwang” offers an poignant and starkly real look into a family on the verge of falling apart in the face of impending death.

Talented indie actors give life to film’s uncommon yet familiar characters. Roence Santos plays Arlene, the eldest daughter who has been working too hard in caring for her bedridden father and keeping both her families together. Read more

Groundbreaking independent films compete for Cinemalaya 2006
EIGHTEEN new independent digital films will compete in the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 17 to 23 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Read more

Digital Films top Urian nominees
Inquirer Last updated 00:17am (Mla time) 07/06/2006
Published on Page A2-3 of the July 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
INDEPENDENT digital filmmakers dominated the list of nominees to the 29th Gawad Urian, handed out by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, pioneering society of film critics. Read more

Celebrating woman in film: Kamalayang Kababaihan
6th International Women’s Film Festival. (2006)
Cine Adarna of the UP Film Institute hosted the only women’s film festival of its kind in the Philippines from March 1 to 8, coinciding with the celebration of National Women’s Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8. Read more

Cinemalaya short films to be shown on Mindanao film fest
Sun Star Davao, November 26, 2005
A TOTAL of six short film entries to the recent Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will be exhibited during the upcoming Mindanao Film Festival slated this coming December 4-11 at the Gaisano Mall cinemas. Read more

The Digital Film Revolution
by Sofia Guillermo
WHEN ONE SPEAKS OF A “GOLDEN AGE” OF PHILIPPINE CINEMA, one invariably looks back with nostalgia at the Seventies and Eighties when the likes of Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal made films that mirrored the realities of those troubled times. Read more

Young, wild, and indie
By Gabby Libarios
Manila Standard Today,
July 14, 2005
There’s no one to blame for the condition of the movie industry than the proliferation of soap operas on television.

That’s what three young independent filmmakers—Sunshine Matutina, Pamela Miras, Lawrence Fajardo—said in reply to the issue of the state of the ailing Filipino movie industry. Read more

The independent women of Cinemalaya
The Manila Bulletin
CCP press release
July 5, 2005
“The good thing about indepedent cinema is that it’s not a business. We don’t consider what we can get in return. Para siyang bisyo – napakamahal na bisyo. (It’s like a vice – a very expensive vice).” Read more

TV Editor Makes Dream Come True
Sun Star Manila, July 13 2005
When Anna Isabelle “Sunshine” Matutina, a freelance editor for TV shows and digital films, completed the final cut of “Panaginipan” (The Dreaming) after graduating from the Mowelfund Film Institute last year, she heaved a sigh of relief that she finally has a short film that she can call her own. Read more

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