The much-awaited CineFilipino Film Festival’s second run aims to tap up-and-coming and established filmmakers to explore topics that delve into the Filipino identity and culture, and define human experiences through a Filipino perspective. The result are thought-provoking, quality films.
During the launch last August 2015, Madonna Tarrayo, Festival Director and President of Unitel, explained how CineFilipino was conceived for filmmakers to help express their creativity and touch audiences through their content. “We are excited for this year’s turnout. We have made CineFilipino bigger by expanding the categories, increasing the grants, giving good prizes to our top winners and inviting reputable Filipino and foreign judges to select the finalists and winners. Film enthusiasts and the filmmakers can definitely expect more this year,” said Tarrayo.
The organizers report a total of 442 entries. The Feature-Length category attracted 151 submissions. For the new categories, 51 Documentaries came in while 34 were listed under TV Series.
For the Feature-Length, only nine entries made it for the festival. They are 1st Sem by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez; A Lotto Like Love by Carla Baful (Carla Marie Baful); Ang Taba Ko Kasi by Jason Paul Laxamana; Ang Tulay Ng San Sebastian by Alvin Yapan; Buhay Habangbuhay by Paolo Alessandro Herras; Ned’s Project by Lemuel Lorca; Sakaling Hindi Makarating by Ice Idanan (Aiza Jane Idanan); Straight To The Heart by Dave Fabros (Frank David Fabros); and Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone by Randolph Longjas.
The theme for the festival is “Kwento pa rin ang Hari’. CineFilipino Film Festival attendees can choose from nine Feature-Length films, five Documentaries, five TV Series, and 17 films under the Shorts category – 11 Short features, 5 Online Content, and 1 Mobile Content.
The festival will begin with the screening of sociopolitical drama/thriller “Whistleblower”, starring Nora Aunor and directed by Adolf Alix, Jr. on March 15, 6 PM at Newport Cinema 4, Resorts World Manila. The film festival will run from March 16 to 22 in select cinemas in the metro as follows: Gateway Cineplex, Festival Cinemas, Eatswood Cinemas, Robinsons Galleria Movieworld, Robinsons Manila Movieworld, Robinsons Metro East Movieworld, Newport Cinemas in Resorts World Manila, EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex, and Greenhills Theater Mall Cinema.
Jury deliberations will take place on March 16, 17, and 18; winners will be recognised in CineFilipino’s Awards Night on March 19 at Teatrino Greenhills, which will be attended by the finalists, executives, and the film festival’s sponsors and partners.
CineFilipino Film Festival partners are Mediaquest, TV5, Cignal, Unitel, Optima Digital, Metro Pacific Tollways, PLDT Smart Foundation, and Meralco. For further information, visit the official website, www.cinefilipino.com.
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