Dubbed as a “celebration of Philippine cinema and of young and aspiring Filipino filmmakers,” the CineFilipino Film Festival on its fourth edition has officially released the full list of finalists for Feature Length, Shorts and Series categories.
Organized by Cignal TV and Unitel Productions, the festival promises to showcase stories from Filipino filmmakers worth watching and celebrating, helping local talent achieve higher commercial success.
According to competition head Jose Javier Reyes, this year’s festival theme, “Buhay ang Kuwento,” means two things.
“The Story is Life”— life itself is a collection of stories which gives emphasis on the universality of human experiences as told in film; and “The Story is Alive”— writers, directors, cinematographers, actors and producers keep these stories alive by producing films and creating shared cinematic experiences in the big screen for everyone to enjoy.
For the Feature Length Film category, eight finalists were selected from over 100 entries and have each merited a P2 million grant, allowing them the amazing opportunity to produce their films and bring their cinematic visions to life.
1. Jopy Arnaldo, 27 EXP – A story about a boy who uses a disposable camera to move on from a love lost
2. Charlson Ong and Angelo R. Lacuesta, Cargo – A Tausug fast-boat pilot finds himself involved in a murder, and must choose between escape and surrender
3. Sue Aspiras, Homecoming – A young diwata gets a dazzling homecoming
4. Christopher Gozum, Ilikdem Mo So Matam – A Filipina filmmaker in Seoul, South Korea gets entangled in a forbidden relationship between two other OFWs in the city
5. Steven Paul Evangelio, Maya-maya Paparito Na – A family’s Christmas reunion is ruined by a devastating storm, leaving them with no way out
6. JP Habac, Olsen’s Day – A production assistant goes on a trip with a strange old man and his son who threatens him but at the same time, gives him the answers he seeks
7. Rob Jara, Ouroboros – A coming-of-age vengeance drama about a young man who waits 20 years to avenge his father’s death at the hands of his own mentor
8. Dolly Dulu, The Boy Foretold by the Stars – A gay high school student, driven by a fortuneteller’s predictions, attempts to prove to a boy that they are destined to be together.
Truly, platforms like these allow our talented and artistic creative film makers to showcase their talents as well as give them a voice to present the Filipino talent locally and globally for it to be recognized and acclaimed.