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Premier indie fest marks eventful first decade

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GUILLEN AND COJUANGCO. Prime movers.

Congratulations to the Cinemalaya indie film festival for marking its full decade of existence this year. In a ningas cogon land characterized by well-meaning movements that don’t have the energy to go the distance and typically sputter out after only a couple of years, Cinemalaya’s longevity is a tribute to the validity and vitality of its reason for being, and to the stick-to-it-iveness of its founders, led by Tonyboy Cojuangco and Laurice Guillen.

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‘Sapi’ in UP

Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Sapi” will have its final screenings at the Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines in Diliman tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Paul Soriano has turned his dream into reality

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Director-Producer Paul Soriano gave a talk on “Producing an Independent Film” to the 2014 Cinemalaya finalists last Feb. 22 at the CCP. We were present the first time filmmaker Hannah Espia met Soriano, who ended up producing “Transit.”

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V is for Valentine–and Vilma Santos

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SANTOS. Exciting prospects and limitless possibilities.

Vilma Santos chooses her battles—and she chooses them well. Last year, her surprising decision to portray an enthusiastic but less-than-brilliant bit player in Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra,” her first indie starrer, has so far earned her three Best Actress awards, the most recent from last month’s Dhaka International Film Festival. —Talk about risk-taking that has paid off bigtime!

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6 Filipinos in Berlin Talents

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This year, six Filipinos will take part in the Berlin Talents: director-screenwriter Antoinette Jadaone, producer/art director Armi Rae Cacanindin, editor Benjamin Tolentino, director Universe Baldoza, director-screenwriter Shireen Seno and director Sheron Dayoc.

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