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Filipino filmmaker in DocNet Campus

Filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez will represent the Philippines in DocNet Campus, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from April 21 to 27. DocNet Campus aims to help Southeast Asian filmmakers gain “access to a greater market.” Participants will be mentored by international tutors and will have meetings with possible coproduction partners. Gutierrez will present her coming documentary “The Boy With No Shoes,” which is about Philippine football.

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Finalists for Cinemalaya 2014 named

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The Cinemalaya Foundation announced the finalists for the New Breed Full Length Feature category and the Directors Showcase for the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

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‘Tumbang Preso’ wins in Canada

Joey de Guzman’s “Tumbang Preso” won best documentary at the 27th Living Skies Student Film Festival in Regina, Canada. De Guzman is a student of Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

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Two PH films win in Osaka

Two Filipino filmmakers topped the Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded on Sunday. Siege Ledesma’s “Shift” was Grand Prix (best picture) winner; Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita” won Special Mention. Jury head Eugene Domingo said “Shift” won for “simplicity, honesty and integrity in pushing boundaries.” “Cha-Cha” is a product of Cine Filipino 2013; “Shift,” of Cinema One. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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‘Quick Change’ competes in Fribourg

EDUARDO Roy Jr.

After winning the Critics’ Jury Prize at the Vesoul fest, Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Quick Change” will compete in the 28th Fribourg (Switzerland) International Film Festival from March 29 to April 5.

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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte,’ 4-hr Filipino film hailed overseas opens in PH

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ANGELI Bayani in “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan,” described as a tour de force by critics

That Lav Diaz’s four-hour film “Norte, Hangganan ng Ka-saysayan” will finally be screened in local cinemas can only be described as groundbreaking.

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‘Rekorder’ competes in France

MIKHAIL Red’s “Rekorder”

Filipino Mikhail Red’s “Rekorder” is competing in the 31st Annonay International First Film Festival, ongoing in France until Feb. 17. An entry in last year’s Cinemalaya, Red’s first full-length feature film is up against movies from Germany, Canada, Israel, France, among others. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Uge gets Asian Film Awards nod

EUGENE Domingo

EUGENE Domingo is nominated for Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards for Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero.” Uge (Domingo’s nickname) is the only Filipino competing in the awards derby. She won Best Actress at the Tokyo International Film Festival for the same film last year. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Mendoza heads French festival jury

VESOUL jury head Brillante Ma. Mendoza. Photo by JILSON SECKLER TIU

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza heads the main competition jury at this year’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set Feb. 11-18 in France.

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5 PH films in Geneva

NADINE Samonte and Barbara Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Five Filipino films will be shown in the Black Movie International Festival of Independent Films in Geneva, Switzerland, ongoing until Jan. 26.

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They came, they saw…

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Like in all inaugural endeavors, there was this persistent fear: Will people show up? Will they even care?

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2 PH films in Pune

NADINE Samonte and Barbara Miguel in “Nuwebe”

Two Filipino films are in the lineup of the 12th Pune International Film Festival, going on in India until Thursday. Joseph Israel Laban’s “Nuwebe” and Ronaldo M. Bertubin’s “Gayak” are included in the Global Cinema section. “Nuwebe” stars Jake Cuenca, Nadine Samonte and Barbara Miguel, while “Gayak” top-bills Alan Paule, Sef Cadayona and Evelyn Vargas.

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