The 1st CineFilipino: From Joma to Kitchie | Inquirer Entertainment
Close  

The 1st CineFilipino: From Joma to Kitchie

/ 06:42 PM January 12, 2013

BATCH 2013: (standing, from left) Miguel Alcazaren, Ato Bautista, Mes de Guzman, Randolph Longjas and Ron Bryant; (seated, from left) Kiri and Sari Dalena, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo and Janice Y. Perez. COURTESY OF TV5 CORPORATE PR

Organizers are delighted that the eight entries in the first CineFilipino Film Festival are “diverse, novel” and offer fresh points of view.

Mounted by the PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 (film arm of TV5) and Unitel Entertainment, CineFilipino hopes to make a difference in the current movie scene, that has been enriched by such indie events as Cinemalaya, Cinemanila, Cinema One, the New Wave section of the Metro Manila Film Festival, Sineng Pambansa, and recently the Quezon City Film Festival.

ADVERTISEMENT

Each of the eight projects in the CineFilipino lineup will receive P1.5 million. Festival director Vincent Nebrida said they were chosen from 145 entries.

The finalists are: Miguel Alcazaren’s art-world thriller “Puti (Achromatopsia)”; Ato Bautista’s May-December romance “Mga Alaala ng Tag-Ulan”; Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s gay coming-of-age drama “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”; Ron Bryant’s sexy comedy “Bingoleras”; Sari and Kiri Dalena’s historical documentary “The Guerrilla is a Poet”; Mes de Guzman’s rural drama “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”; Randolph Longjas’ cross-cultural comedy “Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin”; and Janice Y. Perez rock music-themed youth drama “The Muses.”

FEATURED STORIES

Nebrida pointed out that the screening committee had inadvertently come up with a list that was equally divided among four newcomers and four experienced filmmakers.

The first-time feature filmmakers are Perez, Bernardo, Longjas and Alcazaren.

Bernardo and Perez have made short films in the past, but are making their feature-film debut with CineFilipino. Alcazaren is a veteran in advertising, while Longjas has directed school plays and works as production staffer in commercials.

The four seasoned filmmakers—Bautista, De Guzman, Bryant and the Dalena sisters—have previously made films under Cinemalaya, Cinema One and Cinemanila.

Nebrida noted that four of the directors are women: Bernardo, Perez and the Dalenas.

Interestingly, a documentary, “The Guerrilla is a Poet,” which tackles a chapter in the life of controversial political figure Jose Ma. Sison, has made the final list.

“The Muses” will feature the music of rock singer Kitchie Nadal, who is the film’s lead star as well.

ADVERTISEMENT

A separate short film section will showcase 10 finalists. The finalists will be announced on March 29.

The festival is scheduled from June 26 to July 2 at the Ali Mall, Gateway, Eastwood and Newport cinemas.

The hottest entertainment news straight to your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: CineFilipino Film Festival, cinema, Entertainment, Film, Filmfests, movie
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.