The first ever CineFilipino Indie Film Festival will be held on September 18 to 24, right after a similar one-week run of the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ All Masters festival on Sept. 11 to 17.
CineFilipino—which will showcase eight full-length films and 10 short films—is a project of the PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 (film arm of TV5) and Unitel Entertainment.
The CineFilipino entries will be shown at the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Gateway Cineplex. The Festival entries will later be shown at the Shangri-la Plaza cinemas on September 21 and 22.
The eight feature-length filmmakers were given a grant of P1.5 million each to produce their films.
The official entries of the 1st CineFilipino Film Festival—which are competing for awards, including Audience Choice and Best Acting Ensemble—are:
Director: Miguel “Mike” Alcazaren
Stars: Ian Veneracion, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Lauren Young
Puti follows the story of a counterfeit painter who figures in a freak car accident that rendered him color blind. While recuperating, he starts seeing strange images. The film has the tagline “The truth is color blind.” Jasmine Curtis Smith, one of the lead stars of Puti, describes this movie as “an edgy and dark drama.”
Mga Alaala sa Tagulan
Director: Renato “Ato” Bautista
Stars: Akihiro Blanco, Mocha Uson, Mon Confiado and Issa Litton
Mga Alaala Ng Tag-Ulan is a coming-of-age love story of a young man‘s first encounter with love, romance and heartbreak, told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories that began on one rainy night.
The Guerilla Is A Poet
Co-directors: Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena
Stars: Karl Medina, Angeli Bayani, Jao Mapa, Raymond Bagatsing, Anthony Falcon, Chanel Latorre, and Willie Nepomuceno
This biopic weaves an intricate tale of Joma Sison’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet. Joma Sison is the writer and activist who reorganized the Communist Party of the Philippines. He is now living in self-exile in the Netherlands. Karl Medina, the brother of Alex and Ping Pineda and son of veteran actor Pen Medina, is cast as Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.
Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita
Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Stars: Angel Aquino, Teri Malvar, Marcus Madrigal, Star Orjaliza, Gigi Columna, Sarah Pagcaliwagan, Lui Manansala
Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita tells the story of a 12-year old Anita who falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan. Playing Anita is Jay Bordon, while seasoned character actress Angel Aquino takes the role of Pilar, the woman Anita pines for.
Director: Janice Perez
Stars: Kitchie Nadal, Janelle Jamer
The Muses is a story of sibling rivalry in the music business where two sisters find the hidden truths about fame, family and their own selves. Kitchie Nadal and Janelle Jamer are cast as musician-sisters who have to deal with the pressure of taking part in a reality talent show set in Cebu.
Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti
Director: Mes de Guzman
Stars: Nora Aunor, Sue Prado, Mara Lopez, Arnold Reyes, and the late Ama Quiambao
Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti tells the story of a healer named Mabuti, played by Nora Aunor, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively. Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money.
Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin
Director: Randolph Longjas
Stars: Tuesday Vargas, Julia Clarete, Cai Cortez, JM de Guzman, Travis Kraft
Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin is a cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino-American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side.Tuesday Vargas is cast as Cookie, a woman who meets her boyfriend through an Internet dating site. Travis Kraft plays Matthew, Cookie’s American boyfriend who moves to the Philippines and has to deal with the cultural differences between them.
Director: Byron “Ron” Bryant
Stars: Eula Valdes, Max Eigenmann, Charee Pineda, Mercedes Cabral, Hazel Orencio, Liza Diño
Bingoleras is a comedy about six single women, whose lives intersect when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the barangay fiesta, turning expectations and relationships upside down and inside out. The comedy of errors boasts of an impressive cast led by Eula Valdez, Max Eigenmann, Charee Pineda, Mercedes Cabral, Hazel Orencio, and Lisa Dino.
According to CineFilipino’s Facebook page, the official finalists in the CineFilipino Film Festival Short Film Category are: Alkansiya by Joan Robie Cajes, Kathang Isip/Fiction by Jo Paulo Madarang, Last Call by Khalil Joseph Bañares, Ligaw/ Stray Love by Pamela Ll. Reyes, Logaritmo by Kimberly Ocariza, Mabuhay Ang Pilipino by Bor Ocampo, Onang by JE Tiglao, Princess Urduja by Tiffanie Ang, World Ipis by Kristine Joyce Barrameda and Joana Carla Ubaldo and Sangandaan by Jose Ibarra E. Guballa and Bienvenido Ferrer III.
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