Ten scripts were selected as finalists for this year’s Cinemalaya film festival—from a bumper 194 entries submitted for the fourth year of this annual event.
Finalist filmmakers will now turn their scripts into films with a P500,000 seed fund each from festival sponsor Econolink Investments Inc. The winning entry will get an additional P200,000 grant and the Cinemalaya trophy on July 20.
The festival is scheduled on July 11 to 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.
The 10 finalist screenplays are as follows:
–Antiparang Basag by Edith Asuncion, about a woman’s brief encounter with four octogenarians who escaped from a nursing home for the aged.
–Baby Angelo by Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino, about a fetus found in the dumpster of a run-down apartment complex and how it affected the people who reacted to the gruesome discovery.
–Brutus by Tara Illenberger, about two Mangyan youngsters in Mindoro who smuggled wood from the mountains to the lowland after they were hired by illegal loggers.
–Concerto by Paul Alexander Morales, about a piano concert held in a Davao forest during World War II, based on the true-to-life stories of the director’s family.
–Huling Pasada by Paul Sta. Ana, about Ruby, an abandoned wife and single mother who is also a prolific writer as she writes about Mario, a taxi driver, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
–Jay by Francis Xavier E. Pasion, about a certain Jay producing a docu-mentary about a namesake, a gay teacher named Jay who was brutally killed.
–My Fake American Accent by Onnah Valera, about sleep-deprived, caffeine-addicted call center agents trained to fake American accents.
–100 by Chris Martinez, about a terminally ill woman who had listed 100 things to do before she dies.
–1434456 by Emmanuel dela Cruz, about an Indian migrant named Ranjeet Singh, better known as Jimmy Paybsiks.
–Ranchero by Michael Christian Cardoz, about convicts who are tasked to prepare the meals of their co-prisoners.
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