Monday, 20 February 2017

Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017 Official Finalists Announced

Sinag Maynila Film Festival is ready for its third season!

The local film festival`s new tagline “Sine Lokal-Internasyonal” lives up to its core as the roster of finalist handpicked by Sinag Maynila CEO and founder Wilson Tieng and world-renowned and internationally acclaimed field director Brillante Ma Mendoza have been announced. “ The upgrade mechanics for this season may have been a risky move, but we are very happy with outcome,” says Tieng. “We are looking forward to the reception of these films here and of course, internationally.”

With the tremendous success of Sinag Maynila`s debut in March 2015, more talented filmmakers took their chance in getting a nod to be part of the competing roster as it has been closely associated with the opportunity for international recognition. This year`s categories include Full length, Short Films, and Documentary.

As announced on the media launch of Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017, the following are the Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017 Official Finalists

Full Length Category

1. Kristo by Howard Yambao

Team Kristo: Director Howard Yambao, Angela Cortez & Producer Perry Muñoz

The story delves into what is supposed to be a victorious day for boy whose first born; Jemjem, graduated from elementary with Honors. Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his Honors as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate will be revealed.”KRISTO” stars Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristopher King

2. Beyond the Block by Ricardo Carranza

Spanning fifty years and charting a path across three continents, “ Beyond the block” weaves a thoughtful, personal account of Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines. From the sensational TV program of “Penthouse 7”

In the 70s to the cult classic “ Dance 10” in the 80s to the struggles of the Filipino contingents in Today`s biggest international dance competitions, the film lovingly showcases the special please of dance in very Filipino life .

3. Ladyfish by Jason Orfalas

Team Lady Fish: Brenda Mage, Director Jason Orfalas & Martin Escudeo
Expelled from her nine-year occupation in the call center industry and discriminated upon of her homosexually, Kaye Cienfuegos, struggles to make ends meet. Her search for place and identity is cut short when her best friend Bonn appears on her front door with her adopted Swedish son Bjorn, and together they face obstacle to privide for their basic needs and rights in a society where a fair chance is out reach. “LADYFISH” stars JC Santos, Martin Escudero ,Brenda Mage, Ruby Ruiz.

4. Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan

Team Bhoy Intsik: Director Joel Lamangan, RS Francisco & Ronwaldo Martin

Two small-time felons’ paths crossed, starting a pretty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INSTIK and MARLON, the key personalities in the community of the living dead. “BHOY INSTIK” stars RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Elora Espano, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval.

5. Tu Pug Imatuy by Arbi Barbi

In an indigenous community in Mindanao, the couple Dawin and Ibunay raise their three children amidst the threat of a mining company.
When their youngest child dies from illness and gets buried, the family later encountered soldiers assigned to protect the mining firm from guerrilla rebels. The soldiers instead turned their attention on the couple. Their harvest gets thrown away, and Ibunay gets raped. Both were forced to guide the soldiers in their search of the rebels

Short Film Category

1. I am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet by Matthew Victor Pastor

Silence in the red light distict of Manila. 

2. Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.

It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.

3. Aliens Ata by Glenn Barit

Two brothers deal with sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas- Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that`s why they took to the sky for answer. Could it be aliens?

4. Ang Hindi Ko Masambit by Jj Buñag Manoos

A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past.

5. Tulay Buhay by Arenz Dionela

In the streets of Manila, the homeless stuggle to live. Some fool other; don’t want to be fooled and some imitate some in order to survive.

Documentary Category

1. Hango by Avelino Mark Balmes

Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who works as fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite. 

2. Kupkop by Jaynus Barbee Abris Olaivar

A documentary that revolves around the life of 3 ids with cerebral palsy, who their parents due to their condition. They were able to find love and affection from people who, may not be their kin, show compassion without any form of compensation

3. The Recycled Spirits of Roel Cabato by Noah del Rosario
Meet Roel Cabato: an Ilocano-Ifugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art space called Hanan`chi (Aninito Art Space and Café). His works represents his spiritual connection with Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalist and recycling. 

4. Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle)" by Jean Claire Dy & Manuel Domes 
Pagrara San Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artist in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between traditional and modernity. With the help of two your artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their presents realities.Krudo Boys by Mirielle De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Adao Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago

5. Krudo Boys by Mirielle De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Adao Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago

Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves “Krudo Boys”. They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navotas City using only their worn-out boat and a piece of foam then selling it to the costumer. With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter family.


Ronwaldo Martin stars in Sinag Maynila Entry Bhoy Intsik

Martin Escudero stars in Sinag Maynila Entry Ladyfish

Team Kristo with Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and Director Brillante Mendoza

Team Beyond The Block with Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and Director Brillante Mendoza

Team Ladyfish with Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and Director Brillante Mendoza

Team Bhoy Intsik with Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and Director Brillante Mendoza

Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017 runs from March 9-14 at SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Glorietta & Gateway

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