Thursday, 26 April 2018

CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 Rolls Out Final Entries, More Partnerships

Five years after its debut in the industry, the CineFilipino Film Festival (CFFF) continues to showcase new filmmakers churning out exceptional stories. Organized by Cignal Entertainment and Unitel Productions, Inc.  CFFF is rolling out the finalists for this year’s search for indie greats. The lineup of features reveals a wide spectrum of genres exceptionally created by a dynamic group of young and imaginative filmmakers.

The eight feature length films are:

  1. Delia & Sammy directed by Theresa Cayaba
  2. Excuse Me Po directed by Ronald Espinosa Batallones
  3. Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus directed by Dwein Baltazar
  4. Hitboy directed by Bor Ocampo
  5. Mata Tapang directed by Rod Marmol
  6. Mga Mister ni Rosario directed by Allan Habon
  7. Poon directed by Ronie Supangan
  8. The Eternity Between Seconds directed by Alec Figuracion

Check trailer, poster and synopsis here

Unitel Productions and Straight Shooters President and CEO Madonna Tarrayo, who also stands as CFFF Director, expresses excitement over the film entries’ variety of genre and theme. “We have five new filmmakers and three who have done feature-length films in other festivals. With this line up you can expect a rollercoaster of emotions in every frame,” she adds.

It comes as no surprise that in just a few years, the CFFF has become the center of championing new stories with fresh talents. It has always put an importance on the story above all else.  “Kwento ang hari” is the belief that CFFF has always followed and imbibed in all of its efforts. This has definitely been noticed by Filipinos and also by the international community.

 The past years’ winners have gained national and global visibility in several platforms, some even joining international film festivals. With Cignal Entertainment solidly backing up the efforts of the filmmakers, the festival is fast becoming the hub for the industry’s most creative minds. All of its finalists show a freshness of approach, strong potential for audience engagement, mass friendly without sacrificing quality, and are commercially viable.

Cignal TV executives led by President Jane Basas say that they have full confidence in the potential of these films. The festival will show not only feature length films but also short films and super shorts. 

CineFilipino partners with Film Development Council of the Philippines

Basas also lauds an important alliance forged by CFFF this year.  CFFF now boasts of a newly formed partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines chaired by Liza DiƱo-Seguerra.

Cignal Entertainment and CFFF executives are thrilled by this new partnership. Tarrayo says, “The FDCP has what they call a festival partnership programme which allows CFFF and the FDCP to collaborate in several projects.” Together, they will be hosting workshops and other activities to assist filmmakers find their niche and widen their target audiences.

CineFilipino to be viewed in more partner cinemas

More film goers will also have the chance to see the final entries. CFFF is offering more screening opportunities this year as its partner cinemas expands significantly.  For the first time, CFFF films we be screened in selected cinemas from the North to the South. Festival dates are May 9 to 15. During the festival, CineFilipino feature length films and short films will be shown at Gateway Cinemas, SM Cinemas (under CineLokal), and Ayala Malls.

Filmmaker, academician and writer Direk Joey Reyes who is also CFFF’s Head of Competition is also happy that CFFF recently also became a part of the efforts of “Sandaan Taon ng Pelikulang Pilipino”. Reyes sees a bright new future for new filmmakers with CFFF’s commitment to filmmaking ideals that will continue to capture the fancy of the Filipino viewer.

Indeed the CineFilipino Film Festival with the help of Cignal Entertainment and Unitel Productions, faces a promising future as it continues its mission to achieve great things in film.

CineFilipino 2018 Media Launch Photos

The Cast of CineFilipino 2018 Entry MataTapang: Edgar Allan Guzman, Aaron Villaflor, Ritz Azul, Miguel Almendras and Director Rod Marmol

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: Delia and Sammy Team - Nico Antonio, Anthony Falcon, Filmmaker Therese Anne Cayaba & Jaime Fabregas

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: Gusto Kita With All My Hyphotalamus Team - Anthony Falcon, Nico Antonio, Filmmaker Dwein Baltazar, Soliman Cruz & Gian Carlo Abrahan

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: Mga Mister Ni Rosario Team - Filmmaker Alpha Habon, Kate Alejandrino

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry:Poon Team - Glydel Mercado, Filmmaker Roni Benaid, Shy Carlos, Chanel La Torre, Mon Confiado

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: HitBoy Tean - Mon Confiado, Adrian Cabrido, Filmmaker Bor Ocampo & Soliman Cruz

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: The Eternity Between Seconds Team - Filmmaker Alec Figuracion, Melai Entuna

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: Mata Tapang Team - Miguel Almendras, Ritz Azul, Aaron Villaflor, & Filmmaker Rod Marmol

CineFilipino 2018 Official Entry: Excuse Me Po Team - Chanel LaTorre, Filmmaker Ronald Espinosa Batallones

Short Film Filmmakers

Edgar Allan Guzman - Cast of CineFilipino 2018 Entry MataTapang

Aaron Villaflor - Cast of CineFilipino 2018 Entry MataTapang

Miguel Almendras - Cast of CineFilipino 2018 Entry MataTapang

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