Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cinemalaya XI short film feature winners bared; Cinemalaya 2016 Finalists announced

Photo courtesy of Erickson dela Cruz

Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Pusong Bato was judged as Best Film at the awarding ceremony of Cinemalaya Film Festival 2015 held at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City. Petersen Vargas won Best Direction for his film, Lisyun Qng Geografia (Geography Lessons).

On its 11th year, this is the first time that Cinemalaya Film Festival had only 10 short feature films in competition, without the 10 full-length films for New Breed category and 5 full-length films for Directors Showcase category.

(L-R): Chris Millado (Cinemalaya Festival Director and CCP Vice President), Mel Chionglo (Competition Chairman), Laurice Guillen (President, Cinemalaya Foundation), Darwin Novicio (Best Screenplay for Papetir), Petersen Vargas (Best Director for Lisyun Qng Geografia), Martika Escobar (Best Film for Pusong Bato / Stone Heart), Kenneth Dagatan (Audience Choice Award for Sanctissima), Anj Macalanda (Special Jury Prize and recipient of NETPAC- Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema for Wawa), Mr. Antonio Cojuangco (Chairman, Cinemalaya Foundation), and Ms Teresa "Tess" Rances (Cinemalaya Deputy Festival Director). 

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: Pusong Bato by Martika Ramirez Escobar

Best Direction: Lisyun Qng Geografia (Geography Lessons) by Petersen Vargas

Audience Choice: Sanctissima by Kenneth Dagatan

Best Screenplay: Papetir by Darwin Novicio

NETPAC Award: Wawa by Anj Macalanda

Special Jury Prize: Wawa by Anj Macalanda

Note: The other photos that appear here were lifted 
from the Cinemalaya Facebook Page unless otherwise indicated.

(L-R): Victor Villanueva and Inna Salazar, Janice O'Hara and Denise O'Hara, Atom Magadia, Ralston Jover, Ivan Andrew Payawal, David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Vic Acedillo Jr., Jason Paul Laxamana, Eduardo Roy Jr., and Derick Cabrido

Cinemalaya 2016: 10 Full-Length Feature Films

The 10 full-length film finalists for the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2016 were announced. There will be no more separate New Breed and Director's Showcase categories. It will be an equal battle for the new and old filmmakers alike. Here are the 10 finalists we should look forward to next year:

  • Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching by Inna Salazar (screenwriter) and Victor Villanueva (director)
  • Ang Mga Bisita ni Mamang by Janice O’Hara (director) and Denise O’Hara (screenwriter)
  • Dagsin by Atom Magadia (director)
  • Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover (director)
  • I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal (screenwriter-director)
  • Kusina by David Corpuz (director) and Cenon Palomares (screenwriter-director)
  • Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr. (screenwriter-director)
  • Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana (screenwriter-director)
  • Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. (screenwriter-director)
  • Tuos by Derick Cabrido (director)

Congratulations to everyone!!!

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