Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CineFilipino Film Festival 2016 in 8 theaters | March 16-22, 2016

Celebrating movies that best represent the ever-evolving Filipino cinema, the CineFilipino Film Festival, organized and led by Unitel Productions, in partnership with the MVP Group of Companies, offers cineastes with more moving stories and a more diverse mix of genres. 

CineFilipino Film Festival will run from March 16 to 22 in the following cinemas in Metro Manila: Gateway Cineplex, Festival Cinemas, Eastwood Cinemas, Robinsons Galleria Movieworld, Robinsons Manila Movieworld, Robinsons Metro East Movieworld, Newport Cinemas in Resorts World, EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex and Greenhills Theater Mall Cinema.

With the theme “Kwento pa rin ang Hari,” the second installment features more categories including, Feature-Length, Documentaries, TV Series and Shorts under which finalists will showcase works in Short Features, Mobile and Online.

Regular price: P180
Student (with valid ID): P100
Senior Citizen/ Person with Disability: 20% off the regular rate

Opening Film
The festival begins with the screening of sociopolitical drama/thriller Whistleblower, starring Nora Aunor and directed by Adolf Alix Jr., on March 15, 6:00 pm at Newport Cinema 4, Resorts World Manila.

The awards night will be held on March 19 at Teatrino Greenhills.

36 Films in Competition
CineFilipino Film Festival attendees can choose from 9 (nine) Feature-Length films, 5 (five) Documentaries, 5 (five) TV Series and 17 (seventeen) films under the Shorts category – 11 Short Features, 5 Online Content and 1 Mobile Content.

“The essence of the story will always be at the core of CineFilipino, and with this year’s various categories, moviegoers are offered a more enriching experience,” said Madonna Tarrayo, CineFilipino Film Festival Director and Unitel Productions President and Group COO.

In the Feature-Length category alone, moviegoers can surely experience a wide array of emotions and stories. In 1st Sem, first-time film festival directors Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez present an intensified love-hate relationship between a mother and son after the latter decides not to pursue college education in Manila. In Carla Baful’s A Lotto Like Love, moviegoers can expect a different kind of love story as two strangers are brought together in luck and love by a single winning lotto ticket.

Love in spite of weight issues takes center stage in Jason Paul Laxamana’s Ang Taba Ko Kasi while Alvin Yapan’s Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian explores the richness (and reality) of Filipino superstitions. Meanwhile, Paolo HerrasBuhay Habangbuhay takes on life after death and the importance of moving on and celebrating life despite seemingly bleak circumstances.

A lesbian woman’s dream of becoming a mother is the subject in Lemuel Lorca’s Ned’s Project while Dave Fabros’ Straight to the Heart is filled with uniquely Filipino humor and hugot lines as it explores a situation that has surely crossed the minds of many: what happens when a gay hairdresser slips into a coma and wakes up a straight guy?

Ice Idanan’s Sakaling Hindi Makarating takes the beauty of the Philippines and uses it as a dramatic backdrop for a poignant story of heartbreak and moving on. And lastly, moviegoers get the privilege of witnessing a touching story about a child with Down’s Syndrome whose dream is to become an artista in Randolph LongjasVan Damme Stallone.


"1st Sem" by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez 
"A Lotto Like Love" by Carla Baful 
"Ang Taba Ko Kasi" by Jason Paul Laxamana 
"Ang Tulay Ng San Sebastian" by Alvin Yapan 
"Buhay Habangbuhay" by Paolo Herras 
"Ned's Project" by Lemuel Lorca 
"Sakaling Hindi Makarating" by Ice Idanan 
"Straight To The Heart" by Dave Fabros 
"Van Damme Stallone" by Randolph Longjas


"An Orchestra In Search Of A Home" by Ida Anita Del Mundo
"Forever Bridgeless" by Racquel Zaballer-Sanchez
"Mga Kulay Sa Labas Ng Linya" by Daniel Brian Sulicipan
"Sila Dino At Ang Kanilang Sikreto" by Miller Ursolino
"We Will Never Play In Manila Again" by Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez


"Agham, Inc." by Maui Bantigue
"Ang Mga Hugot Ni Ella Feelingera" by Ramon Bayron
"FOUND FOOTAGE" by Pamela Reyes
"Junakis" by Ron Bryant
"Second Chances (originally entitled 'Midlife!')" by Hannah Espia


"Aki" by Milo Tolentino
"Chicboy" by Jasper Ramon Tulabot
"Digpa Ning Alti" by Bor Ocampo
"Katok" by John Rhys Guarina
"Kung Ang Ulan Ay Gawa Sa Tsokolate" by Galileo Sioce Te and Prime Cruz
"Luna" by Rae Red
"Not Applicable" by Carl Chavez
"Oktopus" by JP Habac
"Punla" by Kenneth Mandrilla
"Saanman Ngunit Dito" by Cheska Salangsang
"XXX" by Allison Barretto


"Dayuhan Sa Perlas" by Raynier Brizuela
"Hila Ko Si Noy" by Dexter Paul De Jesus
"How Fast" by Vic Ryan Julius Ong
"Iba't Ibang Klase Ng Pasahero Ng Jeep" by Raymundo Baguilat
"Swerte" by Red Aquino


"Kahon" by Carlos Dala I

 Screening Schedules in 8 Theaters: 
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 Eastwood (Quezon City)

 Festival Mall (Alabang) 

 Gateway Cinemas (Cubao, Quezon City) 

 Greenhills Theater Mall (San Juan, Greenhills) 

  Newport Cinemas (Pasay City) 

 Robinson's Galleria (Ortigas, Pasig City) 

Jury deliberations will take place on March 16, 17 and 18; winners will be recognized in CineFilipino’s Awards Night on March 19 at KIA Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, which will be attended by the finalists, executives and the film festival’s sponsors and partners.

CineFilipino Film Festival partners are Mediaquest, TV5, Cignal, Unitel, Optima Digital, Metro Pacific Tollways, PLDT Smart Foundation and Meralco.

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