New indie film festival, CineFilipino, pushing through this September


UPDATED, Sept. 4, 2013–CineFilipino Film Festival, a project of the PLDT Smart Foundation in association with MediaQuest, Studio 5 and Unitel Productions, is proud to announce the roster of full-length and short films to be showcased on September 18-24, 2013 at the New Port Cinemas (Resorts World Manila), Gateway Cineplex (Quezon City), and Lucky Chinatown Mall (Binondo). There will also be an additional screening on September 21-22, 2013 at the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex.

In a press launch last year, CineFilipino festival director Vincent Nebrida announced the festival’s mission “to seek out, support, and develop new cinematic works of artistic merit by up-and-coming and established filmmakers that helped define the human experience through a Filipino perspective”.1

The new indie film festival opened its doors to interested filmmakers last August 2012 and attracted almost 150 entries from across the country. With this overwhelming number of entries, the announcement of finalists was moved from November 2012 to January 2013.2 The screening was twice postponed (March & June) but is finally pushing through on September.


PUTI by Miguel ‘Mike’ Alcazaren
Starring: Ian Veneracion, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Lauren Young, Leo Rialp, introducing Bryan Pagala

Mike Alcazaren is a freelance television commercial director. He has won several Ad Congress awards and a First Prize in the 2007 Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. His film Puti follows the story of a counterfeit painter who figures in a freak car accident that rendered him color blind. While recuperating, he starts seeing strange images.


Starring: Akihiro Blanco, Mocha Uson, Mon Confiado, Issa Litton, Lance Raymundo, Ria Garcia, Pio Balbuena

Ato Bautista is no rookie in the indie circuit, having won acclaim and recognition for his films such as Blackout (2007) and Carnivore (2008). For CineFilipino, Bautista presents Mga Alaala ng Tagulan, , a coming-of-age love story about a young man’s first encounter with love, romance, and heartbreak, told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories that began on one rainy night.

THE GUERILLA IS A POET by Sari Raissa Dalena and Kiri Dalena
Starring: Karl Medina, Angeli Bayani, Anthony Falcon, Bong Cabrera, RK Bagatsing, Chanel Latorre, Lehner Mendoza, Lui Quiambao-Manansala, Marcus Madrigal, Jes Evardone, Willie Nepomuceno, Jao Mapa, Raymond Bagatsing

With Guerilla Is A Poet, the sibling duo of Sari and Kiri Dalena weaves an intricate tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet.

ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Starring: Jay Bordon, Teri Malvar, Angel Aquino, Marcus Madrigal, Joel Ian Pagcaliwagan, Solomon Mark de Guzman, Isabel Frial, Marjorie Lorico, Lui Manansala, Leo Salazar, Rhea Medina, Gigi Columna, Sarah Pagcaliwagan, Star Orjaliza

Sigrid Bernardo’s Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita tells the story of a 12-year old Anita who falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.

THE MUSES by Janice Perez
Janelle Jamer, Kitchie Nadal, Ranz Andri Medina, Chicoy Romualdez, Josh Manning, Eli Razo, Franco Reyes, Jenny Ozaraga, Yannick Hofe, Badidi Labra, Budoy Mirabiles

Janice Perez’s directorial debut Sabongero (2009) was screened at the short film corner at the 2009 Festival de Cannes. She also directs and writes for commercial projects here and abroad. Her entry for CineFilipino is entitled The Muses, a story of sibling rivalry in the music business where two sisters find the hidden truths about fame, family and their own selves.

ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI by Ramon ‘Mes’ De Guzman
Starring: Nora Aunor, Sue Prado, Mara Lopez, Ama Quimbao, Arnold Reyes

Mes de Guzman is an independent film director and scriptwriter who have won several Palanca awards for scriptwriting. His film Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti tells the story of a healer named Mabuti, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively. Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money.

ANG TURKEY MAN AY PABO RIN by Randolph Longjas
Starring: Tuesday Vargas, Julia Clarete, Cai Cortez, JM de Guzman, Travis Kraft, Ronald Inocencio, Madlen Nicolas, Micko Laurente

In Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin, Randolph Longjas presents a cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino-American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side

BINGOLERAS by Byron ‘Ron’ Bryant
Ron Bryant is one the fortunate ones who have had chance to work with the late Celso Ad Castillo. Back in 2009, he made his first full length documentaryThe Cinema of Celso Ad Castillo as an ode to the great director. His CineFilipino entry Bingoleras is a comedy about six single women, whose lives intersect when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the barangay fiesta, turning expectations and relationships upside down and inside out.



“ONANG” by JE Tiglao

“WORLD IPIS” by Kristine Joyce P. Barrameda and Joana Carla Ubaldo

“LIGAW / STRAY LOVE” BY Pamela Ll. Reyes

“ALKANSIYA” by Joan Robie D. Cajes

“KATHANG ISIP / FICTION” by Jo Paulo Madarang

“PRINCESS URDUJA” by Tiffanie M. Ang

“SANGANDAAN” by Jose Ibarra E. Guballa and Bienvenido Ferrer III

“LOGARITMO” by Kimberly M. Ocariza

“LAST CALL” by Khalil Joseph S. Bañares

For more information, visit CineFilipino’s Official Website and Facebook Page.

1. Sallan, Edwin P. “CineFilipino filmfest offers bigger seed money, more creative freedom.” August 18, 2012.
2. “CineFilipino extends selection of scripts, moves festival date.” November 17, 2012.
3. All director profiles and film synopses are from the CineFilipino Website.


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