2018 To Farm Film Festival official entries announced

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5/31/2018 11:34 AM
2018 To Farm Film Festival official entries announced


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The official finalists of the third To Farm Film Festival were announced during a press conference on May 30 at Novotel Manila in Cubao, Quezon City.

Out of 119 submissions, here are the full-length film category finalists of 2018 To Farm Film Festival:

1957

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A historical drama written by Hubert Tibi which will also be under his direction. A group of farmers in Bicol are at the mercy of Don Pepe, a strict landlord. Twenty-year-old Lucio, the son of a former member of the Hukbalahap, pins hopes on the arrival of President Ramon Magsaysay in their area for genuine land reform to take place.

Alimuom

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A science fiction movie written and to be directed by Keith Sicat. Specific sections of the country are under individual bio-domes. The OFWs actually mean Outerspace Filipino Workers in the movie and the song Bahay-Kubo is a distant memory that makes a young boy ask, “Ano ang singkamas?” (What is a turnip?)

Fasang

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A period romance written by Charlson Ong (director to be announced). Based on the classic Philippine short story Tanabata’s Wife, this film set in the 1920s will also feature a Japanese actor. Tanabata-san is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Baguio, where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens. Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand, and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son, but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of the Baguio that is now taking shape, and to someone else.

Isang Kuwento ng Gubat (The Leonard Co Story)

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A biopic written by Rosalie Matilac to be directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Rosalie Matilac, and Nilo Paz. This film is an homage to the great Filipino botanist slain together with a guide and forest ranger in the forest of Kananga, Leyte. Government troops claimed they were caught in a crossfire between the military and the NPA, but two of the survivors said there was no gunfight and that they were apparently mistaken to be NPAs.

Lola Igna

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A cultural drama written and directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. Living in Sagada, Lola Igna is 115 years old. Will she make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person and become a tourist attraction to benefit the farming community close to the cliff of the hanging coffins? What will her possibly winning or losing do to the warring factions of her immediate family?

Mga Anak Ng Kamote

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A futuristic drama written by John Carlo Pacala, directed by Carlo Catu. Set in the Philippines, 2052, the planting of kamote has been outlawed and those caught planting and selling kamote are put in jail, no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act.

Sol Searching

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A dark comedy written and directed by Roman Perez Jr. Teacher Sol is dead and cannot be buried because there are no funds. How will the community come forward to put her to rest, this strict and no-nonsense teacher of grade school students and farmers who need to be taught scientific farming methods?

This year To Farm Festival is headed by Director Bibeth Orteza together with Managing Director Joey Romero with To Farm Executive Producer Dr. Milagros How. The members of the Selection Committee include Raquel Villavicencio (chairperson), Krip Yuson, Antoinette Jadaone, Mario Cornejo, and Manny Buising.