The acclaimed director announces a new short film category in the annual indie film event.
After being first launched in 2015 by Solar Entertainment head Mr. Wilson Tieng and Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza, the Sinag Maynila film festival formally opened its fifth year last March 7 with a grand press launch and a brand new category for short films.
“This year we’re looking forward to all the films. We’ll be announcing our international jury in the coming days to judge our feature films. We also have a very respectable lineup for the short film and documentary category,” shared direk Brillante.
With the country celebrating its centennial year of Philippine cinema this year, direk Brillante said they have tried to level up the selection process with every new festival.
“Siguro every year, with the selection we have gusto namin higitan pa kung ano yung nagawa natin in the years before. Medyo mahihirapan din tayo sa pagpili ng mga pelikula. But this year our selection of films, yung ibang films nag-compete na sila sa ibang international film festivals.Ito yung parang tamang venue to show these films at home. we’re looking forward na mapanuod at mapalabas natin itong mga pelikulang napili this year,” he revealed.
The Sinag Maynila independent film festival will feature three competition sections, noteworthy international exhibition films and a variety of cinema-related activities.The five films competing for the full-length category are: “Akin ang Korona” directed by Zig Dulay, “Jesusa” directed by Ronald Carballo, “Jino To Mari” directed by Joselito ‘Jay’ Altarejos; “Pailalim” directed by Daniel Palacio; and “Persons of Interest” directed by Ralston Jover. Competing in the short film category are “Bisperas” by Ralph Quincena, “Dana Jung” by John
Rogers, “Dude Pare Bro” by Lora Cerdan, “Kiss” by Harlene Bautista, “Kilos” by Marjon Santos, “Marian” by Brian Patrick Lim, “Memories of the Rising Sun” by Lawrence Fajardo, “Nagmamahal, Sal” by Jeff Subrabas, “Ngiti ni Nazareno” by Louie Ignacio, and “Panaghoy” by Alvin Baloloy.
The entries for the documentary category are “At Home” by Arjanmar H. Rebeta, “Entablado” by Lie Rain Clemente and Nori Jane Isturis, “Hope Spots” by Joseph Dominic Cruz, “Hyatt: Mga Kuwento, Lihim at Katotohanan” by Jayvee V. Bucsit, and “Tata Pilo” by Dexter Macaraeg.
Sinag Maynila 5 formally opens on April 3, with “Lakbayan” a three-part omnibus film by Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz and National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik — all of whom are awardees at the Berlin International Film Festival and have made their marks in several international film festivals. Winners of the Sinag Maynila 2019 competition will be announced at the Gabi ng Parangal to be held on Sunday, April 7. Screening of films will start on April 4 at select cinemas.