The finalists for the CineFilipino 2016 Full-Length Feature Narrative competition were announced today, August 24.
CineFilipino is organized by Unitel Productions. The festival “aims to support and develop new cinematic, audience-friendly works of artistic merit by up-and-coming and established filmmakers to help define the human experience through a Filipino perspective” (from the CineFilipino official website).
The 2016 finalists are:
- Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian (Alvin Yapan)
- Ang Taba Ko Kasi (Jason Paul Laxama)
- Ned’s Project (Lem Lorca)
- Van Damme Stallone (Randolph Longjas)
- Buhay Hanapbuhay (Paolo Alessandro)
- Straight to the Heart (Frank David Fabros)
- Sakaling Hindi Makarating (Aiza Jane Ice Idanan)
- 1st Sem (Dexter Hemedez, Allan Ibanez)
- A Lotto Like Love (Carla Marie Baful)
- I’m Drunk, I Love You (Jaime JP Habac)
Only in its third run (the festival has been held every two years since its inception in 2012), it has already produced some of the greatest Filipino films in recent years. In its first edition, “Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita” was declared Best Picture. In 2014, Ang “Kwento ni Mabuti” took top honors. Both films went on to make waves outside the festival, winning awards in both local and international award giving bodies.
Among the 2016 finalists, director Alvin Yapan was in the news recently for winning Best Picture at the World Premieres Film Festival 2015 for his film “An Kubo sa Kawayanan“. On the other hand, Jason Paul Laxamana has only recently been announced as a finalist for Cinemalaya 2016.
Apart from the Feature-Length Narrative Category, CineFilipino also has a Shorts Section, with the following sub-categories: Mobile Category (for students), Online Content Category (open-to-all), and Short Features Category (open-to-all); a Documentary Category, and a TV Series Category.
Unitel President Madonna Terrayo is festival director, while Jose Javier Reyes is head of competition. The festival runs from February 2 to 9, 2016.