SINAG MAYNILA INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL 2016
After producing some of 2015’s best films in its initial year, Sinag Maynila promises to bring another batch of high quality films in 2016.
Sinag Maynila 2016, presented by Solar Entertainment Corporation, through its head Wilson Tieng and festival director Brillante Mendoza, picked five scripts from more than a hundred submissions. Each entry received a grant of two million pesos.
The five official entries are:
“DYAMPER” by Mes de Guzman
Apeng, Poknat, and Tinoy are “dyampers” on the lookout to steal from rice trucks as they meander along the treacherous winding roads of Dalton Pass. In one of their encounters, they accidentally discover a pack of illegal substances which will lead them to the biggest mission of their lives. “DYAMPER” stars Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, and Debbie Garcia
“EXPRESSWAY” by Ato Bautista
Old-timer Ben needs to do one last assignment before the syndicate boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is neophyte Morris, yearning to prove his worth. This last trip will turn out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing, and redemption. “EXPRESSWAY” stars Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, Kiko Matos, Antoinette Reds, Jim Libiran, Japo Parcero, and Judith Javier
“LILA” by Gino M. Santos
To escape a past that threatens to consume her, a young woman decides to move into a house owned by a warmhearted landlady, looking for a fresh start and a chance for atonement. The house, however, has other ideas. “LILA” stars Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Alingod, and Migs Cuaderno.
“MRS.” by Adolf Alix Jr.
70-year old Virginia lives in a bungalow house that stands on an earthquake fault area. When her ever-loyal maid Delia tells her she’d be leaving for good, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life.
“T.P.O.” by Joselito Altarejos
Teresa, an abused wife, attempts to secure her freedom by filing a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against her abusive husband only to be caught in the battered system of bureaucracy filled with neglect and indifference. “T.P.O.” stars Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Lui Manansala.
The second Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival runs April 21-16, 2016 in select SM Cinemas. For more updates, look for Sinag Maynila on Facebook (SinagMaynila), Twitter (@sinagmaynila), and Instagram (@sinagmaynila).
In 2015, “Imbisibol” by Lawrence Fajardo won best picture, besting the other entries: “Balut Country” by Paul Sta. Ana’s, “Bambanti” by Zig Dulay, “Ninja Party” by Jim Libiran, and “Swap” by Remton Zuasola.
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