Indie Films have gained some popularity for the past few years and it does not seem like its popularity is dying down anytime soon. Cable TV Channel Cinema One is giving local filmmakers a chance to have their voices be heard.
Cinema One Originals have provided opportunities to Indie filmmakers to have their films realized, and recently have given grants to 3 Cebuano films, namely Damgo ni Eleuteria, Di Ingon Nato and My Paranormal Romance.
It is now our time to support Cebuano films during the staging of the Cinema One Originals Cebu Film Festival in SM City Cebu this Feb. 11-16, 2012. During the event, 3 Cebuano films will be premiering, while also screening the other Cinema One Originals produced films.
Here are the 3 Cebuano film titles joining the Cinema One Originals Cebu Film Festival.
DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
The award winning film by Remton Siega Zuasola. Shot entirely in ONE TAKE (from start to finish.) It has won awards in international film festivals, and has not yet been shown locally. This will be the opening film of the festival. It stars Donna Gimeno, Greg Teczon, Eden Villarba and among others.
Terya, a simple island girl is about to leave her home to marry a foreigner. Her journey ignites a series of events and introduces certain characters that affect her eventual decision to stay or go. The story takes place in the scenic Olango Island in the midst of the Baliw-Baliw Festival that hold parallel to Terya’s state of mind as she walks towards her destiny.
Awards and festivals
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music- 2011 GAWAD URIAN
Special Jury Prize- 12th Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
Jury Prize, Cinema One Originals film festival 2010
Best Southeast Asian Film, Cinemanila Int’l Film Festival 2010
Golden Hanoman Award, Geber Award, Best Asian Feature film- Jogja-NETPAC, Asian Film Festival 2011
About the Director:
Remton Siega Zuasola is a graduate of Fine Arts major in Advertising at the University of San Carlos. His films before Eleuteria have won already won awards (To Siomai Love, mga Damgo). He is the youngest to have ever received a GAWAD URIAN award.
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MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Feature film debut of Victor Villanueva. MPR is a quirky romantic comedy adventure, starring Phoebe Kaye Fernandez, host of Local Magazine show, MAGTV, in ABS-CBN Cebu. Also stars Publio Briones III (Confessional, Wanted Border), Van Roxas (Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 finalist) and Paul Jake Castillo (PBB: Double UP). The film also features soundtracks from some of Cebu’s talented bands namely: Bethany, Shuffled, Rescue a Hero, Piero Vergara and Missing Filemon.
After numerous heartbreaks, Merry P. Pascual decides to move on by transferring to her dream school, Super Hard University. She discards everything illogical and nonsensical and decides to focus! Until one day, a bizarre string of events leads to Merry receiving the Third Eye.
About the director:
Also a graduate of Fine Arts major in Advertising (University of San Carlos, TC), Victor Villanueva has been exposed to both indie and mainstream productions. He was the co-producer of the Indie film Confessional (2007) and the new media virals producer for Kimmydora (2009). He has been coined the special child, since he always receives a special award (his short film, Saranghae my Tutor won Special Mention at the Cinemanila Int’l Film festival, just a week after his Special Citation award at the Cinema One Originals 2011 awarding).
Awards and festivals
Best production design, Best editing, Special Citation Award for directing (Victor Villanueva)
Cinema One Originals 2011 Film Festival
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DI INGON NATO
A zombie film set in a remote mountain village. It is directed by Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga. Starring Rez Cortez, Mercedes Cabral, Donna Gimeno (from Damgo ni Eleuteria) and Franco Reyes (from the band FRANCO).
In a remote mountain village in Cebu, a farmer will commit murder, a young doctor will lose her first patient, and a barangay captain will find a girl brutally murdered. The entire community is drawn to the mystery, and they will have to rely on each other to survive. It’s one thing to deal with the deaths of loved ones, but how should they react when these same loved ones return?
About the directors:
Brandon Relucio majored in Literature and Film Theory at Rutgers University. Majoring in Literature and Film Theory. Before moving to Manila in 2009, he lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn, freelancing for film projects, as well as other odd jobs. He has directed, shot, and edited films such as “Duo”, a documentary about an immigrant couple living in Brooklyn, and short films like “The Elephant Walk” and “The Unwanted Here”. He has also collaborated with street various artists and musicians as well as many non-profit projects. Ivan Zaldarriaga studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Cebu. He won the Best in Production Design Award for the movie, “The Leaving”, at the Cinemalaya New Breed Full Length Competition in 2010Di Ingon Nato is their first collaborative effort.
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Here is the complete schedule of films to be featured in the Cinema One Originals Cebu Film Festival:
SM CINEMAS CEBU, FEB 11-16, 2011
Feb 11, Saturday
6:30 PM OPENING COCKTAILS/CEREMONIES
8:15 PM ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
Feb 12, Sunday
11:00 AM IMBURNAL
3:00 PM SA ILALIM NG TULAY
5:00 PM CONFESSIONAL
7:00 PM ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
9:00 PM DI INGON ‘NATO
Feb 13, Monday
12:00 PM LAYANG BILANGGO
2:25 PM ISHMAEL
4:50 PM ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
7:10 PM ANATOMIYA NG KORUPSION
9:30 PM SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY
Feb 14, Tuesday
12:00 PM SA KANTO NG ULAP AT LUPA
2:15 PM CARTAS DE LA SOLEDAD
4:50 PM ANATOMIYA NG KORUPSIYON
7:10 PM DI INGON ‘NATO
9:30 PM MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Feb 15, Wednesday
12:00 PM DI INGON ‘NATO
2:25 PM MGA ANINO SA TANGHALING TAPAT
4:50 PM SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY
7:10 PM MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
9:30 PM KA ORYANG
Feb 16, Thursday
12:00 PM BIG BOY
2:25 PM ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
4:50 PM MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
7:10 PM KA ORYANG
9:30 PM DI INGON ‘NATO