Cinemalaya X SHORT FILMS
The Cinemalaya X Short line up a great mix of talent from all around the country from different backgrounds. Topics range from the horror of LOLA and TIYA BENING, the unexpected comedy in EYEBALL, to the outright hilarious INA TAY and the exquisite dance sequences of INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK to experimental work in THE ORDINARY THINGS THAT WE DO. Tanghalang Pilipino regular Sheenly Gener is busy in 2 shorts: ASAN SI LOLO ME? and NAKABIBINGING KADILIMAN along with theater director (and actress) Mara Marasigan and Max Celada. Erlinda Villalobos of LOLA is also in K’NA THE DREAMWEAVER (New Breed Category).
ASAN SI LOLO ME?
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY SARI ESTRADA
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SYNOPSIS: A mother tells her young son that his grandfather has turned into a goat in order to cover up the grandfather’s death.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Every day of Sari’s childhood, she was one Disney princess or another. Sometimes Ariel, sometimes Belle, sometimes Pocahontas, always in full costume. Now “full-grown”, Sari still channels her inner Disney princess whenever circumstances allow, and has furthered this fixation by coming up with fictional characters of her own. Her desire to realize the very unreal characters and unlikely situations in her head makes it no surprise that she ended up in the field of film. Her undergraduate thesis “Asan si Lolo Mê?” received special recognition from University of the Philippines Film Institute and was nominated in the Short Film category of the 37th Gawad Urian Awards. Sari is first and foremost an editor, but is now working at honing her skills in directing and screenwriting.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Sheenly Gener, Rob Sy, Joseph Dela Cruz, Zachary Ezekiel Diaz, Goosey, Amante Pulido, Andre De Guzman Montejo, Jan Michael Jamisola PRODUCTION STAFF: Writer & Director-Sari Estrada, Directors of Photography-Marty Ramirez & Mikee Dela Cruz, Production Designers-Mayee Foz Baquiran & Andre De Guzman Montejo, Editors-Sari Estrada & Cyril Bautista, Sound Designers-Adi Bersales & Jedd Dumaguina, Music Composer-Michael Bulaong, Asst. Directors-Joyen Santos & Andrea Tatad, Production Manager-Athena Czarina Generoso, Executive Producers-Jose V. Ignacio Melita R. Ignacio Marivic Ignacio-Estrada Ray Estrada
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER “THOP” NAZARENO
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SYNOPSIS: A vain man is out to meet a woman he met on Facebook for the first time. While waiting for her, he comes upon a naive guy whom he teaches his ways on attracting women. But the vain may need to learn some more.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Thop Nazareno majored in Multimedia Arts at the College of Saint Benilde – School of Design and Arts, and attended the filmmaking program at Mowelfund Film Institute. His first short film, “Ang Balut ni Mang Roger (2012)” was screened in Europe and U.S.A.. He was the editor of previous Cinemalaya films “Pasahero” (Short Feature 2012) and “Purok 7” (New Breed 2013). “Eyeball” is his second short film which deals with relationships and the consequences that come with them.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Nico Antonio, Alchris Galura, Sei Magalona Calibo, Garret Villanueva PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Thop Nazareno, Writer-Thop Nazareno, Producers-Carlo Obispo and Thop Nazareno, Director of Photography-Marvin Reyes, Production Designer-Arthur Maningas, Editor-Thop Nazareno, Music Scorer-Jerrold Tarog
DIRECTED BY CHLOE ANNE A. VELOSO
WRITTEN BY BADIDI LABRA
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GENRE: Comedy Drama
SYNOPSIS: A beautician named Elvis (also known as Elvira) finds out one day that he has fathered a bouncing baby boy and is left with the challenge of single parenthood. A lighthearted take on the Cebuano LGBT culture that fuses comedy and melodrama, to show that an independently-produced gay film doesn’t always have to be about discrimination and oppression.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Chloe Veloso was born in Tacloban City but is now based in Cebu City. She graduated BS Computer Science in University of the Philippines Cebu and is currently taking her M.A. in Cinema Studies in the University of San Carlos. Founder of Amateur Creative Thespians of UP (ACT-UP), Chloe was the Festival Director of Binisaya Film Festival 2013. “Ina-Tay” is among her award-winning short films, the others being “Ang Gugmang Ti-unay ni Daniella” (Daniella’s True Love) and “Dag-um” (Dark Skies).
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Badidi Labra as Angelo/Angela, Albert Chan Paran as Elvis/Elvira, Peewee Senining as Pepsi, Van Oscar as Strawberry, Carl Balderama and Vienna Fortalejo as The Immortal Gays, Peter Romanillos as Adonis, Jonna Mahinay as Shirley, Josh Karol Abiera as Melissa, Cham2x Sobrevilla as Young Angelo, Zeev Corpin as Baby Angelo PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Chloe Veloso, Writer:-Badidi Labra, Production Company-Amateur Creative Thespians of UP (ACT-UP), Producers-Robert and Marilou Solidum, Diego and Yonkie Veloso, Erlinda Tan, Cinematographers-Chloe Veloso and Samantha Solidum, Editor-Samantha Solidum, Sound-John Diño, Script Continuity-Bin Espina, Pia Aguilos, Threyna Diaz, Dane Figuracion, Costume Designer-Peewee Senining, Makeup Artist-Rocelle Cadavos, Boom Operator-John Diño, Crew-Rapi Sescon, Bugz Saavedra, Regil Cadavos, Tom Jopson, Ivo Monterde, Thomas Solidum, Wessui Bacareza, Mia Bultron, John Mark Maglana, Jassy Tomol, Grace Orejudo, Joshua Aquino, Feonna Tejada, Bianca Macapagal, Shaira Escuzar, Bayani Acebedo, Oyo dela Paz, Creative Consultant-Diem Judilla
INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JORIS FERNANDEZ
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GENRE: Dance Narrative
SYNOPSIS: A struggle between a painter and his work. Rex paints his frustrations on canvas: the ballerina. The struggle between him and his artwork escalates and is channeled through the paintbrush; and as Rex sees his artwork taking control over him, he tries to fight back.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Joris Fernandez is a young filmmaker who obtained his Bachelors Degree in Film at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Film Institute. He started production work as an editor and has since work for notable TV shows and films. His interest in film making grew, having been able to work with well known directors in the industry. Joris is also interested in Production Design which is very notable in his works as a director. Indayog ng Nayatamak is his thesis film which received the Best undergraduate Thesis Award from the UP Film Institute in 2013 and was recognised by the Motion Pictures Association Asia Pacific as one of the Best Student short films in the region.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Kelvin Joseph Baroso, Chinky May Juntura PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producer-Jose Ephream Fernandez and Shirley Rose Fernandez, Producer-Carlo Francisco Manatad, Director-Joris Fernandez, Assistant Director-Joan Fernandez, Choreographer-Stanley Tupaz, Cinematographer-Aaron Cabangis, Production Design-Frances Mortel, Writer-Joris Fernandez, Editor-Joris Fernandez, Music-Joris Fernandez, Sound Design-Joyen Santos, Production Managers-Kim Ocampo, Pat Damaso, Colorist-Timmy Torres, Marilen Magsaysay, Visual Effects-Cy Bautista, Carlo Francisco Manatad, Joris Fernandez
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KEVIN ANG
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SYNOPSIS: It’s Christmas time, and a grandmother spends a quiet afternoon tending to the family chores. But the arrival of an unexpected visitor brings with her some deadly consequences.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Kevin Ang obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at De La Salle University in 2010. He then obtained a diploma in Animation and Visual Effects at the Vancouver Film School (VFS) in Vancouver Canada. He worked under several post-production houses for the next few years: doing both visual effects and animation on TV and film. His studio works include The Amazing Spiderman, Slugterra, Endangered Species and Monster High. During his time, he wrote and directed his first short film, Contaminant, for which he also did the editing, sound design and visual effects. The film won the Vancouver Mighty Asian Filmmaking Challenge, which requires its proponents to complete a short film within one week. The film was also an entry in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. After returning to the Philippines, he wrote and directed another short film – Lola. Again, he also handled editing, sound design and visual effects duties. The film is currently a finalist in the 10th Cinemalaya Festival and the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Erlinda Villalobos, Myrtle Gail Sarrosa, Red San Buenaventura, Tony Leyba, Jimson Buenagua, Mila Imperial, Christian Villete, Ernani Lantonio, Dana Amistad, Jaeosn Magdale, Jomar Carpena PRODUCTION STAFF: Director-Kevin Ang, Producers-Adi Bontuyan and Kevin Ang, Director of Photography-Adi Bontuyan, Production Manager-Garret Villanueva, Writer/Editor/Sound Design/Visual Effects-Kevin Ang, Production Design-Olivia Estrada, Asst. Production Design-Nina Estrada, Line Producer-Ron Conise, Score-Ling Lava, Prosthetics-Leo Velasco, Jr., Asst. Prosthetics-Justin Victorio, Production Assistants-Nash Tabanda and Kim Quilicot, Audio Man-Louie Aguila, Grip-Richard Gomez, Driver- Maning Quigao
MGA LIGAW NA PARU-PARO
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JANN ERIC “J.E.” TIGLAO
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GENRE: Dark Comedy
SYNOPSIS: Roger and Miriam live a happily married life in spite of not having a child for years. Until one day, Roger accidentally reads a text message on Miriam’s phone; it has flirty anecdotes from a stranger named Alex. In that moment, all hell breaks loose but little did Roger know that he is yet to discover his wife’s deepest secret.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: J.E. TIGLAO was named the Best Director of the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival’s Short Feature Category for his short film “Onang”. The said film also had its world premiere in Rhode Island International Film Festival in the United States. After a year, it had already entered twelve film festivals in and out of the country and was chosen the Best Short Film of 2013 by the Pinoy Rebyu, a group composed of film critics and journalists in the country. At the present, “Onang” is also nominated for Best Short film at the 37th Gawad Urian. J.E. Tiglao also represented the Philippines to the world’s largest short film festival, the Tropfest, in Malaysia for his film Gamu-gamo Sa Takipsilim starring Ms. Anita Linda. His latest short film “Mga Ligaw Na Paru-Paro” made it to Cinemalaya this year (2014). This is his second time to join Cinemalaya in two consecutive years.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Olive Nieto, Paolo O’Hara, Solomon de Guzman, Maria Isabel Lopez
PRODUCTION STAFF: Director – J.E. Tiglao, Writer – J.E. Tiglao, Producer – Alemberg Ang, Cinematographer – Box Seblario, Co-Producer – Martin Mayuga, Line Producer – Noubikko Ray, Production Design – Khalil Bañarez, Art Director – Icx Icay, Musical Scorer – Kim Nimrod Cruz, Assistant Director – Mara Marasigan & Mark Sarmiento, Lights – JT Pandy, Production Manager – Pauline Renz Legazpi & Carl Picar, Editor – Mai Dionisio & J.E. Tiglao, Poster Design – Vincent Quilop, Executive Producers – Bella Tiglao, Atty. Tyrone Agabas, Atty. Carlos Trece Mapili, Alemberg Ang, Borax Seblario, Levi de Jesus.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PAOLO O’HARA
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GENRE: A slice of life
SYNOPSIS: Life has been hard for siblings Jen and Amanda. Amanda, the older of the two, is blind and works as a masseuse for a nearby establishment. Jen, on the other hand, is deaf-mute and devotes her time caring for her blind sister. Though their set-up is tedious and difficult, the two still maintain a cheerful disposition and rely on each other greatly. A new handsome neighbor moves in and the balance of the simple household is tipped. Jen experiences a surge of unknown feelings and doesn’t know how to handle it. The relationship of the siblings is then put to a test and questions of dependency, jealousy and responsibility arise.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Paolo O’Hara. His love for acting started in his childhood when was exposed to watching different genres of theatre, TV, and film. It is one of the reasons why he pursued theater while in college. After graduating with a BS Math degree, he joined Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors’ Company under the leadership of Nonon Padilla. After almost six years of acting in most of its productions, he left the company to do freelance work as an actor. Expanding his skills, he worked as a comedy improv player, voice talent, acting teacher, theatre and events director. His thirst for learning led him to create his first short film “The Houseband’s Wife” which won Best Screenplay and Best Short Film in Cinemalaya 2013. Nakabibinging Kadiliman is his short film entry for Cinemalaya 2014. He is also a finalist for Cinema One Originals 2014, The Housekeepers, a feature film.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Amanda – Sheenly Gener, Jen – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Tiya Nali – Peewee O’Hara, Dexter – Raffy Froilan, Kaibigan – Max Celada PRODUCTION STAFF: Director/Writer/Producer – Paolo O’Hara, Cinematographer/Editor/Colorist – Dexter Dela Pena, Assistant Director – Karen Haniel, Production Designer – Monica Baldemor, Line Producer – Sheenly Gener, Production Manager – Mara Paulina Marasigan, Production Assistant – Dan De Guzman, Music – Nimrod Cruz/Paolo O’Hara/Dexter dela Pena
PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN (GOING HOME)
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED FEDWILYN “EDEN” VILLARBA SABOLBORO
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SYNOPSIS: Meet Tommy Whitmore divorced andsetting out to start his own family. Tommy sets on a mission: to start a new life in the sunny and promising Philippines. However, when things do not go according to plan, Tommy’s life plummets straight down into the ground. He is feels fragile in a foreign country. Eventually, Tommy must make the toughest decision of his life: to go back to where he belongs, or risk it all and move forward with what little he has. With the help of kind strangers, Grace and her son Nilo, Tommy forges on his brave quest in trying to find where home is and discovering God again.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: At 27, Fedwilyn “Eden” Villarba is a critically acclaimed independent film and theater actress and an award-winning short film director born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. Having received traditional college from the University of the Philippines-Cebu college and working as a radio broadcaster for a long time, Eden left corporate work to pursue her passion for film and the arts full-time. She went on to receive the prestigious Acting for the Camera Scholarship from International Academy of Film and Television. Having been involved in and film and theater as an actress of many years, she starred in over 15 independent short films; the internationally acclaimed independent film “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria”; and has since ventured into producing, screenwriting, and directing. She has received the Best Director Award, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award, and 2nd Best Picture for the 2012 Sinulog short film. “Lingkawas” – her first attempt at directing.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: “Tommy Whitmore” -Alex Murphy, “Nilo” Shun Andrei Bacalla, “James Whitmore” – Jayce Alexander Stewart, “Grace”- Eden Villarba-Sabolboro, “Det. Mendoza”-Francil Silva, “Thug #1”-Paul Halili, “Thug #2”- Nico Javier, “Taxi Driver #2”- Lendz Barinque, “Plaza Girl #1”-Shylyd De April Tuscano, “Plaza Girl #2” -Brittany Baldoza, “Taxi Driver #1 (Voiceover)”-Anthony Yu PRODUCTION STAFF: Executive Producer – Thaad Sabolboro, Producer – Mario Lendel “Lendz” Barinque, Director- Fedwilyn “Eden” Villarba-Sabolboro, Original Screenplay-Francil Silva, Asst. Director/Co-Producer- Shylyd De April Tuscano, Directors Of Photography- Francil Silva And Thaad Sabolboro, Editor- Thaad Sabolboro, Original Musical Score- Neil Struble and Nick Cunningham, Production Sound Mixer- Joyce Rances Lumapak, Production Design- Brittany Suelo Baldoza
THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DAVID R. CORPUZ
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SYNOPSIS: The Ordinary Things We Do features the story of six souls—three couples—and a celebration of one same love. A critical look at the essence of human romantic partnership, this experimental silent short film celebrates the diversity of the expression of affection and intimacy. When everything material and immaterial are stripped off, what remains are souls united by and in love.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: David R. Corpuz hails from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. He recently received an MA Media Studies (Film) degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. A filmmaker, media scholar, and educator, David’s research and creative interests are centered on avant garde cinema and the representation of gender in media. He also served as liaison officer at the UP Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC) and as web producer at Summit Media’s Cosmopolitan (cosmo.ph) and the now-defunct Techie. The Ordinary Things We Do is a research-based creative work awarded as Best Master’s Thesis at the April 2014 UP College of Mass Communication graduation rites.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Rafaela Anne Rivera, Kenneth Isaac Dela CruzAndrew Basco, Angelo Abcede PRODUCTION STAFF: Writer/Director/Producer-David R. Corpuz,Producer-Jed Medrano, Co-Producer-Angelo Abcede, Director of Photography-Joy Aquino, Production Designer-Jesse Rey Baban, Editor/Colorist-Mark Lester Miranda, Assistant Director/Location Manager-Sheryl Rose Andes, Wardrobe Supervisor-Eivy Rose Lavalle, Gaffer-Joel Tiongson, Assistant Camera Operator-Bernard Amigo, Lights Crew-John Paul Gonzaga and Leonidas Sardua,Art Director-Mervine Anjelo Aquino, Hair and Make-up-Esrom Ferrer, Set Man/Poster Designer: Stephen Valena, Assistant to the Director-Patrick Jon Banag, Carpenters-Norbel Espina and Gerry Vegenia, Van Service Driver-Alejandro Capisan, Utility-Rose Tumangob and Elvin Tumangob
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RALPH ALDRIN L. QUIJANO
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SYNOPSIS: An old lady lives with her caregiver while her daughter is overseas. She suffers from Alzheimers and from time to time during the night her bedroom burns. A storm is coming, a little girl plays, the old lady settles to a fateful end.
FILMMAKER PROFILE: Ralph Aldrin L. Quijano is a freelance filmmaker, video editor and a part-time college instructor, hailing from Lipa City, Batangas. In 2006, he graduated Bachelor of Arts in Communication from De La Salle Lipa (Batangas). He is the Founder of “Sky Is Everywhere” (a showcase of short films about anything under the sky by Btangueno filmmakers), annually held in his hometown Lipa City. Most of his films reflect his love for family and memories not forgotten. He is the director, writer, cinematographer, and editor of his short film “TIYA BENING” which won Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Actress awards at PELIKULTURA (The CALABARZON Film Festival 2014, held last February 2014 at the UPLB Campus. “TIYA BENING” was also an official selection of Cinema Rehiyon 2014, a film festival of short films in the Philippines (now on its 6th year), held last February 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City.
MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Tiya Bening – Milagros T. Martija, Marilen – Aileen Mercado, Lenlen – Giselle Lasin PRODUCTION STAFF: Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor – Ralph Quijano, Production Design – Christian Tano Panaligan, Sound/Audio – Hector Lincallo Jr., Production Manager – Eric Paolo Santos, Make-up – Mimi Uy & Yssa Pilapil, Production Assistants – Arvin Jon Lat & Steve Cardona, Additional VO – Vigie Ador