Chosen from hundreds of entries, this year's ten finalists of Cinema One Originals 2011 Film Festival stand out for their out-of-the-box storytelling.
There are seven debut films by the following filmmakers: Sari Dalena's solo directorial effort in Ka Oryang, Ivy Universe Baldoza in Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat, Victor Villanueva in My Paranormal Romance, Earl Bontuyan in Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, Antoinette Jadaone in Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia, and Shireen Seno in Big Boy. Di Ingon Nato (Not Like Us) also marks the first collaborative tandem of filmmakers Ivan Zaldarriaga and Brandon Relucio.
Five of the ten films are regional entries from the provinces—Big Boy from Mindoro, My Paranormal Romance from Cebu, Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Langit from Nueva Vizcaya, Cartas de la Soledad from Maguindanao, and Di Ingon Nato (Not Like Us) from Cebu. Sa Ilalim ng Tulay is partly a regional movie since it depicts the journey of an Aeta family—one of the many displaced indigenous groups that suffered the wrath of the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and who eventually migrated and sought their fortune in Manila.
One of the films, Anatomiya ng Korupsyon actually came from a stageplay and was written for the big screen by Malou Jacob.
The 7th Cinema One Originals Festival opens at
the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex on November
9 and will run until November 15, 2011.
(CLICK HERE to learn more about the entries)