PHOTO CAPTION: For the 2013 Sineng Pambansa All Masters Edition, (L-R) Direk Joey Reyes helmed Ano Ang Kulay Ng Mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?, Mel Chionglo helmed Lauriana, Joel Lamangan helmed Lihis, Gil Portes helmed Ang Tag-araw ni Twinkle while Maryo J. delos Reyes helmed Bamboo Flowers.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in partnership with SM Cinema, hosted a recognition program for the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All-Masters Edition last September 7, 2013 at the Atrium of the Mall of Asia.
The event was hosted by Janice de Belen and Gelli de Belen with performances from Dulce, Xtrail Dancers, Fortenors and Rochelle Pangilinan.
The festival features ten of the country’s most-experienced directors namely Elwood Perez (OTSO), Romy Suzara (TINIK), Gil Portes (ANG TAG-ARAW NI TWINKLE), Maryo J. delos Reyes (BAMBOO FLOWERS), Peque Gallaga & Lore Reyes (SONATA), Mel Chionglo (LAURIANA), Chito Roño (BADIL), Tikoy Aguiluz (EMAN), Joel Lamangan (LIHIS) and Jose Javier Reyes (ANO ANG KULAY NG MGA NAKALIMUTANG PANGARAP?).
During the September 7 event, Direk Chito as well as Direk Peque and Direk Lore were unable to attend the recognition ceremony.
(L-R) Maryo J. delos Reyes, Jose Javier Reyes, Elwood Perez, Mel Chionglo, Tikoy Aguiluz, Romy Suzara, Gil Portes, and Joel Lamangan
The FDCP is also honored by the participation of the film and final obra of the late Celso Ad Castillo, BAHAY NG LAGIM.
Taking place in a convent, the film follows the story of Sister Sofia whose life takes a grave turn upon the arrival of the troubled and haunted Fatima. The documentary, The Gospel According to the Kid, will also be shown, which brings us into the life of Celso Ad. Castillo himself and his works.
The films this year aim to uplift the Filipino film industry by featuring many of the countries’ beautiful vistas and provinces, while providing stories from the Filipino people, for the Filipino people, and by the Filipino people. Shot in each individual director’s hometown, the films act as a sort of homecoming for the directors and their films as well, in the industry.
Salvi, directed by TM Malones, is the lone film showcased in the New Breed category of the film festival. The film centers on the titular character Salvi, a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world trying to save his older sister, Isabel, who had been take away during their younger years.
Several short film entries made it to the competition chosen from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The Sineng Pambansa is a nationwide film festival and all these films will be shown in theaters around the country. The All-Masters Film Festival is set to run exclusively at all SM Cinemas starting today, the 11th until the 17th of September. All movies part of the festival will only have an admission price of P100.
Recently restored classics Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975) from Lino Brocka and Genghis Khan (1950) from Manuel Conde will also have screenings during the festival.
The proceeds of the event will go to support the projects and endeavors of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP).
The Department of Education is also an endorser of the film festival under “Advisory No. 368, s. 2013” issued on August 29, 2013.
EPlus Cards worth only 200 pesos will be available during the festival with 3 movie entitlements.