For too long, short films have remained the forgotten art form; a consistently underrated medium that has never been given the exposure it demands. Even with the emerging popularity of independent films in the Philippines, short films are still seen as "front acts" for full-length features or "sidebars" at local film festivals.
The Katorse Writers' Group, a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee's 14th Scriptwriting Workshop, addresses this problem by coming up with a full program of short films to be screened at Robinsons Galleria IndieSine.
On June 11-17, Katorse Shorts will showcase 7 short films with themes ranging from the romantic to the absurd to the tragic—a program that is meant to bring to the consciousness of Filipino audiences that the short film is an art form that can hold its own.
Katorse shorts line-up:
Ang Kapalaran ni Virgin Mario (The Fate of Virgin Mario) by Ogi Sugatan
Ambulancia (Ambulance) by Richard Legaspi
Manyika (Doll) by John Wong
Puwang (Space Between) by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Dead Letter by Grace Orbon
Lababo (Kitchen Sink) by Seymour Barros Sanchez
Walong Linggo (8 Sundays) by Anna Isabelle Matutina