What to expect from Cine Filipino 2016

Whistleblower, starring Angelica Panganiban (right) and Nora Aunor, will be the opening film of Cine Filipino 2016. The second edition of this film fest will run from March 16-22, 2016.




The political thriller Whistleblower, starring Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban, will serve as the opening film of 2016 Cine Filipino.

Directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., this movie (which also stars Cherry Pie Picache) will be screened on March 15 at Resorts World Manila. This drama film is slated to have its commercial release on April 6.

The second edition of Cine Filipino will run from March 16-22, with a culminating Awards Night.

As the film fest makes a comeback this year, it introduces new categories, namely the TV series section, online section, and mobile category.

Festival director Madonna Tarrayo disclosed that a total of 442 entries were submitted for consideration.

Out of 151 submissions, 10 were chosen as finalists in the full-length feature category. They each received a grant of P2 million.

During the press conference, it was announced that JP Habac had an entry titled I’m Drunk, I Love You but it is no longer included in the final lineup.

The 9 competing full-length movies are: Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibañez’s 1st Sem, Carla Marie Baful’s A Lotto Like Love, Alvin Yapan’s Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian, Ice Idanan’s Sakaling Hindi Makarating, Frank David Fabros’ Straight to the Heart, Jason Paul Laxamana’s Ang Taba Ko Kasi, Lem Lorca’s Ned’s Project, Paolo Alessandro Herras’ Buhay Habangbuhay, and Randolph Longjas’ Star na si Van Damme Stallone.

Jose Javier Reyes serves as the competition director.

Here are the cast members and loglines of the nine participating feature films:
 
Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian written and directed by Alvin Yapan

CAST:  Joem Bascon and Sandino Martin, with Alex Castro, Angela Cortez, Sue Prado, Lance Raymundo, Ivy Sumilang
Joem Bascon and Sandino Martin play paramedics haunted by ghosts on a dark rural road.
 
Ang Taba Ko Kasi written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana

CAST:  Cai Cortez, Ryan Yllana, and introducing Mark Neumann
This rom-com revolves around a chubby coed who is torn between a hunky swimming instructor and a portly admirer.
 
Ned’s Project directed by Lem Lorca; written by John Bedia

CAST:  Angeli Bayani, Lui Manansala, Max Eigenmann, Biboy Ramirez, Ana Abad Santos, Dionne Monsanto
The story focuses on a lesbian tattoo artist (played by Angeli Bayani) who wants to bear a child.
 
Buhay Habangbuhay by Paolo Herras (based on a graphic novel by Paolo Herras and Tepai Pascual)

CAST: Iza Calzado, Jake Macapagal, Meryll Soriano, Ricci Chan, Rocky Salumbides, Anna Marin, Nhikzy Calma
Iza portrays a restless spirit in this comic book-turned-afterlife drama. Her character is a devoted housewife who dies in an accident. Life goes on for her family while Sandy, now a ghost, is in limbo, waiting to start the afterlife with her husband, Joel.
 
Star na si Van Damme Stallone by Randolph Longias

CAST:  Candy Pangilinan, Paolo Pinggol, Neil Ryan Sese, and Erlinda Villalobos
This tells the story of a kid diagnosed with Down syndrome. He dreams of being an artista; his family has to make ends (and dreams) meet.
 
Sakaling Hindi Makarating written by Ice Idanan and Petersen Vargas, directed by Ice Idanan

CAST:  Alessandra de Rossi, Therese Malvar, Pepe Herrera, JC Santos, Elijah Canlas, Karen delos Reyes. 
Introducing:  Lesley Lina, Hiraya Plata, Jay Gonzaga, Gabriela Sebastian, and Marius Talampas.  Special participation of Irma Adlawan
A series of mysterious hand-illustrated postcards take a young woman on a journey throughout the Philippines in search of its anonymous writer.
 
Straight to the Heart by David Fabros

CAST:  Carl Guevara, Gwen Zamora, Pinky Amador, Vince de Jesus, Ricci Chan, Nico Antonio, Bibo Reyes, Cris Lomotan, and Kiko Matos.  Introducing Garie Concepcion
Straight To The Heart is a light-hearted dramedy about a gay guy whose life turned upside down when he gets into a coma, and wakes up a straight man.
 
A Lotto Like Love by Carla Baful

CAST:  Martin Escudero and Isabelle de Leon, with Dennis Padilla, Emmanuelle Vera, Ruby Ruiz, Mauro Lumba, Jacob Clayton
An unlikely couple have conflicting dreams in this romantic comedy film. Two totally different strangers get entangled with each other's fate as a single winning lotto ticket brings them together in luck and love.
 
1st Sem by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibañez

CAST:  Lotlot De Leon, Alan Paule, introducing Darwin Yu, Miguel Bagtas, Sebastian Vargas, Jr., Karenina Romualdez, Teresa Lacayanga, Maddie Martinez, Sachie Yu, Marc Paloma
Lotlot plays a meddlesome mom to a college freshman (played by Darwin Yu) with separation anxiety issues.

“Kwento ang Hari” is the tagline of Cine Filipino, an avenue for the celebration of the ever-evolving art of Filipino filmmaking.

Cine Filipino Film Festival 2016, organized and led by Unitel Productions, in partnership with the MVP Group of Companies, is set to showcase films that tell the distinctly Filipino human experience through audience-friendly features, short films, and documentary films.

The entries will be screened at the following cinemas: Gateway Mall, Shangrila Plaza, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Metro East, Resorts World Manila, Eastwood Cinema, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Festival Mall, and Greenhills Promenade.

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