Cinemanila 2009 announces films competing in different sections

The short films of Ely Buendia (left) and Marcus Adoro (right) titled Waiting Shed and The Artist Is In, respectively, will be part of the Young Cinema Exhibition in the 11th edition of Cinemanila.

The 11th Cinemanila Intenational Fim Festival released today its finalists for the Digital Lokal Section (Philippine digital films); Young Cinema Section (Shorts in Competition and Exhibition); and SEA Shorts (Southeast Asian Shorts in Competition and Exhibition). The selected films are as follows:

The finalists for this year's Digital Lokal are Christopher Gozum's Anacbanua, Armando "Bing" Lao's Biyaheng Lupa, Jon Red's Beerhouse, Lito Casaje's Dolores, Ted Manotoc's 69 1/2 and Bona Fajardo's Iliw.

For Young Cinema Competition the finalists are Janus Victoria's Dalaw, Mikhail Red's Harang, Antoinette Jadaone's Ito ang Gabing Babalikan Kita Pagkatapos ng Tatlong Taon nang Hindi Maiiyak at Masasaktan, Ice Idanan's Limang Libo, Ramon del Prado's Save Me!!!, Emmanuel Quindo Palo's Stations, and Remton Siega's Zuasola To Siomai Love.

For Young Cinema Exhibition are Marcus Adoro's The Artist Is In, Ryan Nikolai Dino's Ang Ibig Sabihin ng 'OK Lang', Leo Valencia's Gemini, Glenn Ituriaga's Gusto Kong Lumipad, Paolo Herras's Irene F**king Jordan, Michael Angelo Dagnalan's Karoler, Rianne Hill Soriano's Technophilia, and Ely Buendia's Waiting Shed.

For the SEA Shorts Competition the finalists are Uwan Init Pista Sa Langit (Philippines) by Remton Siega Zuasola and Keith Deligero, Focal Point (Malaysia) by Alizera Khatami & Ali Seifourri, Rat (Malaysia/Taiwan) by Lau Kek Huat, Outing (Singapore) by Jow Zhi Wei and Sea Horse (Indonesia) by Shalahuddin Siregar.

For the SEA Shorts in Exhibition are Lakad ni Sammy (Philippines) by Joel P. Ruiz, Love Suicides (Malaysia) by Edmund Yeo and It's Not Raining Outside by Josep Anggi Noen.

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The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival will be held from October 15 to 25, 2009 in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Around 100 international and local films will be screened in a span of 10 days—from the current toasts of the local indie scene to the award-winners and favorites at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars and master classes. For more info, or jpegs for a release, please contact cinemanila and or go to

The 2009 Cinemanila is presented by the City of Taguig and the Cinemanila International Film Festival Foundation, together with Market! Market! Cinemas and Ayala Malls, in cooperation with Cinema One, Business World, Manila Bulletin, Click the City, Philippine Star,,, Fully Booked, Web Philippines, TBWA/Mangada/Santiago/Puno, Outpost Visual Frontier, Solid Video Corporation and the World Cinema Fund.






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