After months of deliberation and a worldwide search for inspiring stories about the Global Pinoy, ABS-CBN's movie feature channel has finally chosen five finalists for the third annual Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. Last year's batch had seven entries , all of which were given a production grant of PhP700,000.
When Cinema One announced the opening for submissions for the much-awaited digital film fest with the theme: "Ang Kuwento ng Pinoy sa Buong Mundo," Filipinos here and abroad did not hesitate to participate. From around 130 entries, the selection was cut down to 22 semi-finalists who went through several screenings and presentations, until the five promising finalists were selected.
Viewers can look forward to an exciting lineup for this year's indie festival. Cinema One offers a variety of genres and an impressive set of filmmakers. The five finalists are:
1. Altar by Rico Maria Ilarde
Giving a different take on Philippine horror and the supernatural is Rico Maria Ilarde's Altar, a terrifying movie about a retired boxer working as a carpenter in a haunted and cursed mansion. Ilarde also helmed the films Shake Rattle and Roll 2K5, Babaeng Putik, Dugo ng Birhen, and Sa Ilalim ng Cogon.
2. Confessional by Ruel Antipuestoand musical composer Jerrold Tarog
The collaborative effort of commercial director and cinematographer Ruel Antipuestoand musical composer Jerrold Tarog, Confessionalis also one of the finalists in this much awaited movie festival. It is a dark comedy about a small-time filmmaker who is about to witness a life-changing confession from a retired politician.
3. Maling Akala byco-directors Veronica Velasco and Pablo Biglang-awa
Inang Yaya co-directors Veronica Velasco and Pablo Biglang-awa come up with another beautiful story for their entry in this year's Cinema One film fest. Maling Akala is a romantic comedy with a twist of drama coming from the lead character's pressing homosexual issues.
4. Sa Ikawalo by Lawrence Fajardo
Fajardo makes a comeback from last year's competition. His entry Raket ni Nanay was also included in Cinemanila's Digital Lokal for that year. His new entry, Sa Ikawalo, tells the heart-wrenching story of longing and obesity: an OFW rarely seeing his daughter, and the child battling with anorexia and obesity.
5. Tambolista by Adolfo Alix Jr.
Finally, fresh from his victory for the film Donsol, writer and director Adolfo Alix Jr.gives us Tambolista, a raw drama about poverty, guilt and redemption.
"After a successful series of Cinema One Originals for the past two years, the third annual digital movie festival is set to be bigger, starting with the budget of PhP1 million for each film. So, expect better and more exciting films with this year's Cinema One Originals Digital Movie Festival," says Cinema One Originals project head Ronald Arguelles.
The Third Annual Cinema One Originals Digital Movie Festival and Awards Night are set to run in September 2007.