Manila, Philippines – MOST CAPABLE – Glad to know that Vincent Nebrida is the festival director of CineFilipino, set for middle of 2013. With his vast experience in film marketing and promotion in New York, CineFilipino is in very good hands. Vincent (or Vince) is a friend from way back, but I know him as Ting, the younger brother of Marian devotee Baby N. Ballesty. Baby is also award-winning scriptwriter, TV host-director-producer.
Ting can also help CineFilipino entries join international filmfests. He wrote the story and script of “American Adobo,” which chronicles the lives of Pinoys in the Big Apple.
RAVES – He’s raving at the entries of the 8th Cinemalaya, especially the performance of Eddie Garcia in “Bwakang,” written and directed by Jun Lana. Ting calls it Eddie’s “crowning glory.” He believes that after Fernando Poe Jr., Eddie and Dolphy should be named National Artists.
Ting says that “Bwakang” has been invited by the very prestigious New York Film Festival. Only two other Filipino films were shown in the NY filmfest, Brillante Mendoza’s “Serbis” and Raya Martin’s “Independencia.”
LAUNCH – Now, for more info about CineFilipino, here’s the official release from Ms. Peachy Guioguio.
Every Filipino has a story to tell. New independent film festival, CineFilipino, seeks to discover and support the best and brightest Filipino filmmakers to give these stories a chance to come alive in the silver screen. PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5, and Unitel Entertainment officially launched CineFilipino at the Cinema 1 of Ali Mall Araneta Center, Quezon City.
With a production grant of P1.5 million each, CineFilipino offers the most number of filmmakers (eight) to receive a seed grant of more than P1 million in support of their respective projects.
TWO CATEGORIES – CineFilipino serves as a showcase of fresh cinematic works by both aspiring and established filmmakers who best define the human experience through a Filipino perspective. During the press conference, the festival’s organizing committee was represented by Vincent Nebrida of Unitel and Esther Santos of PLDT-Smart Foundation.
The festival has two categories: feature-length filmmakers section and shorts filmmakers section.
The feature-length filmmakers section is open to aspiring and experienced filmmakers and producers. Screenplays in this section will be read and evaluated towards the selection of the eight finalists. Each finalist will receive P1.5 million to produce their respective films. Those who want to join must submit their feature-length narrative scripts on or before the deadline on Oct. 8, 2012.
Meanwhile, the short filmmakers section is open to student filmmakers. Only 10 student-filmmakers will make the shortlist for this category. Completed short films must be submitted for this section between Sept. 19, 2012 and the deadline of Dec. 31, 2012.
PREMIERES – Premiere screenings of films under both feature-length and shorts filmmakers sections will take place during the CineFilipino Film Festival, which will be held from March 13 to March 19, 2013.
All entries should be sent to CineFilipino Film Festival office at 1196 Pablo Ocampo Extension corner Zapote Street, Makati City, Metro Manila 1205. For more details about CineFilipino, interested filmmakers may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also visit www.cinefilipino.com and www.facebook.com/cinefilipino for complete competition mechanics and submission requirements.
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