CineFilipino 2013 Film Festival - Feature-Length Film Category

New independent film festival CineFilipino announced today the eight finalists for its Feature-Length Filmmakers Section at Passion Restaurant in Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila. The Festival spearheaded by PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 and Unitel Entertainment opened its doors to interested filmmakers last August 2012 and attracted almost 150 entries from across the country.

The finalists each received a P1.5 million grant for their respective productions. 

The festival, originally scheduled for June 26, has been moved to September to allow time for further preparation.

The top 3 feature-length films will each receive P500,000, P300,000, and P200,000, and the 3 best short films from the 10 selected in this category will be given P100,000, P75,000, and P50,000. 

Here are the films for the Feature-Length Film category:

PUTI by Miguel 'Mike' Alcazaren

Mike Alcazaren is a freelance television commercial director. He has won several Ad Congress awards and a First Prize in the 2007 Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature. His film Puti follows the story of a counterfeit painter who figures in a freak car accident that rendered him color blind. While recuperating, he starts seeing strange images.


Ato Bautista is no rookie in the indie circuit, having won acclaim and recognition for his films such as Blackout (2007) and Carnivore (2008). For CineFilipino, Bautista presentsMga Alaala ng Tagulan, , a coming-of-age love story about a young man’s first encounter with love, romance, and heartbreak, told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories that began on one rainy night.

THE GUERILLA IS A POET by Sari Raissa Dalena and Kiri Dalena

With Guerilla Is A Poet, the sibling duo of Sari and Kiri Dalena weaves an intricate tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet.  

ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Sigrid Bernardo's Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita tells the story of a 12-year old Anita who falls in love with the new woman in town; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.

THE MUSES by Janice Perez

Janice Perez’s directorial debut Sabongero (2009) was screened at the short film corner at the 2009 Festival de Cannes. She also directs and writes for commercial projects here and abroad. Her entry for CineFilipino is entitled The Muses, a story of sibling rivalry in the music business where two sisters find the hidden truths about fame, family and their own selves.    

ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI by Ramon 'Mes' De Guzman

Mes de Guzman is an independent film director and scriptwriter who have won several Palanca awards for scriptwriting. His film Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti tells the story of a healer named Mabuti, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively. Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money.  

ANG TURKEY MAN AY PABO RIN by Randolph Longjas

In Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin, Randolph Longjas presents a cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino-American couple who celebrates life with karaoke music, superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, unexpected pregnancies, brown-outs, Thanksgiving turkey, with some love on the side.  

BINGOLERAS by Byron 'Ron' Bryant
Ron Bryant is one the fortunate ones who have had chance to work with the late Celso Ad Castillo. Back in 2009, he made his first full length documentaryThe Cinema of Celso Ad Castillo as an ode to the great director. His CineFilipino entry Bingoleras is a comedy about six single women, whose lives intersect when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the barangay fiesta, turning expectations and relationships upside down and inside out.

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