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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 28, 2010

The 2010 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival

The movies are novelty. The stories are unpredictable. The talents are a mix of flag bearers and an emerging new breed. These are what make the 6th Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival a highly anticipated event when it opens at the Shang Cineplex of Edsa Shangri-La Plaza mall on November 10, running until November 16. Its equally awaited awards night will be held on November 14 at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN.

Spearheaded by the country’s number 1 movie cable channel Cinema One, and helmed by its Director for Programming Ronald Arguelles, this year’s festival is anticipated to be a success and is part of the ongoing 16 Year Anniversary of Cinema One’s leadership in local cinema. The festival will also award its Cinema One Original Tribute to two filmmakers who are pillars in local cinema: Celso Ad Castillo and Lav Diaz. This award and tribute was given to director Danny Zialcita as its first receipient.

Chosen through careful deliberation from over 100 entries, this year’s seven finalists possess liberating out-of-the-box storytelling. They have potentials to open a new genre or combine genres and make names for its directors, writers and actors. The seven finalists and competing digital movie entries this year are: Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria by Remton Siega Zuasola, a novelty comedy of a young provincial lass who becomes a mail order bride to hoist her family from poverty. Third World Happy of writer-director E JSalcedo is a melodrama about a ‘balikbayan’ artist who has spent most of his life abroad but whose perspectives in life changes when he comes home to attend a funeral and reunites with his friends and girlfriend. Astro Mayabang of director Jason Paul Laxamana is a social satire about a financially, socially, intellectually and sexually frustrated man who boasts of his nationalism and Pinoy pride, but ends up humiliated because of his misguided and aggressive ways. Dagim by director Joaquin Pedro Valdes who also co-wrote it with J. Eliseo Sandico is about two farm brothers whose search for their lost father lead them to a company of strange mountain inhabitants. Ishmael by Richard Somes who gave us last year’s most triumphant winner Yanggaw, is about an ex-convict who is ostracized by his neighborhood. Little does he know that this neighborhood he once knew is set to awaken his past. Tsardyer by writer-director Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez is based on a true-to-life story of a young boy who was tasked by rebel soldiers to charge their phones used for their negotiations with the government while holding the media people they kidnapped. Layang Bilanggo is a family drama about a fugitive on the run who yearns for the love of his daughter that he abandoned several years ago and disguises in an attempt to get near her.

Catch all of the film entries in the 2010 Cinema One Originals which promises to enrich all movie audiences. These movies are produced and owned by Cinema One Cable Channel and the Creative Programs, Inc. through this annual film festival project.