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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.

Dec 14, 2011

Indie Film Entries In Metro Filmfest Are All Very Promising

ALL IS SET for the 37th Metro Manila Filmfest that opens on Christmas Day. The entries were officially presented at Club Filipino on Tuesday: “Ang Panday 2”, “Yesterday Today Tomorrow”, “My Househusband, Ikaw Na”, “Shake, Rattle & Roll 13”, “Segunda Mano”, “Enteng ng Ina Mo” and “Manila Kingpin”. It will also have a New Wave section for indie films: five full length features (culled from 15 entries submitted) and ten student short films (from 18 entries). The full length films are “HIV” by Director Neal Tan starring Iza Calzado, Maribel Lopez and Jake Cuenca; “Dyagwar: Waley and Havey” by Ogie Diaz starring Jon Hall and Eric Fructuoso; “Pintakasi” by Imee Marcos and Nelson Caguila starring Erich Gonzales, John Wayne Sace, JM De Guzman and Boos Anson Roa; “Ritwal” by Yeng Grande starring Maribel Lopez, Mico Aytona and Rommel Chika; and “Haruo” by Adolf Alix Jr.

The short films are “Payaso” from La Salle-Lipa, “Adivino” from Asia Pacific Film Institute, “Sanayan Lang ang Pagpatay” from Ateneo de Naga, “Biyahe ni Barbie” from St. Benilde School of Digital Arts; “Oras” from Cebu International Academy of Film and TV, “Mate” from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, “I See Everything” from Southville School, “Bagong Ligo” from Mapua, “Speechless” from Miriam College, and “Ulan” from La Consolacion College.

On Awards Night on December 28, the best independent feature, best actor, best actress and best student short film will be chosen. The Quezon City Gender Development Office will also give an award for the most gender sensitive indie film. Each film will have a gala premiere on December 17 and 18 then they will have a regular screening at Robinson’s Galleria until December 21.