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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.

Jan 3, 2012

Yearender - Part 6: Local Films Shown In 2011

The year’s biggest hit movies are said to be Star Cinema-Viva co-production’s “No Other Woman” (P130 million) and “Praybeyt Benjamin” (P300 million). Despite this, mainstream filmmaking remains slack. A great majority of local movies made in 2011 are indie digital films, most of them quickie gay flicks made with a shoestring budget, the flimsiest of stories and shown in very few theaters. We’re told this kind of movie has lost its luster and no longer attract even gay viewers who used to flock to them. Read related article, Vice Ganda's season to bloom and shine.

We had four digital film festivals where some good films were shown. The biggest is the annual Cinemalaya held in July at the CCP where “Bisperas” and “Babae sa Septic Tank” were chosen as best films, followed by Cinema One Digitals of ABS-CBN wtih “Ka Oryang” as best film, Cinemanila Digital Lokal with “Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa” as best film and, the latest, the Metro Manila Filmfest New Wave Section where “Pintakasi” was chosen best picture. This 2011, a new digital film contest has been put up by the Film Development Board so expect more indie works to be produced.

And here’s a list of films shown during 2011.

JANUARY – Haliparot, Presa, Rindido, Subok.

FEBRUARY – Bulong, My Valentine Girls, Untamed Virgins.

MARCH – Who’s That Girl, Catch Me I’m in Love, Hostage Ko Multo, Untamed Hearts, Bata Pa si Rafael.

APRIL – Tum-My Pledge of Love, Seksing Masahista, Pik Pak My Dr. Kwak.

MAY – Tumbok, In the Name of Love, Lamog, Ombre, Taksikab, Tubero, M2M Eyeball.

JUNE – Forever and a Day, Lawlaw Gang, Dose Trese Katorse, Tiyo Pablo, Kape Barako.

JULY – Temptation Island, The Adventures of Pureza, Dulas, Cinemalaya Entries: Patikul, Bisperas, Isda, Busong, Babae sa Septic Tank, Nino, Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, Ligo na U Lapit na Me, Cuchera, Teoriya, Amok, Bahay Bata, I-Libings, Maskara, Zombadings, Sa Paglipad ng Anghel, Boundary.

AUGUST – Way Back Home, Tween Academy, Wedding Tayo Wedding Hindi, X Deal.

SEPTEMBER – Thelma, Rakenrol, My Neighbor’s Wife, Ikaw ang Pag-ibig.

OCTOBER – No Other Woman, Sulot, Kubli, Sexventures, Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin.

NOVEMBER – Aswang, Babang Luksa, Batang Ifugao, Laro, The Road, Won’t Last a Day Without You; Cinemanila Digital Lokal: Sakay sa Hangin, Senyorito, Lawas Kan Pinabli; Cinema One Digitals: Ka Oryang, Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa (also entered in Digital Lokal), Di Ingon Nato, My Paranormal Romance, Sa Ilalim ng Tuloy, Big Boy, Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat, Cartas de Soledad.

DECEMBER – Metro Manila Filmfest New Wave Section: Pintakasi, HIV, Haruo, Ritwal, Dyagwar. Main filmfest: Panday 2, Enteng ng Ina Mo, My Househusband, Segunda Mano, Yesterday Today Tomorrow, Shake Rattle & Roll 13, Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga Story.

That’s a total of 94 films. These are the mainstream films released. From Star Cinema (co-production or just distribution) – Bulong, Catch Me I’m in Love, Tum My Pledge of Love, Pik Pak My Dr. Kwak, In the Name of Love, Forever and a Day, Way Back Home, The Adventures of Pureza, Wedding Tayo Wedding Hindi, Ikaw ang Pag-ibig, Thelma, No Other Woman, Praybeyt Benjamin, Won’t Last a Day Without You, Enteng ng Ina Mo, Segunda Mano. That’s a total of 15 films, making Star Cinema the most productive outfit this year.

GMA Films – My Valentine Girls, Temptation Island (co-prod with Regal), Tween Academy, The Road, Panday 2 (co-prod with Imus Productions)

Regal – My Neighbor’s Wife, Aswang, Shake Rattle & Roll 13, Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Viva – Who’s That Girl, Tumbok. OctoArts – Househusband. Scenema Concepts – Asiong Salonga Story

All in all, there are only 28 mainstream films this year. The rest, are indie digital films.

The Year in Review 2011

Part 1: The Ugly, Messy Break Ups
Part 2: Weddings, Couplings In 2011
Part 3: The Controversies, Scandals And Feuds Of 2011
Part 4: In Memoriam, New Moms New Babies
Part 5: The Tv Shows Of 2011
Part 6: Local Films Shown In 2011
Part 7: The Best Films Of 2011