SINAG MAYNILA Independent Film Festival 2016 offers movie viewers a week of great film viewing experience from Filipino directors April 21 to 26.
The festival, now on its second year, showcases five feature films, 13 short films, and nine Samsung Cinephone films at SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, and SM Manila.
Sinag Maynila opened at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere on April 21 with the 2015 documentary ‘Human’ by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It will close with Mike van Diem’s 2015 romantic comedy film ‘The Surprise‘ on April 26 at SM Megamall Cinema 1.
‘Gabi ng Parangal’ or the Awards Night is scheduled on April 24 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere. Award-winning filmmaker Lav Diaz of the latest craze, ‘Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’ heads the jury.
Inaugurated on March 2015, Sinag Maynila’s first set of featured films have debuted in various international film festivals.
Festival Director Brillante Mendoza said, “The exposure of the filmmakers in other countries brings pride and honor to Sinag Maynila and to the Filipino Filmmakers.” He added they are glad to offer film lovers the 2016 line up.
Conceptualized and helmed by its CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, together with Mendoza, the festival gives grants to independent filmmakers to develop their individual material to a full-length film for public exhibition.
The five chosen filmmakers closely collaborated with Tieng and Mendoza, resulting in stories that reflect the Filipino culture while illustrating messages that will resonate globally.
LILA BY GINO SANTOS
Starring: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Alingod, Migs Cuaderno.
Jess is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant. As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary’s words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own.
EXPRESSWAY BY ATO BAUTISTA
Starring: Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, Jim Libiran.
A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman.
DYAMPER BY MES DE GUZMAN
Starring: Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, Debbie Garcia.
Three friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped and finds themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and gives them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission.
MRS. BY ADOLF ALIX JR.
Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Anita Linda, Mark Herras.
70-year-old Virginia shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. Haunted by a past that Virginia tries to conquer—her only son Sonny Boy who disappeared years ago, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death.
T.P.O. BY JOSELITO ALTAREJOS
Starring: Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, Lui Manansala.
T.P.O. tells the story of Miguel, an abusive husband to Teresa, a former town-beauty queen. They have an eight-year old son, JR. Their small family lives with Miguel’s parents. The family is shattered by the vicious cycle of domestic abuse. Just like our legal system, the film slowly unravels their story.
Short Film Finalists
The short film entries will be screened at SM Megamall on April 23 and 24.
Ang Kapinunan Kan Mga Alon Sa Danay (Where The Lake’s Ripple Begin) – Jennifer Lyn Romano
Ang Piyeta (The Pieta) – Maestro Mark Sherwin Marquez
Apo – Joshua Roque
Apuhap – Raf Evangelista
Fructus Ventris (Fruit Of Her Womb) – Wence Albert R. Trajano & Elton James Marcelo
Hide Post – Envangello Cyedel Dela Pena
Ilog Waga – Jae-re Louise Liwanag
Ina Namin (Our Mother) – Brian Spencer Reyes
Indio – Leahlou D. Abellanosa
Neon – Rod Michael Tumbaga
Nino – Ferdinand Mesias & Ronyel Compra
Plus Sign – Nikko Paciben
The Foreseeing – Daniel Morial & Jeth Ordeniza
Samsung Cinephone Finalists
99% – John Paolo S. Barcena
Changing Roads – Angela Andres & Freana Garcia
Espayb – Ebone Cimafranca, Jacquiline Hidalgo, Jessica Rubete & Juselle Roble
Google Map – Chaira Mae Prado
In a Dog’s Eyes – Michaela Veronica B. Padora
Lapis – Partick Joseph C. Leano
Litrato ng Nakaraan – Angelika Deofilo, Danilo Garcia & Samantha Mariano
Tapat Si Tatay – Klaire Marie Zubiri & Faye Isabel Estrada
Walang Wi-fi sa Dagat – Paul Arrenze Dionela
Check out the five feature film-entries schedule below. See you at the cinemas!