Considered as one of the absolute ways to entertain the mind, films are a product of ingenious individuals that have a knack for telling a story through an onslaught of visual stills continuously played at high speed. Aging like a bottle of vintage-dated wine, these 5 young bloods of the film industry are stepping up to the drawing room with unmatched ideas and boundless creativity.
Blossoming under the tutelage of various acclaimed peers in the film industry, Blind Productions, reaps in the sleepless nights and long hours by bagging the grand prize of the first ever CIneMayBank Short Film Competition held last October. Their entry, ‘Bente’ light-heartedly presents children’s values as three boys decide what to do with the found twenty-peso bill in the playground.
As one of the ten finalists for the first edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, Christian Candelaria’s ‘In His Island (Sa Saíyang Islá)’ sheds light on a gender nonconforming child, Dinggoy, that hopes to become a mermaid to reach the bottom of the ocean and help his family that catches fish for a living. A graduate from UP-Diliman, this filmmaker focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and the notion that children like Dinggoy, the main character, do exist and need support from the people around them.
Dangerously immersing to the deep dark depths of the local drug trade industry, ‘Suerte’ follows the story of 2 student filmmakers shooting a documentary, with the help of their guide, that soon focuses the camera to the 2 undergraduates as they become their characters in their very own film. The director, Carlo Fajarda, boldly addresses the current condition of illegal drugs in the country.
Creating a dreary and devastating reel perfection that desaturate shadows the ominous human life end, UP-Diliman film student Edsel Uy delivers sorrow and melancholy recorded in his ‘Bilang’ film. The saddening sci-fi motion picture orbits around Julio, a gifted man who can tell the age of death of the living around him.
As a winner of the NETPAC Jury Award in 2016’s QCinema International Festival and the only Filipino local participant in the latest SLEMANI International Film Festival held in Iraq, Inshallah Montero creates a visual masterpiece that wholeheartedly delivers a spoonful of the Filipino culture while shamelessly tugging at the heartstrings. Her most recent short film, ‘Papa’s Shadows’, revolves around Little Mia as she struggles to understand life and death with the shadow puppets her deceased father has left her.