On March 17, 2013, watch five short films in a single screening at the CENEWOF Theater of the Marcelo Fernan Press Center. The event is entitled “Singkwento Internasyonal” and features films made by international independent Filipino filmmakers.
The movies include “The Brothers of Kappa Pi” by Roberto Reyes Ang, “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong (Waiting to Whisper)” by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, “Alibi” by Perry Escaño, “Breakfast with Lolo” by Steven Flor, and “Inosensya (Innocence)” by Mikhail Red.
Roberto Reyes Ang’s movie is about Filipino immigrant kids in New York who decide to engage in activism. It was an entry to several film festivals, including the 2012 International Film Festival in Manhattan, New York, the 2012 FACINE 19, in San Francisco, California, the 2012 River Bend Film Festival in South Bend, Indiana, the 2010 Wanderings Film Festival in Hunstville, Alabama, the 2009 Sumisigaw: Filipino-American Youth Cultural Festival in Queens, New York, the 2009 Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival in Manila, Philippines, and the 2009 Docs on the Edge by the New York University in New York, New York.
Sigrid Andrea Bernardo was also a recipient of numerous awards for his film about family members who take turns whispering a last wish for their dying mother or grandmother. “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong” was awarded Best Screenplay by Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2012. It also received Honorable Mention in the Exground Film Festival 2012 held in Wiesbaden, Germany. The movie was also an Official Selection to the Shnit Film Festival in Switzerland, and was selected for screening in the Asiatica Filmmediale in Rome, Italy, and in the Reelgate Film Festival.
“Alibi” was an official selection in the 2011 Gawad CCP and was an entry in the 2012 International Film Festival Manhattan, where it was first runner up for Most Popular Film Competition. The movie revolves on an actor’s search for a steamy urban adventure and the choices he needs to make along the way.
Steven Flor’s “Breakfast with Lolo” received the 2010 Platinum Remi Award during the 43rd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival held in Houston, Texas. The film, which focuses on a grandfather and grandson’s search for the most delicious pancake, also won the Jury Selection Award in the Narrative category for the 180 Microcinema Festival in 2010. It was also among the film entries for the 2010 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York, and Cinemalaya 2010.
The movie “Inosensya” is about a school boy’s realizations as he writes an essay about society. Mikhail Red won an Honorable Mention from the Gawad CCP in 2011 for his film, which was also shown during the 2011 Cinemanila Young Cinema Official Selection. It was the opening film for the 2011 Interfilm Berlin, and won the grand prize at 2011 Youki International Youth Media Festival held in Wels, Austria. During the same year, it was also named an official selection to the Hong Kong International Film and Video Awards.
For a preview of Singkwento Internasyonal, you can check out their video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBcsaZ__AwU You can also visit the official website for the event http://5kuwento.wix.com/5kuwento and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Singkuwento-Internasyonal/543777232301493
The screening schedules for Singkwento Internasyonal are 12 noon to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are at Php100 each for students and Php150 each for non-students.
The event is organized by Team 78 Productions (https://www.facebook.com/Team78). For more details, including ticket sales, please contact Rachel at (0932)403-1834.