A Cebu-based independent film company, Wolfpac Films, won Best Film and Best Story for their short film, The Waves at the “Sparta XLII” Ottawa Film Festival 2015. The awarding was held in Ottawa, Canada. Their leading lady is a sweet-looking 10-year-old student from the University of San Jose-Recoletos who not only got to play in the Best Film but bagged the award for Best Actress - and at just 10 years old! Another film by Wolfpac, entitled Redlights have also been accepted as entries to film festivals in the countries Italy, Rome and San Francisco, USA.
In Sun.Star’s article about the company’s recent success, Lat shared “This (Sparta XLII) is one of the biggest film festivals in Ottawa, Canada and they had really good films. We weren’t expecting to win major awards. We’re just proud that Filipino films could really make a mark overseas.”
Get to know the pack!
Wolfpac Films, also known as WULF, have garnered several awards since 2012. The group, “composed of Christian Lat, an Award-winning young film-director, actor, editor and producer, Nikolo Salazar an Award-winning Animator, editor, art-director and musician, Karlo Soriano an Award-winning Film director, editor and producer, Lester Caacbay, Award-winning film-director, editor and Bjorn Longvist an Award-Winning Actor and Producer [and] co-produced by Riza Matibag-Muyot CEO of All-Arms Auditing Company,” as stated on their Facebook page.
What makes a good movie, a good movie?
The company Wolfpac Films was founded mostly by International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) alumni. Sun.Star spoke with the group’s mentors about the key factors that make a movie a winner. Alex Murphy said, it’s all in the story coupled with good acting. “People want to see stories about other people and the people that you know best are the people in your life. Their lives unfold and all of that is a good basis to tell the story.”
You’ll know an actor is good when “they have a sense of presence and confidence about who they are and who they are not. You can’t act if you’re not bright. That doesn’t necessarily mean academically bright. A lot of them are big readers, right? Because they love stories, they love the specificity of the novel and how people think and they’re just interested and curious of the world.”
Cinematography and sound, according to Murphy add great boosts to the film but a movie can still be worth watching with just good acting and a good story. However, even with the right mix, it’s still not easy to get recognized. “Writers aren’t treated with enough respect. But don’t be sad about that because when they do sell a screenplay, they make enormous amounts of money.” Christian Lat encourages, “There is hope in Filipino cinema not only in mainstream but also independent film-making.”
Want to know what else Wolfpac has for this year? Watch their video below.