Cinema One gears up for film fest


Posted at May 05 2012 03:58 PM | Updated as of May 17 2012 11:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Thirteen films are set to compete in this year’s Cinema One Originals film festival.

Now on its eighth year, the film festival aims to highlight the diversity of local talents in independent filmmaking.

The Cinema One Originals 2012 selection committee -- composed of Teddy Co, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Veronica Velasco, Jennifer Laurel, Oggs Cruz, Raymond Diamzon, Raymond Lee, Kathleen Pador and Ronald Arguelles -- has selected 13 film projects for the festival, with three receiving a P2-million production budget, and the other ten getting P1 million each.

"This is a highly anticipated project as we have seven first-time feature length debuts and a trio of entertaining dramatic themes tackled by world-class filmmakers in the new division of P2-million budget.  We are also breaking new ground as we offer more voices from the different regions of the country. The best thing about this year is that we have more titles for production that’s why we’re all so excited.  There will definitely be more work for us but it’s all worth it,” said Arguelles, the channel head of Cinema One.

The three projects which were awarded a P2-million production budget are “Mariposa Sa Hawla ng Gabi” by Richard Somes, a tale of an innocent woman who unravels horrible truths while in search of her long lost sister in the city; “Lourdes” by Adolfo Alix, a film about a typical Filipino mother in a non-stereotypical kind of profession, living a dark shadowy life in Manila City’s underground; and “Baybayin” by Auraeus Solito, a unique tale of two half sisters who fall in love with a man who can’t hear and speak to them, proof that love can speak even in silence.

The ten other film projects with a P1-million production budget, meanwhile, are the following:

  • “Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim” by Arnel Mardoquio, a film about a boy's journey to safety after his parents are killed in a gun war;
  • “Catnip” by Kevin Dayrit, a psychological film about two friends who despite their differences find comfort in being together;
  • “Melodrama Negra” by Ma. Isabel Legarda, a black comedy which follows the “life” of three dead people who find unanticipated things in Quezon City;
  • “Slumber Party” by Emmanuel Dela Cruz, a comedy about fraternity initiations and homosexuality;
  • "Pascalina” by Pam Miras, a story of a simple girl who, after visiting her dying aunt, experiences changes in her life that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity;
  • “Anak Araw” by Gym Lumbera, a fable that talks about the colonial illusion of an albino who believes that he is a son of an American; 
  • “Mekaniko ni Monica” by Cesar Hernando, a film set in the '50s about a man who struggles between fighting for his love for country and his new found love;
  • “Aberya” by Christian Linaban, a film about love, sex, and psychedelic potions which intertwine the lives of four people in one night;
  • “Palitan” by Ato Bautista, a film that depicts the life of lovers who find themselves asphyxiated and trapped in an erotic triangle; and
  • “Mamay Umeng” by Dwein Baltazar, a film about an 84-year-old woman who, alone and waiting, prays not for long life, but for a fast escape.

Creative Programs Inc., the cable production subsidiary of ABS-CBN, is responsible for the film festival as well as the production of the movies, which will start this month.

The 13 films will be publicly screened in November 2012, and will compete against each other in the Cinema One Originals 2012 awards night. is the news website of ABS-CBN.