MANILA - From among the many, major national film festivals, Cinema One Originals Digital Movie Film Festival also stands out.
For this year alone, it has only five official entries namely “Si Baning, si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo,” “Bala Bala,” “Paano Ko Sasabihin?” “Wanted:Border” and “Maximus & Minimus.”
For one, it has a limited engagement to 5 days.
Compared to other Philippine film events, it has a simple tone but great results.
Although Cinema One Originals is under the umbrella of a more powerful telecommunications network, it has maintained its autonomy to assert its relevance in the quest for excellence in independent mode of filmmaking in the country.
As Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino Lito Zulueta has said not too long ago, productions in this film fest harvest experimental creations not only in content but in form as well.
Like any other local film fests, it also seemingly a box-office success.
Fashion designer and cineaste Albert Minguez quipped: “Ang daming tao sa Gateway theaters ngayon dahil sa Cinema One Originals.”
Movie writer Arthur Quinto echoed: “May ibang magic din ang Cinema One Originals.”
One of the reasons it attracted a large chunks of moviegoers was because its venue was held at the heart of the city, Gateway Mall in Cubao, which is more accessible to many cinema buffs and ordinary viewers alike.
More than that, classic Filipino films of contemporary makers has been re-shown to redefine and rediscover the meaning and importance of films in our daily lives.
The culmination activity of the fete ended Monday, but there were still people who were raring to see the list of films being exhibited.
Talented actors were never idle with the avalanche of indie movies when thespic force like Rosanna "Osang" Roces (in “Wanted Border”), Rio Locsin (“Si Baning, si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo”), and Baron Geisler (“Maximus & Minimus”) were given meaty roles and in turn gave their wonderful performances.
Newcomer Geraldine Tan was very happy and elated when she heard she was nominated in the best supporting actress category for “Si Baning...” but she lost to Locsin.
“I wasn't around during the awards night but director Milo Tolentino and Richard Legaspi (Tan's director in 'Paano ko sasabihin?”) had given me hint I was nominated. I felt very honored by a nomination. Imagine, I was just a beginner in their film and I got cited for my performance,” exclaimed Tan.
Osang, on the other hand, came to the initial showing of her “Wanted Border” piece. Aside from observation that Roces is slimmer, she was commended for her fine portrayal of her role.
Surely, a film event like this need not have the fanfare, but its substance speaks largely of it.
Below is the full list of winners. The awarding ceremony was held Sunday night at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: PAANO KO SASABIHIN?
BEST MUSIC: MALEK LOPEZ and ERWIN ROMULO, Wanted:Border
BEST SOUND: MARK LACCAY, Bala-Bala
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: ALF ALACAPA, JEFFREY WINSTON LAZARO and AMANDA NAVA, Wanted:Border
BEST EDITING: ANNA ISABELLE MATUTINA, Paano ko Sasabihin?
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: OGI SUGATAN, Wanted:Border
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: JAN HARLEY HICANA REBANAL for playing PAENG in SI BANING SI MAYMAY AT ANG ASONG SI BOBO
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: RIO LOCSIN, Si Baning, Si Maymay at ang Asong Si Bobo
BEST ACTRESS: ROSANNA ROCES, Wanted:Border
BEST ACTOR: MIKEL CAMPOS, Maximus&Minimus
BEST SCREENPLAY: RAY DEFANTE GIBRALTAR, Wanted:Border
BEST DIRECTOR: RAY DEFANTE GIBRALTAR, Wanted:Border
SPECIAL MENTION: PAANO KO SASABIHIN? Written and directed by Richard Legaspi, Red Room Productions, Line Producer: Karr Cotamora
BEST PICTURE: WANTED:BORDER written and directed by Ray Defante Gibraltar, Line Producer: Ms. Chits Jimenez
The Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival is produced and owned by Cinema One and the Creative Programs, Inc. through the annual Cinema One Originals project. -Report by Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com