In a press conference held November 29 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City, the Metro Manila Film Festival Organizing Committee headed by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino presents this year’s finalists for the New Wave Category.
“I am in awe and so proud that in just five years, the New Wave Section has not only made a name for itself in its own right in the independent film scene, but more importantly, it has become an actively sought-out avenue for filmmakers to showcase their works. It has expanded to accommodate our young students and animators who are eager to share their stories and find their own voice through the art of films. Even Cinephone, a cellphone movie making contest for high school and college students nationwide, has given creative beginners a chance to shoot their films with a camera phone,” Tolentino during his opening remarks.
Five films for the Full Feature were chosen, 6 for the Student Short Films and 5 Animated Features were announced as the 2014 MMFF New Wave Finalists.
A story about woman who is being tormented about her demons due to the sins she and her twin committed in past, an un-usual story about the getting to know relationship of a mother and son, a story about casket maker, a journalist’s story on warring clans and quest for justice and a story of a schizophrenic girl and her quest in finding her true love, make it as this year’s finalists.
“It takes passion, courage and a whole lot of guts to pursue independent filmmaking. It is risky, full of challenges, and sometimes disappointment. But as great as those challenges are, the rewards and recognition are far greater. The New Wave Section has been more than fortunate to share its cause with all of you, and for that, we are thankful,” he added.
Here is the complete list of the 2014 MMFF New Wave category:
Gemini – Black Swan Pictures, Directed by Ato Bautista
M. (Mother’s Maiden Name) – Eight Films, Directed by Zig Dulay
Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker) – Ato Entertainment Productions,Directed by Jason Paul Lacsamana
Maratabat (Pride and Honor) – Blank Pages Production, Directed by Arlyn Dela Cruz
Mulat – DVeut Productions, Directed by Ma. Diane Ventura
Student Short Films
Kalaw – Asia Pacific Film Institute
Kubli – Far Eastern University
Siyanawa – Southern Luzon State University (Main Campus)
Bimyana – De La Salle – College of St. Benilde
Ang Soltera – De La Salle Lipa
Bundok Chubibo – University of the Philippines
An Maogmang Lugar – Ateneo de Naga University
Cherry – Yawp! Studio
Gymsnatch – School of Design and Arts, College of St. Benilde
Isip Bata – Alibata Productions
Shifter – Jerico Valentino C. Fuentes
This year’s entries will be shown at the Glorietta 4 and SM Megamall cinemas from December 17 to 24, 2014.
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