Podium Hall hosts launch of Sinag Maynila 2020

    78
    Documentary finalists: Cris Bringas, Jerel Travezonda, Rica Arevalo, Kimberly Ilaya, and Donnie Sacueza with Tieng(4th from left) and Mendoza(6th from left) with Dizon(5th from left)
    Documentary finalists: Cris Bringas, Jerel Travezonda, Rica Arevalo, Kimberly Ilaya, and Donnie Sacueza with Tieng(4th from left) and Mendoza(6th from left) with Dizon(5th from left)

    Sinag Maynila focuses its spotlight on “Sine Lokal, Pang-International” on its sixth year.

    A joint project of Solar Entertainment, Centerstage Productions, and SM, the festival seeks to inspire, educate, and enlighten the viewing public. In its sixth year of providing independent filmmakers a brand- new platform to showcase their stories, Sinag Maynila will feature three competition sections, noteworthy international exhibition films and a variety of cinema-related activities. It happens from March 17 to 24.

    The finalists, presented during the recent press conference at the Podium Hall, were handpicked by Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and Festival Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza. These include full-length feature films: “He Who is Without Sin” by Jason Paul Laxamana, “The Highest Peak” by Arnel Barbarona, “Kintsugi” (Broken) by Lawrence Fajardo, and “Latay” (Battered Husband) by Ralston Jover.

    Short film finalists: Juan Carlo Tarobal, Arvin Belarmino, Blasgil Tanquilut, Mick Quito, Hubert Tibi, Joey Paras, Yssa Valdes, Angela Andres, and Abby Sandigan with Tieng, Mendoza and Dizon
    Short film finalists: Juan Carlo Tarobal, Arvin Belarmino, Blasgil Tanquilut, Mick Quito, Hubert Tibi, Joey Paras, Yssa Valdes, Angela Andres, and Abby Sandigan with Tieng, Mendoza and Dizon

    Documentary category finalists include “A Remembering of Disremembering” by Cris Bringas, “Agos” by Jerel Travezonda, “Coal Story, Bro” by RA Rivera, “Kung Saan Ka Happy: An A.D.N. Story” by Kimberly Ilaya, “Mga Bayaning Ayta” by Donnie Sacueza; and “Vahay: A Documentary on The Ivatan House” by Rica Arevalo.

    Competing in the short film category are “Ang Kaibigan ni Imaginary F.” by Joey Paras, “Dasal” by Angela Andres, “Leave Notes” by Yssa Valdes, “Nilalang (Of Being and Deceit)” by Juan Carlos Tarobal, “Pabasa kan Pasyon” by Hubert Tibi, “Silang Mga Nakatago sa Dilim” by Diana Manguiat and Angelica Nitura, “Supot” by Philip Giordano, “Tahanan” by Mick Quito, “Tarang (Life’s Pedal)” by Arvin Belarmino and Patsy Ferrer, and “Together” by Blasgil Tranquilut.

    Winners of the competition will be announced at the Gabi ng Parangal to be held on March 22 at The Conrad Hotel Manila.

    Sinag Maynila 2020 will also feature a Film Appreciation Workshop featuring the 44th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture “Mindanao” by Brillante Mendoza on March 21, 1 p.m. at SM Megamall.

    The festival will also focus on promoting filmmaking collaborations between the Philippines and other countries. This year’s partnership with the Asian Film Festival (AFF) based in Rome, Italy, will feature an exchange of feature films from the two festivals. AFF’s “La paranza dei bambini” by Claudio Giovannesi is the festival’s closing film; while “Dafne” by Federico Bondi will be screening at the UP-Film Institute’s run of Sinag Maynila.

    Beginning March 25, AFF unveils in Rome and will be opening with Mendoza’s “Mindanao.”

    It will also be showing some of Sinag Maynila’s notable films as well as some Solar Pictures’ released films.