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Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2013 (November 10-19, 2013)
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:43:00 AM »
Cinema One Originals. Ronald said that Cinema One regularly holds outdoor screening events. He cited Boracay during the summer and upcoming in time for Halloween is the Tagalog-dubbed Mario Maurer horror-comedy Pee Mak.

He also mentioned the much-awaited Cinema One Originals Film Festival. This year, it will be held November 10-19 in three cinemas: Glorietta, Robinsons Galleria, and Trinoma.

The film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon by the late director Eddie Romero will open the festival. This 1976 classic film has been newly restored by ABS-CBN and Central Digital Lab. It stars Christopher de Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia and Leopoldo Salcedo. 

There will be 15 films in competition. Five in the Cinema One Plus (P2 million budget) category, namely: Kabisera, directed by Borgy Torre and starring Joel Torre, Meryll Soriano, Bernard Palanca, Art Acuña, Bing Pimentel, Ketchup Eusebio, and Carlo Cruz; Woman of the Ruins, directed by Keith and starring Alessandra de Rossi, Art Acuña, Elizabeth Oropesa, Peque Gallaga, and Chanel Latorre; Alamat Ni China Doll, directed by Adolf Alix Jr. and starring Cesar Montano and Maja Salvador; Blu Bustamante, directed by Miko Livelo and starring Joem Bascon, Dimples Romana, Jun Sabayton, and Jhiz Manabat; and Sitio, directed by Mes De Guzman and starring RK Bagatsing, Arnold Reyes and Adrian Sebastian. 
 
There are ten films in the Cinema One Currents (P1 million budget) category: Angustia, directed by Kristian Cordero and Alex Medina, Maria Isabel Lopez, and Michelle Smith; Saturday Night Chills, directed by Ian Loreños  and starring Joseph Marco, Rayver Cruz, and Mateo Guidicelli; Bendor, directed by Ralston Jover and starring Vivian Velez ; Shift, directed by Siege Ledesma and starring Yeng Constantino and Felix Roco; A Philippino Story, by Benjie Garcia and starring Mark Gil and Jun Jun Quintaña; Islands, by Whammy Alcazaren and starring Benjamin Alves, Luis Alandy, Mercedes Cabral, and Anita Linda; Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na, by Jet Leyco and starring Nika Santiago, Raul Morit, and Dan de Guzman; Iskalawags, by Keith Deligero featuring children from Camotes Island; Ang Pagbabalat Ng Ahas, by Timmy Harn and starring Jaime Fabregas, Liza Lorena, Mervin and Kay Brondial; Riddles of my Homecoming, by Arnel Mardoquio and starring Fe Hyde, Perry Dizon, and Madz Garcia.

From dramas to romantic comedies to action, the movies deal with a myriad of topics set in diverse places—Chinatown, Quiapo, Corregidor, a call center office, Nueva Vizcaya, Camotes Islands, and an upscale gated subdivision.

Of the new breed of filmmakers and fresh picks of stories, Ronald said: “Our films this year are really different, for those craving new things. Our tagline is ‘Wag kang pahuhuli’ because it’s all about being different, young, new, edgy… not for the ordinary.”

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Re: Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2013 (November 10-19, 2013)
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CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (showing Nov 11-19 @ Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Robinsons Galleria cinemas)
24 June 2013 at 12:24
9th CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS Digital Film Festival 2013 (November 2013)
 
CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS is an independent digital film festival annually produced by Cinema One, one of the alternative and cable channels of ABS-CBN, the largest network in the Philippines, with Mr. Ronald Arguelles as Channel Head. 
 
From a good number of full length scripts submitted to the screening committee, they got 5 films for the Cinema One Plus category (with Php 2 million film grant), and 10 films for the Cinema One Currents category (with Php 1 million film grant), based on the quality of scripts and presentation of the filmmakers.
 
SHOWING of these exciting new indie films will be on Nov. 11-19, 2013 in trinoma, glorietta 4, and robinsons galleria cinemas... opening film on Nov 10, 2013, 7 PM, will be the restored version of "Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon" in trinoma cinema.
 
Below is the list of the OFFICIAL FINALISTS for this year (NOTE:  full cast list is in progress)
 
CINEMA ONE PLUS Category (P2M budget):
SITIO (dark comedy) -- Director:  MES DE GUZMAN / A family from the city returns to the province in search of a simpler life but instead find problems and setbacks. / Starring:  John Prats, Ria Garcia, Anja Aguilar, Biboy Ramirez, RK Bagatsing, Jess Mendoza, and Arnold Reyes
ALAMAT NG CHINA DOLL (drama) -- Director: ADOLFO ALIX, JR. / The life of a high school girl on an idyllic island takes a drastic turn before graduation after an article is published. / Starring:  Angelica Panganiban
WOMAN OF THE RUINS (mystery-drama) -- Director: KEITH SICAT / On a storm-ravaged island, a person returns from the dead ignites reactions from fear to ecstatic religious fervour. /  Starring:  Alessandra de Rossi, Art Acuña, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanel Latorre, and Peque Gallaga
BLU BUSTAMANTE (comedy) -- Director: MIKO LIVELO / Finding himself unemployed in Japan, a Filipino migrant worker becomes a double for a superhero character on a TV show / Starring:  Joem Bascon, Dimples Romana, Jhiz Deocareza, and Jun Sabayton
KABISERA (action) -- Director: BORGY TORRE / A former film editor and short film-maker raises the action stakes. / Starring:  Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Meryll Soriano, Bernard Palanca, Bing Pimentel, Carlo Cruz, and Ketchup Eusebio
 
CINEMA ONE CURRENTS Catgory (P1M budget):
BENDOR (drama) -- Director:  RALSTON JOVER / A woman who defies her fate as a wife, a mother, an ambulant vendor, and illegal abortion pill seller. / Starring:  Vivian Velez, Chanel Latorre
BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA (drama) -- Director:  JET LEYCO / A four-part narrative of three related occurrences caused by the tragic accidents of a Filipino-Spanish priest. / Starring:  Nika Santiago, Raul Morit, and Dan de Guzman
ANGUSTIA (period-regional drama) -- Director:  KRISTIAN CORDERO / In 19th Century Bicolandia, a Spanish friar falls for an indigenous woman, but paranoia soon drives him to murder. / Starring:  Alex Vincent Medina, Maria Isabel Lopez, and Michelle Smith
ISKALAWAGS (comedy) -- Dierector:  KEITH DELIGERO / Reflections on a man's coming-of-age during his teenage years in a small town. / Featuring the children from Camotes Island, Cebu City
RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING (drama) -- Director:  ARNEL MARDOQUIO / In Mindanao, there is a traditional belief that when a person dies his soul goes back to his homeland. /  Starring:  Fe Hyde, Perry Dizon, and Madz Garcia
ISLANDS (science-fiction) -- Director:  WHAMMY ALCAZAREN / A spacecraft lands within the geography of a fictional film, blurring reality and reel fiction. / Starring:  Luis Alandy, Benjamin Alves, Meryll Soriano, Irma Adlawan, Marita Zobel, Jhiz Deocareza, Alizon Andres, Acey Aguilar, Anna Luna, and Peque Gallaga
ANG PAGBABALAT NG AHAS (comedy) -- Director:  TIMMY HARN / A lower middle-class family moves in to an upper middle-class village where a mad scientist has a serpentine secret. / Starring:  Mervin Brondial, Kay Brondial, Sebastian Karl Sanchez, Jaime Fabregas, Gio Alvarez, Liza Lorena, Charles Aaron Salazar, and Rox Lee
PHILIPPINO STORY (drama) -- Director:  BENJIE GARCIA / A cautionary tale about the dangers of casual male prostitution / Starring:  Mark Gil and Jun-Jun Quintana
SHIFT (love story-drama) -- Director: SIEGE LEDESMA / The unconventional relationship between an idealistic call centre slacker and her pragmatic gay senior colleague. / Starring:  Yeng Constantino and Felix Roco
SATURDAY NIGHT CHILLS -- Director:  IAN LOREÑOS / A story about three friends in Chinatown and how the dark world of underground sports gambling changed their lives. / Starring:  Rayver Cruz, Joseph Marco, and Matteo Guidicelli
 
Congratulations to all filmmakers and production staff who made it this year for CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS and looking forward to your masterpieces from November 11-19, 2013!

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PEP Guide to 2013 Cinema One Originals Plus

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on November 5, 2013  STATS: 1332 Views | 0 Comments

Now on its ninth year, the Cinema One Originals Film Festival offers an “unpredictable” lineup this 2013.

The fifteen full-length entries will be screened from November 11-19 at Glorietta, Trinoma, and Robinsons Galleria.

What differentiates Cinema One Originals from other film festivals being held in the country?

Ronald Arguelles, Cinema One channel head and festival director, pointed out during a press conference held recently at the ABS-CBN compound:

“Cinema One ang pinaka-risky pagdating sa pagpili ng konsepto ng mga scripts. Wala kaming agenda kung anong gagawin namin, wala kaming framework or template kung anong klaseng pelikula. Ang pagiging unpredictable ng lineup namin ang plus factor ng Cinema One Originals.”

This year’s edition also boasts of two campus tours, 10 short films, 5 Biogesic shorts, and a screening of the digitally restored version of Eddie Romero's classic film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?

The campus tours will take place from November 5-7 at the College of St. Benilde and at the Far Eastern University on November 7.

The November 10 opening night at Trinoma will feature the special screening of the restored version of Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon (1976). Directed by the late National Artist Eddie Romero, this romantic musical drama stars Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, and Eddie Garcia.

Just like last year, the chosen entries were divided into two categories: Cinema One Plus and Cinema One Currents.

Each category will have its own set of jury members to choose the winners. “May ibang jury para sa Cinema One Plus and may ibang set of jury para sa Cinema One Currents. Dalawang set of awards except sa Audience Choice award,” said Mr. Arguelles.

The red-carpet awards night will take place on November 16 at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN compound.

The five films in the Plus category were awarded with a P2 million budget each while the ten entries in the Currents category have a budget of P1 million each.

In the 10th edition of Cinema One Originals next year, there will no longer be any distinction since all the chosen entries will receive a grant of P2 million each.

The five films under the Cinema One Plus (P2 million budget) category offer themes that are largely unexplored. These are Adolf Alix Jr.’s Alamat ni China Doll, Alfonso “Borgy” Torre III’s Kabisera, Mes de Guzman’s Sitio, Keith Sicat’s Woman of the Ruins, and Miko Livelo’s Blue Bustamante.

Meanwhile, ten other films received P1 million each and were classified under the Cinema One Currents category.

These are Angustia, directed by Kristian Cordero and Alex Medina, and Maria Isabel Lopez; Saturday Night Chills, directed by Ian Loreños  and starring Joseph Marco, Rayver Cruz, and Mateo Guidicelli; Bendor, directed by Ralston Jover and starring Vivian Velez; Shift, directed by Siege Ledesma and starring Yeng Constantino and Felix Roco; A Philippino Story, by Benjie Garcia and starring Mark Gil and Jun Jun Quintaña; Islands, by Whammy Alcazaren and starring Benjamin Alves, Luis Alandy, Mercedes Cabral, and Anita Linda; Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na, by Jet Leyco and starring Nika Santiago, and Raul Morit; Iskalawags, by Keith Deligero featuring children from Camotes Island; Ang Pagbabalat Ng Ahas, by Timmy Harn and starring Jaime Fabregas, and Liza Lorena; and Riddles of my Homecoming, by Arnel Mardoquio and starring Fe Hyde, Perry Dizon, and Madz Garcia.

Cinema One Plus directors Mes de Guzman, Keith Sicat, and Miko Livelo were present at the press conference while Borgy Torre and Adolf Alix were both unable to attend.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the directors to narrate where they got the idea for their movies.

Mes de Guzman said he has had the concept for Sitio for a long time already. “Ang concept talaga tungkol sa isang family na na-invade at ayaw na umalis ng tatlong lalaki na ito. Mga laborers sila. Nung may mga nakabasa, sabi nila parang Straw Dogs raw pero hindi ganun. Ito kasi invasion. Pumasok sila sa bahay, nagluluto sila, kumukha ng pagkain at ang approach ko dito parang dark comedy siya.”

He revealed that he accepted suggestions from cast members regarding the story, which is why only 50 to 75 percent of his original script was retained.

“Maraming ideas na nanggaling sa mga artista kaya medyo hindi nasunod ang script. Siguro fifty percent to seventy-five percent, yun pa rin naman ang main concept. Para sa akin, iba ito sa pelikula ko kasi yung pacing mabilis saka ang acting exaggerated. First indie film rin ito ni John Prats kaya aabangan talaga.”

Direk Mes is the filmmaker behind Nora Aunor’s recent film, Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti; the Ama Quiambao-starrer Diablo (2012); and Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong (2005).

For his part, Keith Sicat said that Woman of the Ruins is a product of war stories that he heard from his father.

“Yung images ng pelikula mula sa mga kuwento ng tatay ko ng mga experiences niya during World War II. Kumbaga, ‘Manila burning,’ napaka-epic ng image na yun. So na-impress yun sa akin as a young boy. Ang tatay ko galing sa San Fernando, Pampanga kunsaan kilala ang mga Lenten rites na medyo matindi tulad ng Crucifixion sa Cutud. Lahat ng images na ‘yan, naghalo-halo na into what became the script.”

Miko Livelo admitted: “Laking ‘90s kid ako. Lumaki ako sa mga Bioman, Masked Man…Lumaki ako sa mga comedy films nina Tito, Vic and Joey at Andrew E. Ang Blue Bustamante ay based sa lahat ng kinalakihan ko na comedy films at lahat ng gusto kong Japanese pop culture. Noong una kong ginawa ang Blue Bustamante, love story talaga siya pero hindi ako romantic type na lalaki talaga kaya tinapon ko yun. So naging father-and-son story tungkol sa isang OFW at set during the 1990s. Kuwento siya ng tatay na nagtrabaho sa Japan pero nawalan siya ng trabaho dun. Nag-end up siya na stunt man sa isang show na parang Bioman.”

According to Direk Miko, they employed “ninja guerrilla shooting” in Japan just to finish the movie. 

Bing Pimentel, one of the stars of the crime drama Kabisera, revealed: “The first time that I met Borgy Torre, I asked him where he got the concept and he said that he was inspired by the story of a fisherman who found cocaine in Romblon. But he made up this story because he is also obsessed with The Sopranos so he combined that inspiration with The Sopranos.”   



CINEMA ONE PLUS (P2 million budget)

Alamat ni China Doll

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Written by: Lav Diaz
Cast: Angelica Panganiban, Cherry Pie Picache, Cesar Montano, Phillip Salvador, Anita Linda, Allan Paule, and Evelyn Vargas


Featuring a screenplay written by Lav Diaz, Alamat ni China Doll is about a 27-year-old woman named Helen (played by Angelica Panganiban) who is keen on graduating from high school and starting a new life—but once she gets her hands on a recently published article on the truth about “China Doll,” she realizes details that shed light on her haunting past.

According to Mr. Arguelles, Alamat ni China Doll is about a young girl trying to hide her past. “Kuwento ito ni Helen na nagtatago sa isang island. Malalaman ang history tungkol sa character niya dahil may napublish na report tungkol sa mga ginawa niya before. Lalabas siya sa island dahil may kailangang gawin sa city kasi binulgar ng isang diyaryo ang kanyang nakaraan.”

Cesar Montano plays the journalist who holds the key to the truth while Phillip Salvador is cast as an NBI officer who knows China Doll.


Blue Bustamante

Director: Miko Livelo
Written by: Miko Livelo and Joel Ferrer
Cast: Joem Bascon, Jun Sabayton, Dimples Romana, and Jhiz Deocareza

Blue Bustamante is a family drama comedy, which is about an OFW (played by Joem Bascon) who suddenly finds himself jobless in Japan. Looking for anything to do, he meets a Sentai director who convinces him to be a double for Blue Force, a superhero character in an upcoming Japanese superhero show.

Joem spent a week in Kofu, Japan to shoot scenes of the movie. For the film, he wore a superhero costume that looks similar to Bioman. The actor admits, “Inside the suit, mahirap gumalaw, e.”

Jun Sabayton, who plays Joem’s co-worker in the movie, says that this film reflects the situation of kids who grew up with parents who worked abroad. “Ito ang generation na nag-OFW ang mga magulang namin so ito ang impact sa amin.”


Kabisera

Director: Borgy Torre
Written by: Vicente Garcia Groyon
Cast: Joel Torre, Art Acuña, Bing Pimentel, Bernard Palanca, Ketchup Eusebio, and Meryll Soriano


Kabisera is an action film that details one man’s transformation from a naive, innocent character into a ruthless father and friend upon finding a huge amount of illegal substances that he can easily make money out of. Kabisera ultimately leads to the question: If given the chance to make big bucks out of something as dangerous as dealing drugs, what would you do?

Art Acuña says their film tackles complicated human relationships. “It’s not just simple human relationships because it’s about human relationships in very awkward, strange, unnatural circumstances. What happens to those relationships that are solid? Do they get strained? Do they go black or white? You don't know.

“Ang plus factor ng Kabisera is that it's not just a family story or a story about a friendship. It's a story about what you do when pushed to extreme circumstances and what happens to your relationships when you're pushed to that circumstance."


Sitio

Written and directed by: Mes de Guzman
Cast: John Prats, Ria Garcia, Anja Aguilar, Arnold Reyes, Biboy Ramirez, RK Bagatsing, and Jess Mendoza

Direk Mes describes his film Sitio as a “barriotic psychological thriller.” It tells the tale of upper middle class siblings who try to find the meaning of a simpler life by moving from the city to the province. However, unknown to them are the terrors and threats that really lie in the rural landscape.

John Prats spent a week in Nueva Vizcaya to shoot his first indie film. He points out, “Malayong-malayo ito sa mainstream. Ramdam mo ang passion at hindi dahil may gusto silang i-please. Nakakaaadik gumawa [ng indie film] kasi parang nabubusog ako, yung pagkatao ko as an actor. Yun ang malaking factor kung bakit gustong-gusto ko gawin ang indie films. Looking forward [to] more. Gutom na gutom po talaga ako."

The lead actor of the movie says the conflict of the movie lies in the vast differences between city and rural life. “Ang pelikula tungkol sa dalawang kultura: ang kultura ng taga-Maynila at taga- Nueva Vizcaya na nag-clash. Noong ginagawa namin ang pelikula, [na-realize ko] na hindi pala kailangan na psychotic ang mga karakter para katakutan. Minsan kahit sobrang bait ng tao, nakakatakot din."


Woman of the Ruins

Director: Keith Sicat
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Art Acuña, Chanel Latorre, Elizabeth Oropesa, and Peque Gallaga

Woman of the Ruins is a science fiction movie that brings its viewers to a storm-ravaged island that has seen its share of tragedy. A woman who has been assumed dead mysteriously reappears and ignites a frenzy of reactions, ranging from ecstatic religious fervor to cold, chilling fear.

Alessandra de Rossi plays the mysterious woman in the film. According to Alex, her most difficult scenes in the movie involved shooting underwater scenes in the ocean. “Na-realize ko na hindi pala ako sirena. All this time, pinagmamalaki ko na mermaid ako pero hindi pala. Nag-retire ako bigla. Mula 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. nasa tubig ako. Na-realize ko na may kinakatakutan pala ako sa buhay kasi akala ko wala.

“Hindi ko kaya ang zero visibility, yung blue lang. Kahit iniisip kong may tao [scuba divers] sa baba, ayoko pa rin. Ang dami kong sugat at peklat dahil sa movie na ito.”

Art Acuña plays the husband who has been waiting for the return of his beloved for seven years. He describes the film as “metaphysical” while depicting “deep, deep love.” Art adds, “Magic is what science can’t explain. It brings to a family and a town some sort of magic and they can't understand it."

Direk Keith says his film aims to depict “what would happen if society's pressures are compounded on a single person. Expectations are raised and roles are ascribed and how very meaningful good intentions can be twisted into something very violent and very evil.”

Shot for ten days in Corregidor, Woman of the Ruins is described by Direk Keith as having “an atmosphere which is apocalyptic but not in a fictional sense."

http://www.pep.ph/guide/indie/12824/pep-guide-to-2013-cinema-one-originals-plus

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'Plus' factor in Cinema One Originals Filmfest 2013
BY IRA AGTING
POSTED ON 11/02/2013 7:17 AM  | UPDATED 11/03/2013 7:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – On its 9th year, the Cinema One Originals Film Festival has grown its roster of films from 6 titles in 2005 to 15 full-length movies in 2013.

Starting last year, the film entries were split into two categories, Plus and Currents, based on the movies' blockbuster potential and market appeal. According to Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles, entries in the Plus categories are the "most commercial" of all the entries. Films in the Plus category may possibly reach out to a wider audience than those in the Currents.

Five films in the Plus category were each awarded P2 million grants, while the 10 selections in the Currents category were each given P1 million.

In 2012, only 3 films were part of the the pioneer batch of Plus category movies. Arguelles said that the festival seeks to do away with the Currents category and double the Plus entries in celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary in 2014. Next year, 10 films are set to receive the P2 million grants.

Arguelles said the festival differs from other film fests in terms of its "risky" selection process, creating an "unpredictable line-up." He emphasized that the process was free from "agenda, framework, or template" in choosing concepts.

Discovering talent

The Cinema One Originals selection process, Arguelles said, gave way to the then undiscovered talents of now multiawarded filmmakers Jerrold Tarog ("Confessional"), Richard Somes ("Ishmael"), and Rico Ilarde ("Altar), among others.

Among the most-lauded entries since the festival's beginning include "Sa North Diversion Road" by Dennis Marasigan (2005), "Huling Balyan ng Buhi" by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2006), "Confessional" by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto (2007), "Imburnal" by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2008), "Wanted: Border" by Ray Defante Gibraltar (2009), "Layang Bilanggo" by Mike Dagñalan (2010), "Ka Oryang" by Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena (2011), and "Pascalina" by Pam Miras (2012).

This year's festival will run from November 11 to 19 in Glorietta, Trinoma, and Robinson's Galleria cinemas. The festival will also hold two campus tours and a showing of a digitally restored version of Eddie Romero's 1970s award-winning film "Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?"

Here are the films for the Cinema One Plus category:

"Alamat ni China Doll" by Adolfo Alix Jr

27-year-old Hellen, who lives with her grandmother in an island in the South, is intent on graduating from high school and starting a new life. Her plans are derailed when she comes across a published article detailing the "truth about China Doll." She struggles to make sense of the revelation as she is confronted by her past.

The film stars Angelica Panganiban, Cesar Montano, Anita Linda, and Phillip Salvador.

"Blue Bustamante" by Miko Livelo

First-time film director Miko Livelo laughs that this may be first PG-rated indie film. Actor Jun Sabatyon said that the film may be an alternative for those tired of heavy socio-political dramas or gay films.

"Blue Bustamante" was inspired by Livelo's fondness of '90s Pinoy comedies and Japanese anime. The film, shot in Japan, narrates the story of a jobless Overseas Filipino Worker who agrees to double for Blue Force, a superhero character cast in an upcoming Japanese show.

The film is marketed as a comedy, although Livelo said that it was originally a love story. He decided to make it a typical Filipino family story instead. After two failed attempts at joining local film festivals, the rookie director said he is both relieved and nervous to be in the same category as more experienced directors.

The film stars Jun Sabayton, Joem Bascon, Dimples Romana, and Jhiz Deocareza.

"Kabisera" by Borgy Torre

Borgy Torre's "Kabisera" is an action film tracing a character's transformation from an innocent family man to a ruthless drug dealer.

Actor Art Acuna described "Kabisera" as a film about the complexity of human relationships.

"Human relationships in very awkward, strange, unnatural circumstances," he said. "What happens to those relationships that are solid? Do they get strained, do they go black or white? You don't know."

He went on to say that the film's plus factor lies in the fact that it's not just a family story or a story about a friendship. "It's a story about what you do when pushed to extreme circumstances and what happens to your relationships when you're pushed to that circumstance."

The film stars Joel Torre, Art Acuna, Bernard Palanca, Meryll Soriano, Bing Pimentel, and Ketchup Eusebio.

"Sitio" by Mes de Guzman

Described by its director as a "barriotic psychological thriller," "Sitio" revolves around upper middle-class siblings who move to the province in search of a simpler life. Little do they know, there are terrors underneath a seemiingly peaceul rural life.

Mes de Guzman said that the film is an experimental dark comedy where the actors had freedom to show their "extreme acting abilities."

Actor John Prats said that the film's true horror lay in its subtlety, where the characters did not need to be psychotic to be terrifying.

"Minsan kahit sobrang bait ng tao, nakakatakot din." (Sometimes, even the kindest person can be frightening.)

The film is Prats' first venture into the indie scene, and he described the experience as "addictive."

"Kaya nakakaaadik gumawa kasi parang nabubusog ako, yung pagkatao ko as an actor. Looking forward [to] more. Gutom na gutom po talaga ako." (It's addictive, because I feel like my hunger as an actor is satisfied. I'm looking forward to more. I am really, really hungry.)

The film stars John Prats, Biboy Ramirez, RK Bagatsing, Ria Garcia, and Anja Aguilar.

"Woman of the Ruins" Keith Sicat

Science fiction film "Woman of the Ruins" is set in a storm-ravaged island where a person who was assumed dead mysteriously resurfaces.

"[The film] has an atmosphere which is apocalyptic but not in a fictional sense," explained director Keith Sicat, who pointed out that the threat of an "apocalypse" has surfaced several times in history, through world wars and natural disasters.

Sicat said the film delved into the evil that could arise when society's pressures are compounded on a single person. Actor Art Acuna added that the film also showcases "deep, deep love."

"It brings to a family some sort of magic and they can't understand it."

In an interesting twist, veteran director Peque Gallaga appears in the film as an actor. The "Oro, Plata, Mata" director described acting as a "wonderful intense experience," void of the responsibilities of directing.

"One thing I do when I act, I make sure I don't direct at all. I don't even look at the monitor because I start directing myself. Its so nice to release the responsibility," he said.

Sicat admitted he felt pressure directing Gallaga, but considered the experience "magical and inspirational."

The film stars Alessandra de Rossi, Art Acuna, Elizabeth Oropesa, and Peque Gallaga.

Here are the entries for the Cinema One Currents:

The following summaries are from the Cinema One Originals Facebook page.

1. "Angustia" by Kristian Cordero
Period- Regional. Set in 19th Century Bicolandia, a Spanish friar falls for a woman of indigenous origins. Until paranoia drives the Spanish friar to murder.

2 "Ang Pagbabalat ng Ahas" by Timmy Harn
Genre film/comedy. A lower middle-class family moves in to an upper middle-class village where a mad scientist is keeping a snake-man.

3. "Islands" by Whammy Alcazaren
Experimental/Science Fiction. A spacecraft lands through the geographies of the fictional film, ISLANDS and the reality in which it is being filmed as a movie.

4. "Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na" by Jet Leyco
A four-part narrative of three related occurrences caused by tragic accident of a Filipino-Spanish priest.

5. "Iskalawags" by Keith Deligero
Comedy. An aching tale of friendship, youth, and a journey towards self-discovery in this small-town coming of age story. Intoy, takes us back to show us how those teenage days felt like. To be shot in Camotes Island, Cebu.

6. "The Suffocating Eternity of an Imagined Purgatory" (tentative title) by Joseph Laban
Horror. Kids go missing in an Island in Marinduque, believed to be “kidnapped” by the spirits of the sea.

7. "A Philippino Story" by Benjamin Garcia
Drama. A cautionary tale about the dangers of male prostitution

8. "Shift" by Seige Ledesma
Love Story/Drama. When an idealistic, tomboyish, call center slacker is mentored by a pragmatic, gay senior agent, an unconventional relationship blossoms that would challenge their most personal convictions

9. "Bendor" by Ralston Jover
Drama. 40 days before the annual Good Friday procession of the miraculous 400-year-old Black Nazarene statue at the Quiapo church in Manila, an early morning mass is disrupted when a candle vendor finds a blood-soaked box with a dead fetus inside.

10. "Riddles of my Homecoming" by Arnel Mardoquio
Drama. The Lumads and Moros of Mindanao have a traditional belief that when a person dies his soul goes back to his homeland.

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WINNERS: 2013 CinemaOne Originals filmfest
BY IRA AGTING
POSTED ON 11/16/2013 2:35 PM  | UPDATED 11/17/2013 3:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Of the 15 titles from this year's CinemaOne Originals Digital Film Festival, Adolfo Alix Jr's “Ang Alamat ni China Doll” (Plus Category) and Jet Leyco's “Bukas Na Lang Sapagka't Gabi Na” (Currents Category) are the two best films in the awards night held on Saturday, November 16 at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater.

Among the big winners were Angelica Panganiban who took home the Best Actress award for "Alamat ng China Doll," and Joel Torre who was awarded Best Actor for "Kabisera," a film by his nephew and Best Director Borgy Torre.

Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga were the hosts for the evening, which featured performances from rappers Quest and Abra, The Voice finalists Radha Cuadrado and Maki Ricafort. A special number by KZ Tandingan and Mike Hanopol, who sang classic OPM hit "Laki Sa Layaw (Jeproks)" also delighted the audience.

Veteran director Elwood Perez and reknowned film producer Lily Monteverde were also given video tributes and awarded with the Philippine Cinema One Originals Award for their contribution to Pinoy cinema.

The festival held from November 11 to 19 featured 15 titles divided into the Plus and Currents categories, based on the films' commercial potential. The 5 most marketable concepts in the Plus category were each alloted P2 million grants, while 10 films in the Currents were given P1 million each.

In 2014, 10 films will be given the P2 million grant.

Since 2005, the festival has opened the door to independent productions and was one of the first to recognize the talents of now acclaimed directors Jerrold Tarog ("Confessional"), Richard Somes ("Ishmael"), and Rico Ilarde ("Altar"), among others.

Main Awards, Plus Category:

Best Director: Borgy Torre, “Kabisera”
Best Actor: Joel Torre, “Kabisera”
Best Actress: Angelica Panganiban, “Ang Alamat ni China Doll”
Best Supporting Actress: Bing Pimentel, "Kabisera"
Best Supporting Actor: Peque Gallaga, "Woman of the Ruins"
Best Sound: “Alamat ni China Doll”
Best Music: “Alamat ni China Doll”
Best Editing: “Alamat ni China Doll”
Best Production Design: “Blue Bustamante”
Best Cinematography: “Alamat ni China Doll”
Best Screenplay: "Sitio" by Mes De Guzman
Jury Award: “Sitio”
Main Awards, Currents Category:

Best Director: Arnel Mardoquio, "Riddles of My Homecoming"
Best Actor: Rayver Cruz, Matteo Gudicelli, Joseph Marco, "Saturday Night Chills"
Best Actress: Vivian Velez, "Bendor"
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Luna, "Bendor"
Best Supporting Actor: David Chua, "Saturday Night Chills"
Best Sound: “Islands”
Best Music: “Riddles of My Homecoming”
Best Editing: “Saturday Night Chills”
Best Production Design: “Riddles of My Homecoming”
Best Cinematography: “Riddles of My Homecoming"
Best Screenplay: “Bukas na lang Sapagka't Gabi Na” by Jet Leyco
Jury Award: "Riddles of my Homecoming"
Special Awards:

Audience Choice: "Woman of the Ruins" by Keith Sicat
Biogesic Ingat na Damang Dama Sineserye (by students): "Magic Touch" by Students from UE Caloocan
Philippine Cinema Originals Award: Director Elwood Perez and Producer Lily Monteverde
This year's winners:

Best Picture Currents: “Bukas Na Lang Sapagka't Gabi Na” by Jet Leyco
Best Picture Plus: “Alamat ni China Doll” by Adolfo Alix Jr
Best films from the past years:

"Sa North Diversion Road" by Dennis Marasigan (2005)
"Huling Balyan ng Buhi" by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2006)
"Confessional" by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto (2007)
"Imburnal" by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2008)
"Wanted: Border" by Ray Defante Gibraltar (2009)
"Layang Bilanggo" by Mike Dagñalan (2010)
"Ka Oryang" by Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena (2011)
"Pascalina" by Pam Miras (2012)
- Rappler.com

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