Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and The Negros Museum, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Committee on Cinema, Design Brewers, and the province of Negros Occidental.
With the theme “Fuel to Burning Passion,” the festival was created to encourage a new breed of filmmakers to find their voices as Negrosanons, tell their stories through film, and develop appreciation on the importance of cinema and storytelling in the context of national identity, culture, and heritage.
The 3-day festival featured an exhibition of films by established and emerging Negrosanon filmmakers; a lecture-forum with speakers from the NCCA-Committee on Cinema, to include UP professor Patrick Campos, award-winning filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama, and Manunuring Pelikulang Pilipino chair, Tito Valiente; and a short-film competition component, with the competition theme “Negrense New Wave,” which means that this new competition is open to any form or genre as long as it reflects the sensibilities of the Negrense filmmaker and tells stories about Negros.
Nineteen films competed for 30 awards, judged by industry-based film practitioners, film archivists and historians, and award-winning filmmakers, who are members of NCCA-Committee on Cinema, to include the Board of Jury for Intercollegiate Category Ian Casocot - film and cultural educator and Visayas representative, Rosanni Sarile - Cinema Rehiyon festival director and Luzon representative, and Patrick Campos - film professor and education sector representative, with the Board of Jury for Open Category Baby Ruth Villarama - Sunday Beauty Queen's award-winning director and independent cinema sector representative, Teddy Co- film archive sector representative and NCCA-Committee on Cinema head, and Peque Gallaga - award-winning filmmaker and multi-media artist.
The awards are Kadungganan sang Makina-admanon for the most promising filmmakers of the Intercollegiate Category, and Kadungganan sang Hangkilan for the best filmmakers of the Open Category. The etymology of the award names are as follows: Kadungganan, meaning award, honor; Makina-admanon refers to someone with budding/promising talent from the root word kinaadman meaning talent; Hangkilan refers to someone masterful, skillful, and artistic.
?The eight Open Category entries were ‘Dalit' of Belle Kay Loyola (Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Actor to John Gilbert Arceo and Best Supporting Actor to Louie Dormido); ‘Alibungan' of Matthew Piodena (Jury's Choice Award, Best Screenplay and Best Editing); ‘Kaasab' of Vince Divinagracia (Best Musical Score and Best Supporting Actress to Kim Agnes); ‘Five Sorrowful Mysteries' of Shannan Gonzales (Best Cinematography); ‘Handuraw' of Gilbert Basilio (People's Choice Award); ‘Happy Birthday' of Gkie Eribaren (Best Actress to Denli Chavez); ‘Hawud' of Paul Venzi Florendo (Best Sound Design); and ‘Adobo' of Val Amiel Vestil.
There were 11 Intercollegiate Category entries, to include ‘Singgit sang Nalisdan' of Carlo Navarete, Silay Institute (Best Film, Best Screenplay, Special Citation for Emerging Negrense Filmmaker to Navarete and Best Actress to Lorince Gonzales); ‘ Asu' of Lorenzo Kenneth Dilag, CSA-B (Jury' Choice Award & Best Director); ‘Landong' of Joaquin Angelo Alpas, CSA-B (People's Choice Award, Best Musical Score and Best Supporting Actress to Mandela Marie Diadio ); ‘Kuebiko' of Lourdes Atenor, USLS (Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor to Charles Ea); ‘Kapit' of John Rey Jimenez & Gemma Acaling, CHMSC (Best Cinematography and Best Actor to Herbert Montero); ‘Pangalap' of Jessie Soberano & Mark Labrador (Best Sound Design); ‘Bihag' of Franklin Latris, CHMSC; ‘Hangkat sang Kapigaduhon' of Renz Osianas, CHMSC; ‘Hustisya Diin Ka' of Kathy Rose Magan, CHMSC; ‘Nene' of Stephanie Aliday, CHMSC; and ‘Paglas-ay sang Kalamay' of John Joseph Guilaran, USLS.
The 16 Exhibition entries were A-HSEIK (Manny Montelibano), Bonsai (Borgy Torre), Brandon (Rolf Baynosa), Conscious Adaptation (Emilio Montelibano), Departure (Cindy Ballesteros), Halad (Paolo Lindaya), Invincile (Erik Matti), Kananete (RosswilHilario), Karton (Manny Montelibano), Kontrata (Paulie Gonzales), Kultado (Lawrence Fajardo), Pasiplat (LexNillos), RB (Manny Montelibano), RM. 221 (Starlene Portillo), Suba sang Malogo (Denli Chavez), and Vesuvius (Erik Matti).
‘Tingadlum,' on the other hand refers to a master shaman, babaylan, storyteller and dream weaver. The first Kadungganan sang Tingadlum awardee is film director Peque Gallaga, who was given the award meant to honor a Negrense master storyteller, dream weaver and someone who has given back and mentored Negrense artists and filmmakers.
The trophies have been conceptualized by festival organizers Tanya Lopez and Adrian Torres, and especially designed by Negrense visual artists Rodney Martinez and Gino Ojoi. The trophy represents the filmmaker as a composite of all his stories as much as his movies are composite of its elements. Competition and exhibition entries were screened on November 28-29 at USLS, CSA-B, CHMSC, and SM Cinema 4.
The awards night was hosted by Jael Mathea Tipon, Mark Anthony Samorin, and Venise Buenaflor, at SM Cinema 4 November 29.*
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