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Sine Negrense unveils 2023 short film finalists

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A scene from the film ‘Gahaman’*

The Sine Negrense in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Province of Negros Occidental, the Negros Cultural Foundation, and the Negros Museum unveiled the competing films under the Open and Intercollegiate Category of the Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival 2023.

The 15 finalists for the open category are 1942 directed by Kent Raven Ardeña; Adela directed by Fredu Bayon-on; Ang Duwa ka Tiniga sa Taytay directed by Junmarl Alconga; Ang Handurawan ni Janjan directed by Julius De la Peña; Añoranza directed by Zack Verzosa; Dalit sa Sala directed by Chelsea Tasic; Finding Yesterday directed by Pawlo Lasmarias;

Gahaman directed by Jinky Nuñez Alpetche; Grasya directed by Chris Jan Vergara; Kuno Kuno directed by Raven Cheyenne Salanap; Luna directed by Gkie Ere; Manong directed by Ronel Cordero; One Day, Isa Ka Adlaw directed by Vanneza Clear Estañol; Pandayunon directed by Jo-ane Pitogo; and Today can’t be Thursday because Thursday was Yesterday directed by Dale Gugudan.

For the intercollegiate category the 15 finalists are Ahh, Sibuyas! directed by Briana Nicole Fernandez, Before It All Ends directed by Maveric Nelson B. Azarraga and Dapyos directed by Jael Tipon of Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod; Alas Dose y Medya directed by Kately Joyce Sayson and Passed Pawn directed by Sean Lewis of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod; Anod directed by Seth Andrei V. Gedalanga and Tagudili-an directed by Doreen Gabrielle Elbanbuena of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos;

Bulubaliskad directed by Crispel Jhun Ducay; Gina Punggan Sang Nagligad directed by Krystel Joy D. Delmo; Panan-aw directed by Ry Cortez and Si Emman; Siman directed by Kenneth Luceñara of Sagay National High School; Hinimulatan directed by Jude Diacono of Carlos Hilado Memorial State University; Laragway directed by Lianne Dawn Apurada of Negros Occidental High School; Lugar Lang directed by Karl Victor L. Paloma of Hinigaran National High School; and Pan Ug Dugo directed by Keith Nemenzo of Foundation University.

The 30 short film finalists will be screened during the 2023 Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival, happening on November 21-24 at Cinematheque Centre Negros. The best short feature film for both categories will be awarded a cash prize and a trophy during the Sine Negrense Awards Night on November 25.

According to the press release from the organizers, Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival continues to provide a viable outlet of expression and aims to bring out a new generation of filmmakers and enthusiasts, as well as cultivate an informed public on the importance of Cinema and Storytelling in the context of National Identity, Culture and Heritage. More information is available at www.sinenegrense.com, or through the official Sine Negrense social media accounts on Facebook.*

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