The premiere movie cable channel in the Philippines, Cinema One, is once again spearheading  highly anticipated Digital Film Festival in the country. Showcasing brave, bold, and original stories from new breed and notable filmmakers, the 2011 Cinema One Originals or 7th Cinema One Originals Festival opens at the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex on November 9 running until November 15, 2011.

10 Finalists for the 2011 Cinema One Originals Revealed!

This year’s batch of finalists is exciting because they are a mix of artists, writers, filmmakers, cinematographers.”It is very diverse this year with 4 female directors in the mix, regional movies coming from Mindanao,Cebu and even Mes De Guzman movie is set in the northern part of Luzon (Nueva Vizcaya). We have heavy dramas, light dramas, comedies, horror, arthouse fares and movies dealing with children”, said Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles.

The BIG 10

  1. Big Boy by director and production designer Shireen Seno is an experimental coming-of-age melodrama about a boy subjected by his parents to peculiar routines to grow into their desired poster boy for their cod live oil business in Mindoro. Big Boy is Seno’s first film to make it to this festival.
  2. Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat written and directed by Ivy Universe Baldoza is a visually atmospheric story of woman’s mystical journey back to her hometown to discover herself and her mother’s sensuous past. A former student of the Mowelfund Institute, Baldoza was selected in the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus’ Script Station and whose short films were exhibited in film fests abroad.
  3.  Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, a unique drama infused with comedy about an Aeta family whose decision to move into the city for greener pastures was met by a string of trials and tribulations is by writer-director Earl Bontuyan. A visual artist and director for TV shows and music videos, Bontuyan mastered his cinematography training at the Mowelfund.
  4. My Paranormal Romance by Victor Villanueva is a teenage horror-comedy movie that revolves around student Merry Pascual who, after she has been hurt by past love affairs, gets into a phase of her life where she’s ready to move on and forget everything by enrolling into Cebu’s prestigious university. Everything goes as planned until she receives a mysterious item that makes a magnet to things paranormal.
  5. Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa by award-winning writer-producer-director Mes de Guzman, revolves around a multi ethnic group of kids who engages the urban environment by looting rugby in a nearby hardware. An independent film director and scriptwriter, de Guzman has won four Palanca Awards for his films Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong and Chiffons.
  6.   Anatomiya ng Korupsyon starring Maricar Reyes and Sid Lucero is a social satire set in the ’80s written for the stage by Malou Jacob and adapted for the screen by scriptwriter and filmmaker Dennis Marasigan. This is Marasigan’s 2ndmovie for Cinema One Originals following his triumphant Sa North Diversion Road in 2005.
  7.   Cartas de la Soledad (Letters of Solitude) is a film by writer-producer-director and cultural heritage conservationist in Maguindanao Gutierrez ‘Teng’ Mangansakan II. The story revolves around a reclusive man who spent over 25 years in Barcelona, Spain studying and working, and then returns to Mindanao with his idealism and dream of improving the lives of his people by using what he has learned in Europe.
  8.   Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia is a day-in-a-life of ‘dakilang extra’ Lilia Cuntapay by writer-director Antoinette Jadaone. What she has done in her directing style is “to show what does Nanay (as she calls Cuntapay) thinks and dreams that are now coming true,” which will surely amuse, delight and capture the hearts of moviegoers, Jadaone is a cum laude of Film and Audio Visual Communication from the UP Film Institute and has directed short film Tumbang Preso, the Best Short Film in Cinemanila 2008, and Saling Pusa the 3rd Prize Gawad CCP Para Alternatibong Pelikula 2007.
  9.  Ka Oryang starring Alessandra de Rossi and Joem Bascom is a glimpse of female political detainees who struggled during the Martial Law by Sari Dalena, a short film director and documentarian whose memorable work is the featureRigodon in 2005.
  10.  Di Ingon Nato (Not Like Us) is a horror that deals with how people in a far-flung barangay deals with zombie infestation by religion, superstition and science by writer-director team Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga.

“All 10 titles continue this tradition of Cinema One Originals to introduce new talents/ filmmakers and relevant, exciting, different movie content to its audience”, added Arguelles.

From nearly 150 entries, they were chosen through careful deliberations by the selection committee composed of Ronald Arguelles, Teddy Co, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Nick Olanka, Tammy Bejarano Dinopol, Jinky Laurel, Raymond Diamzon, Kathleen Pador and Lilit Reyes.

Each of these finalists will receive a grant of P1,000,000.00 to produce their movie and compete in the much-anticipated digital film festival to be held this October at the Shang Cineplex, Mandaluyong.

Cinema One Originals is owned and produced by Cinema One, the top cable channel of Creative Programs, Inc. (CPI).