The screening committee of CINEFILIPINO Film Festival 2013 has chosen the 8 finalists to be given a P1.5-Million grant to produce their films. The 2013 Cine Filipino Film Festival is scheduled to take place from June 26 to July 3, 2013.  Out of 146 submitted entries, the finalists are as follows:

CINEFILIPINO Film Festival

  1. Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti by Mes de Guzman —
    “A healer named Mabuti finds a bag containing P5 million.”
  2. Mga Alaala Ng Tag-Ulan by Ato Bautista –
    “A coming of age love story of a young man’s first encounter with love, romance and heartbreak.”
  3. Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo –
    “It tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who falls in love with a 35-year-old woman; years later, a girlhood crush blossoms during the fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.”
  4. Bingoleras by Byron “Ron” Bryant —
    “A comedy about six single women whose lives intersect when a bingo marathon is launched in their church for the barangay fiesta.”
  5. The Guerilla Is A Poet by Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena —
    “This narrative film has elements of a documentary in depicting an activist‘s journey during Martial Law until his capture in the mountains and the nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet”
  6. Puti (Achromatopsia) by Miguel “Mike” Alcazaren —
    “A film about a forger who figures in a freak car accident that caused him to develop achromatopsia. This condition renders the person to see only the colors black/white/gray and nothing else”
  7. The Muses by Janice Perez —
    “The plot is inspired by the Biblical story of Martha and Mary; the movie tells a story of sibling rivalry in the music business where two sisters find the hidden truths about fame, family and their own selves.”
  8. Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin by Randolph Longjas —
    “A cross-cultural comedy about a Filipino-American couple who have to deal with superstitious in-laws, immigration laws, and unexpected pregnancies.”

The following films will be shown on Gateway, Ali Mall, Eastwood, and Newport Cinemas from June 26 – July 3 2013. CINEFILIPINO FILM FESTIVAL is the newest local film festival for independent films and produced by Unitel Production, Studio 5, Smart-PLDT Foundation, and MediaQuest.

Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita