Sinag Maynila 2016 Press Conference and Presentation of Film Entries

Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festiva 2016
Whos masterpieces make it to the Final List this year's Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival?  Who are the Directors / Filmmakers behind these entries?  

This year, Five (5) entries were presented during the 2nd Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival press conference held at Sky Garden at SM Aura Premier last April 5, 2016.  

These are:  Dyamper, Expressway, LILA, MRS, and TPO

(L-R) - Sinag Maynila 2016 Directors:  Mr. Ato Bautista (Expressway), Mr. Adolf Alex Jr. (LILA) , Mr. Wilson Tieng, (CEO and Founder),  Mr. Brillante Mendoza (Festival Director),  Mr. Jay Altarejos (T.P.O),  Mr. Mess De Guzman (Dyamper) and Mr. Gino Santos (LILA)

Actress Ms. Mara Lopez and Direk Jay Altarejos 

Direk Brillante Mendoza, Festival Director and Mr. Wilson Tieng, CEO and Founder of
Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival

Direk Mess De Guzman and Direk Brillante Mendoza with the cast of "DYAMPER"

Direk Gino Santos and Direk Brillante Mendoza with the cast members of  "LILA"
Film Directors and Cast Members of the 2nd Sinag Maynla Film Festival 2016
Five (5) Entries who made it to the 2nd Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2016


The film is about Three Friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. 

One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped and finds themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and gives them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission. 

Starring Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, and Debbie Garcia.

This film is directed by Mess De Guzman

This film is all about  A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. 

Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman. 

Starring Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, Jim Libiran.

This film is directed by  Ato Bautista

" LILA "
This film is all about a woman name, "Jess"  She  is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant.  
As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary's words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own. 

Starring Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Lara, Miggs Cuaderno, Kate Alejandrino, and Socrates Jose. 

The film is directed by Gino Santos

" MRS. " 
The film is about 70-year-old woman name,  "Virginia"  She shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. 

Haunted by a past that Virginia tries to conquer—her only son Sonny Boy who disappeared years ago, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death. 

“MRS.” starring  Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Anita Linda, Mark Herras.

This film is directed by Adolf Alix Jr.

" T.P.O. " 
Temporary Protection Order is about  "Teresa",  a battered mother in the hands of her husband, Miguel. When their son Miguelito starts to get hurt as violence erupts at its worst, Teresa will seek Temporary Prtotection Order (TPO) against her husband. Meanwhile, Miguel, together with their son, goes through the same long and arduous process of applying for the custody of their son on the town’s most festive and busiest day. When they see each other in the middle of the road, an accident will ensue leaving them both destroyed and at the losing end. The narrative will start repeating backwards, the truth will be revealed with scenes that have yet to unfold. 
Starring Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Lui Manansala.

This film is directed by Jay Altarejos

 The 2nd Sinag Maynila Film Festival will run from April 21 to 26, 2016 at selected SM Cinemas.

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