Official Entries of Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017 reveals

 Sinag Maynila Film Festival 
"Sine Lokal, Pang- Internasyonal"

On its third year, Sinag Maynila Film Festival announces its finalists for 2017 in Full Length, Short Film, and Documentary with five (5) film entries in each category.  Since Sinag Maynila started last March 2015,  more and more talented filmmakers and individuals took their chance be part of the competing roster as it has been closely associated with the opportunity for international recognition.
With its official festival tagline, "Sine Lokal, Pang- Internasyonal" movie entries will be shown in Cinemas which will run on March 9-14, 2017.  It's a 1 week festival of independent films.  

How did the management go the final process of which film to shown on cinemas?
They were chosen and handpicked by Sinag Manila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Ma Mendoza.  

It's a very tough decision but, they were able to get the finalists.  According to Sir Wilson when it comes to selection process " The upgraded mechanics for this season may have been a risky move, but we are very happy with the outcome".  He also added that "We are looking forward to the reception of these films here and of course, internationally."

Here are the entries on each film category


1. KRISTO by HF Yambao

The story delves into what is supposed to be a victories day for Boy whose first born;  Jemjem, graduated from elementary with honors.  Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his honor as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate will be revealed.   "KRSITO" stars Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King.

2. BEYOND THE BLOCK by Ricardo Carranza
 Spanning fifty years and charting a path across three continents, "Beyond the block" weaves a thoughtful, personal account of Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines.  From the sensational program of "Penthouse 7" in the 70s to the cult classic "Dance 10" in the 80s to the struggles of Filipino contingents in today's biggest international dance competition,  the film lovingly showcases the special place of dance in every Filipino life.

3. LADYFISH by Jason Orfalas
Expelled from her nine-year occupation in the call center industry and discriminated upon because of her homosexuality, Kaye Cienfuegos, struggles to make ends meet.  Her search for place an identity is cut short when her friend Bonn appears on her front door with her adopted Swedish son Bjorn, and together they face obstacles to provide for their basic needs and right in society where a fair chance is out of reach.
"LADYFISH" star JC Santos, MArtin Escudero, Brenda MAge, Ruby Ruiz

4. BHOY INTSIK by Joel Lamangan
Two small-time felons' paths crossed, starting a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INSTIK and MARLON, the key personalitites in the community of th eliving-dead. "BHOY INSTIK" stars RS Fancisco, Ronwaldo MArtin, Elora Epano, Jim PEbanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval.

5. Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right TO Kill) by Arnel Barbarona
Set in an indigenous community in the hinterlands in Mindanao, a family goes up to the mountains to grieve and bury its youngest member who died from sickness. But as they make their way back to their village, they were confronted by soldiers and this forced them to turn to their traditional defense called “pangayaw” to drive off the abusive soldiers from their village.


1. I Am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet by Matthew Victor Pastor
Silence in the red light district of Manila

2.  Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.
It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.

3. Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit
Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas-Filipino-worker mother.  Some things are hard to grasp that's why they look to the sky for answers.  Could it be aliens?

4. And Hindi Ko Masambit by Jose Javier Manoos
A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because on on unprecedented past.

5. Tulay Buhay by Paul Arrenze Dionela
In the streets of Manila, the homeless struggle to live.  Some fool others, others don't want to be fooled and imitate some in order to survive.


1.  Hango by Avelino MArk Balmes Jr.
Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who worlds a fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite.

2. Kupkop b Jaymus Olaviar
A documentary that revolves around the life of 3 kids with cerebral palsy, who were abandoned by their parents due to their condition. They were able to find lobe and affection from people who, may not be their kin, show compassion without any form of compensation.

3. The REcycled Spirits of Roel Cabato by Noah Del Rosario
Meet Roel Cabato: an Ilocano-ifugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art spcae called Hanan'chi (Aninito Art Space and Cafe). His works represent his spiritual connection with Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalism and recycling.

4.  Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle) by Jean Clare Dy, Manuel Domes
Pagara San Patiputon follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.  The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. With the help of two young artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their present realities.

5. Krudo Boys by Mirielle De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago
Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves, "Krudo Boys".  They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navotas City using only their worn-out boar and a piece of foam then selling it to the consumers.  With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter for their family.

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