Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cinemanila Film Festival 2008

Hi Guys!!! I have a Film update for you... especially those people, who has great enthusiasm when it comes to Filmmaking.

I received a mail regarding the Cinemanila Film Festival this year... yes, they are currently accepting entries for the Fest... read on... :)

The Boracay International Co-Production Meeting is now in its 5th
year and is currently accepting entries. The deadline for
submission is on July 5, 2008. This Meeting is to be held from 15
to 17 August 2008, in cooperation with the Hubert Bals Fund, the
Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the 10th Cinemanila
International Film Festival. It will be complemented by a mini film
festival with outdoor and indoor screenings. Project pitches will be
observed by representatives from the Rome Film Festival and Trigon
Films of Switzerland.


The 5th Boracay International Co-Production Meeting is open to all
filmmakers from Southeast Asia. The main criteria for selection are
the quality and feasibility of the film project and the demonstrable
talent and ability of the filmmakers.


The 5th Boracay International Co-Production Meeting is open to film
projects that are:

a. Being produced by filmmakers from South and East Asia;
b. Feature length only (all genres including animation are accepted);
c. At any stage of production. This meeting will award the two (2)
winning film project the sum of approximately $10,000 each but it
will not finance a whole film production;
d. Potentially viable for international and regional market
distribution; and
e. Fully planned with the director, producer and writer attached;

Projects can be in the pre-production, production, or post-
production stage. However, we shall only consider projects that are
recent and that have not been in the film market for more than two


A cash prize of approximately $10,000 will be awarded by the Hubert
Bals Fund to one project.


Entries to the 5th Boracay Co-Production Meeting must provide the

a. synopsis in English;
b. script in English;
c. director's statement;
d. production and shooting schedule;
e. budget and financial plan;
f. director's biography/filmography;
g. producer's biography/filmography; and
h. CD containing the electronic version of the files.

For entry forms and further details, please visit the Cinemanila e-
group at
VAL/ .
Please click the File link on the left navigation column of the e-
group. The entry forms will be available on the website
(http://www.cinemanila.org.ph ) starting February 2008. You can
email us at cinemanila@gmail.com

You can also contact:

The Secretariat


Cinemanila International Film Festival
41 Begonia St. Tahanan Village

Sucat, ParaƱaque City

1700 Metro Manila Philippines

Tel.: 63 2 8429672 Fax: 63 2 7704015


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Brad Renfro

One of my favorite movies of all time is the Hollywood Flick: The Cure... I like the story so much and since then these two characters, Brad Renfro (The Informer) and Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park), has been my constant favorites.

The Death of Brad Renfro, really made me a bit shocked, He was found dead in his pad in Los Angeles.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cinemalaya 2008 Finalists

And so it is out... the Ten films made it to the Cinemalaya film festival this coming June 2008... The Ten Film projects, is given 500,000 Pesos seed grant each, where the producers of the film will have to outsource some funds to add up to their film projects. Congratulations to the Ten Finalists for Cinemalaya 2008.

Here are the Top Ten Finalists:

1. “100″ by Chris Martinez
2. “Antiparang Basag” by Edith Asuncion
3. “Baby Angelo” by Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino
4. “Brutus” by Tara Illenberger
5. “Huling Pasada” by Paul Sta. Ana
6. “Jay” by Francis Xavier Pasion
7. “Konsyerto sa Kagubatan” by Paul Morales
8. “My Fake American Accent” by Onnah Valera
9. “Ranchero” by Michael Christian Cardoz
10. “The Gift of a Smile” by Emman dela Cruz

Friday, December 28, 2007

Gustavo Loza in Mowel Fund

Last December 19-21, 2007... award winning Mexican Director, Gustavo Loza, came over to the Philippines to conduct an intensive workshop for Independent Filmmakers at the MowelFund Film Institute.

The said workshop, was participated by selected directors, producer, and filmmakers from different points in the country... including the four filmmakers from Mindanao – Sheron Dayoc, Fernan Salinas, McRobert Nacario and Al Jacinto . The said Way to go guys! :)

A Touch of Culture

Every time I watch a flick... I instantly distinguish a Korean film... well, I guess its obvious, korean always try to show its culture through their films... something that Filipino films doesn't have... or perhaps only a few has it.

Well for one, Koreans are very particular with culture, I guess over the generation... they still instill culture and traditions to the young generation in spite of the modern generation. Filipinos has reason unto why we can't seem to distinguish our culture... it all sums up to its history... being overpowered by foreigners, which makes us diverse in culture.

In one of my workshops... a fellow workshopper said... "mahilig kasi manggaya ang pinoy" Sad but true... Just by merely watching those teleserye and all? I happen to see the same stories in Hollywood... I believe him... but just because I believed it doesn't mean it has to be that way and still has to stay that way...

But mind you... us being diversed? Is culture itself... dig deeper... good stories are found in learning one's culture.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I'm back!!!

Been gone for a time, but I'm just so glad to be back blogging again... well... I have been very busy during the holidays... that it took me only now to write once again... I missed this... in fact, I miss you friends!!! :)

Well, i'll make sure of giving you updates in my world... films and more... :) I'll see you around guys!:)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Wanna do Films? Consider This.

There is so much to learn when it comes to doing films... and you need to consider a lot of things... like the story, location shoots, cinematography, etc. Well, if you don't want your movie to flop... give keen attention to DETAILS.

  • Make Sure your STORY is ORIGNAL and its worth telling.
    • Don't settle for the conventional type of story... make sure that your story is something that would leave a mark to your audience. Make sure it has sense, but at the same time creative.
    • Always have someone to critic your script... remember that best filmmakers always thinks that the script could get better. It is encouraged that you read your script aloud to have a better feel for the dialogue.
    • Remember that a Script can either make or break your film... so take time in doing your script.
    • This is very crucial in making a film. Especially when you are an independent filmmaker... so before you pack up for the shoot, make sure you have enough budget for your production needs. You must have a projected production cost. It is really important to have a good production manager to help in the budgeting and sponsorship for your production.
    • In Independent filmmaking, because of low budget, they settle for non-professional actors, in choosing for the right characters for your film, consider the personality of the person applying for the role.
    • Conduct a workshop for your talents. This helps your talent to adjust in the actual shoot, and to be comfortable with the camera.
    • It is recommend to conduct a location shoot that is necessary for your scenes, prior to the day of shooting.
    • Remember to ask permission before filming... make sure you have all the necessary documents such as contracts, talent forms, etc.
    • Be keen when it comes to sound, it is as important as visuals. Make sure that there are no unwanted sounds on your film.
  • DON'T rely so much in Post Production
    • If you see some lapses on your film prior to the post production, consider a re-shoot, or settle what needs to be settled while still on the shoot. Fixing takes so much time and not all fixes are very good.
    • For your post production, you can edit your film using video editing softwares, examples of which are the Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Premiere Pro 2. Ask a friend who knows about these softwares to help you out... its actually easy to learn Video Editing :)
  • Let your Film BE SEEN
    • Use your film as an advancement to your next film. Show your film to as many people as you can.
    • Have copies of DVDs and VCDs and have it send to competitions and film festivals.
Lastly, DO NOT QUIT. Not all filmmakers gained recognition in their first films. Only people who are very passionate about films and never give up on their first failures in filmmaking, can make a name in the film industry. Remember that a film is a filmmaker's identity.