MOVIES have long been a source of entertainment. They move us, thrill us—they can also bring out the filmmaker in us. That’s the thing about movies. They inspire in more ways than one.
In its pursuit to support this passion, City Sports Club Cebu held its first-ever Short Film Festival. The festival began May 13 and had six film entries: “Pagsulay” by PRO Productions; “Pamati” by Project Bisdak Films; “Kahidlaw” by Alpas Creatives; “Picture Frame” by Ace Loyola Productions; “Home” by Asian Productions and “Tinago” by Maharlikan Productions. Each film focused on different topics from love found and love lost to family affairs and taking on challenges.
Last June 2, the filmmakers, together with their friends and those from the media, gathered at the Sinulog Ballroom 3 for the Gala Awards.
PRO Productions bagged most of the awards including Best in Sound and Musical Scoring, Best in Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. In addition, John Braulio Lao, won Best Actor playing the lead role Joven in the entry “Pagsulay,” and its director Harold Ge Magsayo got the Best Director award.
Charito Abellar won Best Actress for her role as a mother to an autistic child in the movie “Picture Frame” by Ace Loyola Productions. Winning Best Picture was “Tinago” by Maharlikan Productions as well as the People’s Choice Award. The story tells of meeting someone at the most inopportune time. The film was directed by Alessandro Greg Lopez.
The festival served as a way to encourage aspiring filmmakers to continue their passion by providing them the venue as the backdrop for their projects.
“We believe that Cebu is home to many talented filmmakers and we want to give them the avenue and the opportunity for them to hone and exhibit their skills. Hopefully, our endeavor will pave the way in fulfilling their dreams in making films,” shared City Sports Club Cebu’s assistant general manager Ma. Teresa Sembrano-Catipay in a speech during the film ceremony, who added that this could be the start of many film festivals to come.