New Breed Category:
1. DAYANG ASU ("In Pampanga, We Eat Dogs")
Written and Directed by: BOR OCAMPO
GENRE: Coming of Age Action-Drama
LOGLINE: Amidst legalized corruption, a son struggles to prove to his father that he is fit to survive in a dog-eat-dog society.
2. "1ST KO SI 3RD"
Written and Directed by: REAL FLORIDO
GENRE: Drama-Love Story
LOGLINE: A 65-year old woman gets reunited with her 1st love and finally the supposed 1st date happens four decades after they got separated.
3. "SUNDALONG KANIN"
Directed by: JANICE O'HARA
Written by: Jerry O'Hara
LOGLINE: Set during the Japanese Occupation, four friends (Nitoy, Benny, Carding, and Badong) aspire nothing more than to become soldiers fighting the Japanese... until they are confronted by the realities of war that threaten to destroy their families and their friendship.
4. "K'NA, THE DREAMWEAVER"
Written and Directed by: IDA ANITA DEL MUNDO
LOGLINE: When K'na, a young T'boli woman, becomes a dreamweaver, she has the chance to weave together her village's warring clans. But, will she give up true love to do so?
Directed by: NICK OLANKA
Written by: Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Jerome Zamora
LOGLINE: A policewoman who patrols Manila during the night arrests her teenage son for killing his lover.
Written and Directed by: FRANCIS XAVIER PASION
LOGLINE: DIVINA is preparing for her daughter Rowena’s 13th birthday when she hears a shocking news: her daughter has been attacked by a crocodile, her body still missing. As Divina searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater. Based on actual events.
Directed by: MILO SOGUECO
Written by: Jerrold Tarog
GENRE: Tragic Comedy
LOGLINE: Unlike the former Philippine First Lady, Imelda is indifferent towards shoes. To her, they are fraught with the bittersweet nostalgia of childhood, one that was marred by a difficult relationship with her shoe-maker father, Romeo. Growing up, all of hers were handmade by him. Now a mature woman, she takes a pivotal call from the morgue, spurring her search for the perfect pair of shoes for her dead father. The deeper she searches for the perfect shoes, the more she finds herself.
8. DAGITAB (SPARKS)
Written and Directed by: GIANCARLO ABRAHAN
LOGLINE: While the marriage of two professors is on the verge of falling apart, the woman is dragged into a scandal involving a young student. On the other hand, the man falls in love with his research -- a deity (supernatural being) that appears to him as the ghost of an old flame.
9. # Y
Directed by: GINO SANTOS
Written by: Jeff Stelton
GENRE: Coming of Age / Teen Drama
LOGLINE: “# Y” (“Hashtag Y”) chronicles the adventures of the members of a generation made universal by the realms of social media, the internet, sex, drugs, and alcohol, and the occasional YOLO.
Directed by: GB SAMPEDRO
Written by: Eric Ramos
LOGLINE: The mostly bittersweet, partly comic, partly tragic saga of six men who have separated from their wives. Based on true stories, their parallel and overlapping tales are framed by a church wedding to a second wife by one of them, who grabs another chance at matrimonial bliss.
DIRECTORS SHOWCASE Category:
1. HUSTISYA (JUSTICE)
GENRE: Character Study of a Crime Drama
Written by: Ricky Lee
Directed by: JOEL LAMANGAN
LOGLINE: A foul-mouthed woman fights for her soul in the belly of the city. Working for a human trafficking agency controlled by a powerful syndicate, she sees no evil, hears no evil. In a society like ours, you have only two choices -- to be a victim, or a victimizer. She makes her choice.
2. ASINTADO (BETWEEN THE EYES)
Written by: Socorro Villanueva
Directed by: LOUIE IGNACIO
LOGLINE: In the middle of preparations for the Taong Putik Festival, a young man, penniless and in love, takes on a drug courier job that goes terribly wrong. To save him, his mother now makes the most difficult decision of her life.
3. HARI NG TONDO
GENRE: A-Slice-of-Life Depiction of a Family Drama
Written by: Bibeth Orteza
Directed by: CARLOS SIGIUON-REYNA
LOGLINE: A grandfather brings his grandchildren back to the community that made and shaped him, only to find out the place is no longer the same.
GENRE: Adult Drama
Written and Directed by: JOSELITO ALTAREJOS
LOGLINE (Director’s Statement): “Kasal” is an examination on how a gay couple navigates through their own private space into a Filipino home, institutions and society as a whole.
5. THE JANITOR
GENRE: Crime Drama
Written by: Aloy Adalawan
Directed by: MICHAEL TUVIERA
LOGLINE: The story behind the bloodiest bank robbery in Philippine history… Crisanto Espina, an ex-cop, is tasked with liquidating the suspects who masterminded the robbery/massacre of July 16, 2013. As he diligently executes his orders while dealing with his own personal demons, he begins to realize that the whole circus of the investigation is going to eventually consume him and make him question his own faith in what he believes to be his brand of justice.
OFFICIAL FINALISTS -- SHORT FILM CATEGORY:
1. “ASAN SI LOLO ME?” by SARI ESTRADA
Bembem doesn't know that his grandfather just died. To spare him from grief, his mother Grace brings home a stray goat and tells him it is his grandfather.
2. “EYEBALL” by THOP NAZARENO
A vain man is out to meet a woman he met on Facebook for the first time. While waiting for her, he comes upon a naive guy whom he teaches his ways on attracting women. But the vain may need to learn some more.
3. “INA-TAY” by Chloe Veloso
A beautician named Elvis (also known as Elvira) finds out one day that he has fathered a bouncing baby boy and is left with the challenge of single parenthood. A lighthearted take on the Cebuano LGBT culture that fuses comedy and melodrama, to show that an independently-produced gay film doesn’t always have to be about discrimination and oppression.
4. “INDAYOG NG NAYATAMAK” by JORIS FERNANDEZ
Rex paints his frustrations on canvas: the ballerina. The struggle between him and his artwork escalates and is channeled through the paintbrush; and as Rex sees his artwork taking control over him, he tries to fight back.
5. “LOLA” by KEVIN ANG
It's Christmas again, and an old grandmother tends to her family's daily chores. But one afternoon an unexpected visitor arrives, bringing with her deadly consequences.
6. “MGA LIGAW NA PARU-PARO” by J.E. TIGLAO
Roger and Miriam lives a happy life despite waiting to have a child for years. Until one day, Roger accidentally reads a message on Miriam’s phone, it has flirty anecdotes from a stranger named Alex. Out of frustration, Roger leaves Miriam together with their adopted son. Roger thinks he already knows his wife’s transgression, little did he know, he has yet to discover his wife’s real secret.
7. “PADULONG SA PINUY-ANAN (GOING HOME)” by EDEN VILLARBA-SABOLBORO
Meet Tommy Whitmore. Divorced and with his only son settin gout to start his own family, Tommy sets on a mission: To start a new life in the sunny and promising Philippines. However, when things do not go according to plan, Tommy’s life plummets straight down to the ground.
In a foreign country where he is left fragile and to his own defenses, Tommy must make the toughest decision of his life: to go right back where he belongs, or to risk it all and move forward what what little he has. With the help of kind strangers Grace and her son Nilo, Tommy forges on his brave quest in trying to find where.
8. “THE ORDINARY THINGS WE DO” by DAVID CORPUZ
"The Ordinary Things We Do" features the story of six souls, three couples, and a celebration of one same love. A critical look at the essence of human romantic partnership, this experimental silent short film celebrates the diversity of the expression of affection and intimacy. When everything material and immaterial are stripped off, what remains are souls united by and in love.
9. “TIYA BENING” by RALPH QUIJANO
An old lady lives with her caregiver while her daughter is overseas. She suffers from Alzheimer and from time to time during the night her bedroom burns. A storm is coming, a little girl plays, the old lady settles to a fateful end.
10. "NAKABIBINGING KADILIMAN" by Paolo O'hara