The 2018 CineFilipino Film Festival is just a few days away. And as tradition here at Unreel, we’ve created a one-page festival guide for you festival-goers. This year’s lineup finds a variety of stories, from occult horror (with ‘s “Poon”) to hyperreal dark comic thriller (with ‘s “Mga Mister ni Rosario”), funded by the festival and its partner corporation, Cignal Entertainment.
On this festival guide, you’ll find the fest’s screening program and its entries with their synopses and trailers.
The 2018 CineFilipino Film Festival will run from May 9-15, 2018, at select cinemas: Gateway, Greenbelt 1, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall.
The screening schedules for the full-length features follow:
Below are the schedules for the film’s Short Film Category.
It’s worth noting that these schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
This year’s lineup is made up of eight different films, each granted a two million-peso production budget. This year’s selection was chosen by a selecting committee: festival head of competition Joey Reyes; festival director Madonna Tarrayo; Central Digital Lab’s Manet A. Dayrit; Hannah Espia, filmmaker; Joel Reyes, filmmaker, Lilit Reyes, filmmaker; and Philippines Daily Inquirer’s Bayani San Diego.
The eight feature film finalists follow, along with key film details, synopses, posters, and trailers.
Delia & Sammy
Direction: Therese Cayaba
Cast: Rosemarie Gil, Jaime Fabregas, Nico Antonio
An ill-tempered old actress Delia, has to find a relative to leave her equally difficult husband with before she dies, forcing themselves back into the lives of people they’ve hurt, estranged and antagonized.
Excuse Me Po
Direction: Ronald Espinosa Batallones
Cast: Elizabeth Oropesa, Matt Daclan
“Excuse Me Po” is the story of Hilda, a 65-year-old Senior Citizen who makes a living out of begging inside and outside of the mall.
Direction: Bor Ocampo
Cast: Adrian Cabido, Soliman Cruz, Mon Confiado, Rosanna Roces, Rea Molina
At 15, Hitboy Alex is a full-time kid who plays a game of survival as a part-time gun for hire.
Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus
Direction: Dwein Baltazar
Cast: Soliman Cruz, Nicco Manalo, Anthony Falcon, Dylan Ray Talon
In Avenida, the lives of four men intertwine, searching for something and they all find what they are looking for in one woman called Aileen.
Direction: Rod Marmol
Cast: Edgar Allan Guzman, Arron Villaflor, Jerald Napoles, Miguel Almendras, Ritz Azul
An absolutist soldier who lost an eye in battle opens a new “eye” that makes him see his fallen brother and accomplish their life missions.
Mga Mister ni Rosario
Direction: Alpha Habon
Cast: Joross Gamboa, Kate Alejandrino, Kim Molina
Bea is the perfect stage wife to his method actor husband until he gets the role of a lifetime and threatens to kill her “character”.
Direction: Roni Supangan Benaid
Cast: Glydel Mercado, Shy Carlos, Yayo Aguila, Mon Confiado, Rolando Inocencio and Chanel Latorre
Claudia, a religious church servant, experiences horrible things after she bought a religious image, she believes is miraculous.
The Eternity Between Seconds
Direction: Alec Figuracion
Cast: Yeng Constantino, TJ Trinidad
A depressed motivational speaker, and an anxious Kopino meeting her Korean father for the first time cross paths in Incheon International Airport, where, together, they attempt to elude time.
CineFilipino’s Short Film Competition is split into two categories: one, the Student Category, which pools the best shorts from different universities in the country; and two, the Open Category, which as the name suggests, is open to everyone.
SHORT FILM — STUDENT CATEGORY
- “Amusin Pa” – Raiza Masculino (Mapúa)
- “Binata Na” – Dexter De Jesus (Bataan Peninsula State University)
- “Happy Birthday, Mylene, 2023 Ka Na” – Austin Tan (UP Diliman)
- “Mark & Lenny” – Gio Potes (UP Diliman)
- “Rufyla” – Coleen Tanco (College of Saint Benilde)
- “Santa Nena!” – Tim Villanueva (College of Saint Benilde)
- “Tugma” – Joshua Tayco (De La Salle University)
SHORT FILM — OPEN CATEGORY
- “Ate, Kuya, Gusto Kong Kape” – MG Bayani
- “Boyet Loves You” – Josel Fajardo
- “Duyan ng Alon” – Katrina Banaag
- “Gabi ng Kababalaghan” – Stephen Lopez
- “Lasingtunado” – Miguel Fernandez
- “Luisa at Guada” – Jude Matanguihan
- “Palabas” – Arjanmar Rebeta
- “Raw” – Mark Frondoza
- “Si Aponibolinayen Aw mgo Bato No (Si Aponibolinayen at ang mga Batang Lumilipad) – April Aspiras
- “Siyudad sa Bulawan” (City of Gold) – Jarell Serence