List of Cinema One Originals 2019 entries, unveiled

Learn about the eight entries competing at the 2019 C1 Originals Festival.

LISTED: Cinema One Originals 2019 entries, unveiled
Cinema One Originals 2019
Event Host:
ABS-CBN, Cinema One
Event Date:
September 2019
Film(s) Featured:
"Ascendant" / "Lucid" / "Metamorphosis" / "O" / "Sila-Sila" / "Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo" / "Utopia" / "Yours Truly, Shirley"

The full list of Cinema One Originals 2019 entries has been unveiled. Taking to its socials, Cinema One uploaded a short clip with C1 Originals festival director Ronald Arguelles announcing the eight entries.

Take a look at the video here:

Below is the full list of Cinema One Originals 2019 entries. (Thanks to Cinema One for sending us the synopsis and plot details of the films!)


Sherad Anthony Sanchez

In the religious drama/mystery film Ascendant, a mysterious death in the convent drives an unpredictable Mother Prioress to investigate three nuns under her care, but she is not looking for justice. The corpse returns to haunt for justice, but haunted back by the ghosts of the nun’s murky pasts. The question is, who is haunting who?


Natts Jadaone, Victor Villanueva, and Dan Villegas

Ann Cruz is a luminous dreamer in romance/fantasy movie Lucid. Her dreams are the exact opposite of her mundane, routinary life. In one of her fabricated dreams, she meets a mysterious man who challenges her to make her dreams more adventurous. As she crosses paths with another lucid dreamer, she realizes her dreams are far more alive than her reality—making her question if it is worth staying in there or not.


J.E. Tiglao

Metamorphosis is a coming-of-age story about Adam, a 14-year old kid who was born with a secret of having both male and female genitals.


Kevin Dayrit

Maria, a morgue-intern, meets vampire “drug lord” Matilda in O. In this thriller, Matilda forces Maria to become a blood pusher in exchange for her life, selling dried blood sachets to modern-day, harmless vampires.


Giancarlo Abrahan

A 30-year old man returns to Manila in Sila-Sila and is forced to confront his old life, his old friends, and his ex-boyfriend at their high school reunion where the drama of the past and the present collide.

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo

Denise O’Hara

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo is a romance drama When Alex DTR-ed and found out that Carlo is not ready to commit to a relationship. Alex must ask herself if love can survive without commitment.


Dustin Celestino and Dustin Uy

Utopia, an action film entry, is about the stories of a videographer, a rookie police officer, and an undercover agent which intertwine in the labyrinth of a violent city’s underbelly.

Yours Truly, Shirley

Nigel Santos

In the comedy flick Yours Truly, Shirley, a 50-year-old widow believes that the young pop star is the reincarnation of her dead husband. How far would she go to prove herself right?

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The films were carefully chosen by the selection committee members—Ronald Arguelles, Black Sheep head Kriz Gazmen, IWant creative manager Nico Hernandez, Rappler film critic Oggs Cruz, and film writers Jinky Laurel and Lilit Reyes—from over 130 entries submitted.

Cinema One Originals has yet to announce exact festival dates, but the teaser states that the festival will happen in September 2019.

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