FEU short films win IUF awards, vie for Gawad Alternatibo

Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala poster

by Prof. Seymour Barros Sanchez (FEU Department of Communication)

Two films made by Far Eastern University students under their Cinema Production (CNM2) classes won a total of six awards during the Indie Un-Film Festival awards night held last July 21 at the Bro. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University-Manila.

In the Pamana category, “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” (Belief as the Light in Darkness) brought home the Best Pamana Film award, Best Production Design for Ron Christian Alos, Best Sound Design for James Manalili and Best Cinematography for Rommel Ruiz. The new Pamana category aims to bring forth stories of Filipino heritage and culture.

Directed by Francis Guillermo, the film revolves around the continuous disappearances of townsfolk, prompting the local chieftain to find out who is behind it and where they are being brought. Upon conducting a search, he and his son came across a mysterious answer.

The production team of DAMA.

The production team of DAMA.

Meanwhile, “Dama” directed by Trish Ruedas Antonio, bagged Best Production Design for Reopaolo Nuñez and Best Actor for Rolando Inocencio in the Feature category. Inocencio plays a father who adopts a stray child to cope with his son’s death in a crisis-ridden world.

“Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” was submitted as a final CNM2 project to FEU Department of Communication chair and Film Society adviser Cherish Brillon while “Dama” was made under the class of former FEU Filmsoc adviser Seymour Sanchez.

The 15th annual intercollegiate digital film festival, organized by the DLSU Green Media Group, celebrates film by showcasing the competition’s finalists and the IUF Talks involving the country’s renowned filmmakers.

The talks, held at Warehouse Eight in Chino Roces Avenue last July 14, had award-winning scriptwriter Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo Jr. and filmmakers Antoinette Jadaone, Pepe Diokno, Ice Idanan and Kaj Palanca as speakers.

The two award-winning films will next compete in the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, also known as Gawad Alternatibo, from August 4 to 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde or CCP Dream Theater.

All the winning entries in the IUF will again be screened on August 3, Friday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Br. Connon Hall, DLSU. Interested parties may visit www.indieunfilmfestival.com or contact Jenni at 0915-1291021.