Internationally acclaimed film director Brilliante Mendoza and Solar Entertainment CEO Wilson Tieng worked together to launch Sinag Maynila, a new local film festival. For its first year, Sinag Maynila will feature five films set against the backdrop of the country’s social issues: “Balut Country” by Paul Sta. Ana, “Bambanti” by Zig Dulay, “Imbisibol” by Lawrence Fajardo, “Ninja Party” by Jim Libiran, and “Swap” by Rempton Zuasola.
The festival will run from March 18 to 24, 2015 at SM Cinema Megamall, SM Cinema North EDSA, SM Cinema Manila, SM Cinema Fairview, SM Cinema Southmall, SM Cinema Mall of Asia and SM Cinema Aura Premier.
The awards night will be held at SM Aura Premier on March 21st.
Here are the entries for Sinag Maynila 2015:
Director: Paul Sta. Ana
Writer: Paul Sta. Ana
Cast: Rocco Nacino, Ronnie Quizon, Angela Cortez, Nanette Inventor and Vincent Magbanua
Also starring: Archi Adamos, Jelson Bay, Leo Sarmiento, and Denise Jewel Alfonso
Synopsis: Jun, an heir to the duck farm left to him by his late father, must decide between selling the property to secure a future with his partner, or sparing the family of the land’s loyal caretakers of inevitable displacement.
Director: Zig Dulay
Writer: Zig Dulay
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Micko Laurente, Julio Diaz, Shamaine Buencamino, Lui Manansala
Also starring: Delphine Buencamino, Erlinda Villalobos, Celio Aquino, Abegail Edillo and Kiki Baento.
Synopsis: The search for a missing watch instigates the painful quest for the truth in Belyn’s and her son’s life.
Director: Lawrence Fajardo
Writer: John Paul Bedia, Herlyn Gail Alegre
Cast: Allen Dizon, Bernardo Bernardo, Ces Quesada, and JM De Guzman
Also Starring: JC Santos, Only Torres, Naoki Takai, Shinpei Suzuki, May Alleman, Kaz Sawamura, Masaharu Iwamoto, Oyee Barro, and Mr. Ricky Davao
Synopsis: The film follows the lives of four Filipino migrant workers in Japan – Linda, Benjie, Manuel and Rodel – who, amidst their individual struggles, are suddenly caught together in an even more complex game of hide and seek where staying invisible is the only way to survive.
Director: Jim Libiran
Writer: Jim Libiran, Dominic Lim, Iris Lee
Cast: Annicka Dolonius, Julz Savard, Bea Galvez, Elora Espano, Mariz Reyes, Japo Parcero, Odette Khan, Teresa Loyzaga and Denise Marasigan
Synopsis: Top female students of an elite Catholic high school discover their identities and sexualities amidst clashing values. Conflicts between themselves, their families, and their school forces them to grow up and grow in friendship. They face slutshaming when a rumor spreads about their participation in a secret orgy.
Director: Remton Zuasola
Writer: Remton Zuasola
Cast: Dionne Monsanto, Matt Daclan, Mon Confiado
Also starring: Publio Briones, Ramon Bagatsing, Jesus Mendoza, Genica Ines Mijares, Charisse Mari Fonacier, Natileigh Sitoy, Maria Cristina Mondragon, Eli Razo, and Ronyel Compra.
Synopsis: A young father is torn between solving a crime and committing another crime when one day his only son is kidnapped and the criminals demand him to steal another kid in exchange for the life of his son.