FIRST FIVE: GET TO KNOW THE FILMS OF SINAG MAYNILA

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Get to know more about the film maker behind each SINAG MAYNILA entry:

BALUT COUNTRY
PAUL STA. ANA /Writer | Director
Paul Sta. Ana graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Philosophy. Currently, he is a writer and director of GMA Network. As a screenwriter, Paul has received a Balanghai trophy from the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival for the film, Mayohan in 2010. He has since then garnered several nominations from the the Young Critics’ Circle, Star Awards for Film and the Gawad Urian for his screenplays (Mayohan, Bisperas, Oros) and direction (Oros).
In 2013, his film Oros (The Coinbearer) was the opening film of the 2012 Asiatica Filmediale in Rome, Italy. It also won Best Film in the DC Independent Film Festival. The film and its supporting actor (Kristoffer Martin) also garnered honorable mention awards in both the Landlocked Film Festival (Iowa) and Long Island Film Expo (New York) respectively.

In Balut Country, 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.

Cast: Rocco Nacino, Ronnie Quizon, Angela Cortez, Nanette Inventor
and Vincent Magbanua
Also Starring: Archi Adamos, Jelson Bay, Leo Sarmiento, and Denise Jewel Alfonso

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BAMBANTI (Scarecrow)
ZIG DULAY / Writer | Director
Zig M. Dulay began his career as a filmmaker in 2011 when he directed his first full-length film Huling Halik (The Last Kiss), a NETPAC entry in 2011 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. In 2012, he started to write screenplays for various directors. His screenplays include; Posas (Shackled) directed by Lawrence Fajardo (Best Picture in 2012 Cinemalaya Film Festival and 2012 Hanoi International Film Festival); QWERTY by Ed Lejano (Special Jury Prize in 2012 Sineng Pambansa Film Festival); Ad Ignorantiam by Armando Lao (Jury Prize in 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, New Wave); Ekstra (The Bit Player) directed by Jeffrey Jeturian (Jury Prize in 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival and this is also the film in which he bagged the Best Screenplay; and Kasal (The Commitment) directed by Jay Altarejos (Best Film in 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival). His short film ‘Missing’ was included in the official selection of 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival, short film category. The film won the Best Short Film in 2013 URIAN Awards. His latest full-length film ‘M. (Mother’s Maiden Name) won Special Jury Prize in 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival – New Wave Section.

Bambanti is about the search for a missing watch instigates the painful quest for the truth in Belyn’s and her son’s life.

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.

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SWAP

REMTON SIEGA ZUASOLA / Writer | Director
A Filipino film director dedicated to the cultivation of modern Cebuano cinema. A receptient of the Ani ng Dangal award for his outstanding contribution to National Cinema. The province of Cebu awarded him with a Governor’s Citation of the Garbo sa Sugbo Awards (pride of Cebu) for his contribution to Cebuano Cinema.

He first caught the attention of the Philippine film scene with his short film “To Siomai love” which won for him the 2009 Ishmael bernal award for most outstanding young Filipino filmmaker from Cinemanila international film festival. In 2010 his first feature length film “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria”. It garnered top awards from Gawad Urian such as best picture, best cinematography, best musical score and Remton became one of the youngest recipient of the Gawad Urian Best Director Award. Remton has recently finished his 2nd feature “Soap Opera” under Cinema one Originals.

Swap tells the story of 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.
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.

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IMBISIBOL
LAWRENCE FAJARDO / Director
Lawrence Fajardo hails from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental where he finished Masscommunication at the University of St. Lasalle Bacolod.
His most prominent works to date are Amok, a finalist in the New Breed Category of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2011 where it won Best Sound and Editing, followed by Posas in 2012, which won Best Film in the Director’s Showcase Category. Both of which competed in countless prestigious film festivals around the globe. Amok was shown in South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, USA, Canada and Italy. Amok won Best Sound and Editing in the Natatanging Gawad Urian in 2012 and bagged the Special Prize of the Jury Award at the Detective Fest in Moscow, Russia in the same year. Posas even became even more successful as it was shown in 12 festivals, spanning 5 different continents around the globe. It brought home pride as it won Best Film in Hanoi International Film Festival in 2012.In 2013, Lawrence rekindled his love for theater when he directed the play “Imbisibol”, which was staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as part of the Virgin Labfest 9. It was restaged the following year as part of Virgin Labfest 10.

Two Filipino illegal migrants in Japan meet at their friend’s house to collect the letters their family sent under their fictional names, only for all of them to be left in a quandary when in the middle of their happy lunch, a fellow Filipino suddenly barges in and confesses that he has accidentally killed a co-worker and that the police are after him.
Cast: JM De Guzman, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, Allen Dizon and Ricky Davao
Also Starring: JC Santos, Only Torres, Naoki Takai, Shinpei Suzuki, May Alleman, Kaz Sawamura, Masaharu Iwamoto, Oyee Barro and Ricky Davao.

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NINJA PARTY

JIM LIBIRAN / Co-Writer | Director
Jim Libiran made his directorial debut in 2006 with PANCIT CANTON, a short film which his wrote and produced. In 2007, he came up with his first full-length film TRIBU and followed it with HAPPYLAND in 2010. He also wrote and directed the short film Batch 2011, a feature in the ABS-CBN News KINSE Human Rights Film Anthology. His latest works include his contribution as creative producer to the film SUNTOK SA BUWAN directed Bianca Catbagan, and ARAW, a short film produced by SunLife Financials Asia and KymeChow Media.

Ninja Party tackles the story of several 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.
Cast: Annicka Dolonius, Julz Savard, Bea Galvez, Elora Espano, Mariz Reyes, Japo Parcero, Odette Khan, Teresa Loyzaga and Denise Marasigan

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