The movies are novelty. The stories are unpredictable. The talents are the emerging new breed. These are what make the 2009 Cinema One Digital Film Festival an event when it opens at the Gateway Mall Cinema at the Araneta Center Cubao on November 13 and runs until November 17. Its much anticipated Awards Night will be held on November 15 at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN.
Spearheaded by the country’s number 1 movie cable channel Cinema One, and helmed by its Director for Programming Ronald Arguelles, this year’s digital film festival is guaranteed to elicit anticipation as it is part of the ongoing 15 Year Anniversary of Cinema One’s leadership in local cinema. The festival will also run its winning Originals like Confessional, Tambolista, Dose, Altar and Yanggaw. Plus there will also be a theatrical feature of selected acclaimed classics of multi-awarded filmmakers Danny Zialcita and Brillante Mendoza.
Chosen and strained carefully from over 100 entries, this year’s festival has five (5) finalists:
Maximus & Minimus is a ‘sweet comedy’ by directors Nap Jamir and Jimmy Flores. A comedy of contrasts, it’s where excess and shortcomings happen and where bounty and scarcity is experienced by a woman who will realize changes are what her life needs. Paano Ko Sasabihin is a romantic comedy of writer-director Richard Legaspi where sparks fly between two people, literally without words but with lots of sing language (yes, sign language!), heart and laughter. Ray Gibraltar directs Wanted: Border, a horror-drama where one woman’s descend to madness is manifested through people who are looking for refuge. But it’s likely nightmare they end up to. Writer-director Melvin Brito helms Bala Bala. This mystery-fantasy follows the magical journey of two supposed healers who discover one thing they have in common why they cannot separate. Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong Si Bobo is a children’s film for adults by writer-director Rommel ‘Milo’ Tolentino where three characters are bound to make everybody relate to them with what they will encounter in their young lives.
The 2009 Cinema One Originals will not only promise entertainment but also enrichment for all movie audience! These movies are produced and owned by Cinema One Cable Channel and the Creative Programs, Inc. through this yearly film festival project.