On Wednesday, February 21, at The Block Cinema 3, SM North-EDSA, Sinag Maynila officially kicked-off its fourth year with its thene–‘Sine Lokal, Pang-Imternational’ and of being true to its advocacy of capturing the artistic storytelling of fimmakers that appeal to international film festivals.
Wilson Tsieng, CEO and founder of the festival gave his assurance to film buffs, “Ngayong Sinag Maynila 2018, asahan ninyong hindi kayo mabibigo sa mga kalahok na pelikula.”
The five films vying for the Full-Length category and are in the running for more international recognition and some finalists have already been screen abroad and will be exhibited in time for the festival run from March 7 to 15 in selected SM Cinemas in the Metro, particularly in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Manila and SM Sta. Mesa.
Films by Yam Laranas‘s ‘Abomination’, Ralston Jover‘s ‘Bomba’, Richard Somes‘s ‘El Peste’, Matthew Victor Pastor‘s ‘Melodrama/Random/Melbourne’, and Joselito Altarejos‘s ‘Tale of the Lost Boys’ have been annouced as the five films in the Full-Length category. For short film category, six entries are–Pamela Barrios‘s ‘Cesar & Magda’, Jill Urdaneta‘s ‘Firestarter’, John Agcalis‘s ‘Halusinasyon’, Tom Nava‘s ‘Kalye FM’, Angelo Amar‘s ‘Pompoms’, and Odin Fernandez‘s ‘The Duwende’.
Documentary films of Dexter Macaraig (Am-amma), Vandam Arambulo (Halaga), Albert Almendralejo (Journeyman), Janine Santos (Mahal), Rina Abary (Tsuper) and Jaimee Bernardo (Voltaire) are part of the festival in the said category.
Apart from Tsieng of Solar Entertianment Corporation, international award-winning filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza is the festival director.
Together with Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), special screenings, forums and workshops have been lined up during the festival run.