GUIDE: Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016

Now in its second year, Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2016 will run from April 21 to 26 at the following cinemas: SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, and SM Manila.  Join the Facebook event here.

Screening Schedules

OPENING FILM: The festival will have its opening ceremony at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere on April 21, Thursday, at 5:00 PM. This will be followed by the screening of the 2015 documentary Human by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

GABI NG PARANGAL: The Awards Night is set on April 24, Sunday, 6:00 PM, also at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere. The festival jury is headed by award-winning filmmaker Lav Diaz.

CLOSING FILM: Mike van Diem’s 2015 romantic comedy film The Surprise will serve as the festival’s closing film on April 26, Thursday, 7:00 PM at SM Megamall Cinema 1.

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Since its successful inauguration last March 2015, the first set of featured films have debuted in various international film festivals. “The exposure of the filmmakers in other countries brings pride and honor to Sinag Maynila and to the Filipino Filmmakers,” says Festival Director Brillante Mendoza. As we welcome the new year, the independent film festival Sinag Maynila already has a line-up of films to be premiered by April 2016.

Conceptualized and helmed by its CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng, together with world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza, Sinag Maynila gives grants to independent filmmakers so they can develop their individual material to a full-length film for public exhibition. For 2016, the festival has been opened to any Filipino independent filmmaker who wish to apply for a film grant.


Short Film Finalists

The short film entries will be screened at SM Megamall on April 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday). Entries included in each of the two sets will be listed here later:

  1. Ang Kapinunan Kan Mga Alon Sa Danay (Where The Lake’s Ripple Begin) – Jennifer Lyn Romano
  2. Ang Piyeta (The Pieta) – Maestro Mark Sherwin Marquez
  3. Apo – Joshua Roque
  4. Apuhap – Raf Evangelista
  5. Fructus Ventris (Fruit Of Her Womb) – Wence Albert R. Trajano & Elton James Marcelo
  6. Hide Post – Envangello Cyedel Dela Pena
  7. Ilog Waga – Jae-re Louise Liwanag
  8. Ina Namin (Our Mother) – Brian Spencer Reyes
  9. Indio – Leahlou D. Abellanosa
  10. Neon – Rod Michael Tumbaga
  11. Nino – Ferdinand Mesias & Ronyel Compra
  12. Plus Sign – Nikko Paciben
  13. The Foreseeing – Daniel Morial & Jeth Ordeniza

Samsung Cinephone Finalists

  1. 99% – John Paolo S. Barcena
  2. Changing Roads – Angela Andres & Freana Garcia
  3. Espayb – Ebone Cimafranca, Jacquiline Hidalgo, Jessica Rubete & Juselle Roble
  4. Google Map – Chaira Mae Prado
  5. In a Dog’s Eyes – Michaela Veronica B. Padora
  6. Lapis – Partick Joseph C. Leano
  7. Litrato ng Nakaraan – Angelika Deofilo, Danilo Garcia & Samantha Mariano
  8. Tapat Si Tatay – Klaire Marie Zubiri & Faye Isabel Estrada
  9. Walang Wi-fi sa Dagat – Paul Arrenze Dionela

Feature Film Finalists

Five chosen filmmakers closely collaborated with Tieng and Mendoza. This collaboration resulted in stories that reflect the Filipino culture while illustrating messages that will resonate globally.

sinag maynila 2016 full-length feature films

Adolf Alix JrMRS. by Adolf Alix Jr.

Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Anita Linda, Mark Herras.

70-year-old Virginia shares the old ancestral house with Delia, her ever-loyal maid. Delia is marrying her long-time boyfriend, Rene, and tearfully confides to Virginia that she wants to go home to her parents in the province to start a new family life with him. Haunted by a past that Virginia tries to conquer—her only son Sonny Boy who disappeared years ago, what follows shows a portrait of a woman and a mother trying to juggle the sad realities of life in a cycle of life and death.

Read more: Elizabeth Oropesa, Lotlot de Leon topbill Adolf Alix Jr.’s ‘Mrs.’


Ato BautistaEXPRESSWAY by Ato Bautista

Starring: Alvin Anson, Aljur Abrenica, RK Bagatsing, Kiko Matos, Inez Bernardo, Japo Parcero, Arpee Bautista, Jim Libiran.

A syndicate old-timer named Ben needs to do one last assignment before the boss he works for grants him his much delayed retirement. Assigned to be his partner is the neophyte Morris, a trigger-happy, sadist who yearns to impress the syndicate boss. For Ben, this last assignment turns out to be a journey of introspection, self-healing and redemption. With this awakening, he takes it upon himself to pull Morris out of the eventual hell-of-a-life he says he has lived as a hitman.

Read more: Aljur Abrenica, Alvin Anson star in Ato Bautista’s ‘Expressway’


Mes De GuzmanDYAMPER by Mes De Guzman

Starring: Carlo Aquino, Alchris Galura, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Liza Dino-Seguerra, Debbie Garcia.

Three friends wait along Dalton Pass every dawn to jump at the back of rice delivery trucks to steal the goods and sell it at the wet market as their means of income. One of them accidentally gets a pack of drugs in one of the trucks they jumped and finds themselves in jeopardy when its owners track them down to retrieve the stash, and gives them a chance to get off the hook by means of taking on a risky mission.

Read more: Mes De Guzman’s ‘Dyamper’ depicts real-life struggle in Nueva Vizcaya


Jay AltarejosT.P.O. by Joselito Altarejos

Starring: Oliver Aquino, Mara Lopez, Micko Laurente, Menggie Cobarrubias, Lui Manansala.

T.P.O. tells the story of Miguel, an abusive husband to Teresa, a former town-beauty queen. They have an eight-year old son, JR. Their small family lives with Miguel’s parents. The family is shattered by the vicious cycle of domestic abuse. Just like our legal system, the film slowly unravels their story. 

Read more: Mara Lopez plays battered wife in Jay Altarejos’ ‘T.P.O.’


Gino SantosLILA by Gino Santos

Starring: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee, Sherry Alingod, Migs Cuaderno.

Jess is a young woman running from her past and moves into the house of a warmhearted landlady. She finds a diary in her room that belonged to an old tenant. As days pass, strange occurrences ensue and the diary’s words take an eerie turn when Jess finds herself in the middle of a malevolent turn of events from a dark past not entirely her own.

Read more: Janine Gutierrez, Enchong Dee escape dark past in Gino M. Santos’ ‘Lila’


Ticket Rates

The rate for the tickets depends on participating SM Cinemas (SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premiere, and SM Manila).

Festival passes can be purchased through SM Cinema’s E-Plus outlets. For P699, you can have a limited edition Sinag Maynila 2016 E-Plus card and access to all five feature-length entries, opening film, closing film, a film appreciation course and one movie from Blink.

For more updates, look for Sinag Maynila on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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