The official finalists of the third TOFARM Film Festival were announced during a press conference today at Novotel Manila in Cubao, Quezon City.
Out of 119 submitted entries, here are the full-length film category finalists of TOFARM Film Festival 2018:
- “1957,” a historical drama written and to be directed by Hubert Tibi
- “Alimuom,” a science fiction written and to be directed by Keith Sicat
- “Fasang,” a period romance written by Charlson Ong (director to be announced)
- “Isang Kuwento ng Gubat (The Leonard Co Story),” a biopic written by Rosalie Matilac; and to be directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Rosalie Matilac, and Nilo Paz
- “Lola Igna,” a cultural drama written and directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
- “Mga Anak Ng Kamote,” a futuristic drama written by John Carlo Pacala, directed by Carlo Catu
- “Sol Searching,“ a dark comedy written and directed by Roman Perez Jr.
A group of farmers in Bicol are at the mercy of Don Pepe, a strict landlord. 20-year old Lucio, son of a former member of the Hukbalahap, pins hopes on the arrival of President Ramon Magsaysay in their area, for genuine land reform to take place. We know what happened in 1957.
Specific sections of the country are under individual bio-domes. The OFWs are actually Outerspace Filipino Workers and the song Bahay-Kubo is a distant memory that makes a young boy ask, “Ano ang singkamas?” (What is a turnip?)
Based on the classic Philippine short story Tanabata’s Wife, set in the 1920’s, to also feature a Japanese actor. Tanabata-san is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Baguio, where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens. Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand, and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son, but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of the Baguio that is now taking shape, and to someone else.
Isang Kuwento ng Gubat (The Leonard Co Story)
A homage to the great Filipino botanist slain together with a guide and forest ranger in the forest of Kananga, Leyte. Government troops claimed they were caught in a crossfire between the military and the NPA, but two of the survivors said there was no gunfight and that they were apparently mistaken to be NPAs.
Living in Sagada, Lola Igna is 115 years old. Will she get to be the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest living person and become a tourist attraction to benefit the farming community close to the cliff of the hanging coffins? What will her possible winning or losing do to the warring factions of her immediate family?
Mga Anak ng Kamote
Set in the Philippines, 2052, the planting of kamote has been outlawed and those caught planting and selling kamote is put in jail, no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act.
Teacher Sol is dead and cannot be buried because there are no funds. How will the community come forward to put her to rest, this strict and no-nonsense teacher of grade school students and farmers who need to be taught scientific farming methods?
This year’s TOFARM Selection Committee is composed of Raquel Villavicencio (chairperson), Krip Yuson, Antoinette Jadaone, Mario Cornejo, and Manny Buising.
TOFARM Film Festival 2018 runs September 12-18 in select cinemas.