Friday, January 27, 2023

9 FEU DepComm shorts vie for Adamson filmfest awards

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Nine short films made by Digital Cinema and Convergent Media students from Far Eastern University (FEU) Department of Communication qualified for “REALIFILM 2023 | Haze of Truth: Underlying Gap of Life,” an interschool film competition organized by Adamson University’s Silip@Lente in collaboration with the AdU Cultural Affairs Office.

“Akin ang Buhok Ko” written and directed by Luke Salazar, “All the Things Left Unsaid” by Josh Van Ulric Ocampo, “Ang Babayi” by Sydney Dominic Roxas, “Baka Búkas, Bukás Na” by Ely Baculo, “Banaag” by Frangel Obien, “Heels On” by Daniel John Sanchez, “Hilahil” by JD Mardo, “If You Leave Me, Please Let Me Know” by Patrick Pangan, and “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Kaloy Cabarrubias will compete with 17 other student finalists at AdU Theater on January 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Akin ang Buhok Ko” follows the story of a nine-year-old boy who simply wants to keep his long hair against the wishes of the adults around him. It previously won Best Short Film and Best Director for Salazar at FEU’s “LIKHANG MULAT: Gabi ng Parangal 2022.”

In “All the Things Left Unsaid,” a boy narrates his life as a queer individual speaking about his inner child in a very mundane setting. He starts by unfolding his imaginative perspective on the laundry as a colorful world with dirty clothes and cute little fishes.

On the other hand, “Ang Babayi” tells an alternate version of The Story of Creation, this time Eve (Joyce Macalia) emerges from the water and becomes the first human instead of Adam. Her exploration of survival in the Garden of Eden leads her to a predatory foe and an unlikely companion.

In “Baka Búkas, Bukás Na,” two old men, who hang out every day in a local coffee shop, reminisce about their bittersweet past when two young men enter the coffeehouse.

“Banaag” is about a woman who creates an almost perfect life as she co-exists with her younger and future self in an attempt to heal the wounds of trials and tribulations.

In “Heels On,” a young father (Dani Sanchez) wears fabulous clothes and heels as a dance teacher at a studio in Cubao. As he gets home, he thinks that his daughter does not have any idea about his work.

Meanwhile, chaos erupts as an uninvited guest interrupts three men having a casual drink in “Hilahil.”

In “If You Leave Me, Please Let Me Know,” a young boy (Kaloy Estrella) thoroughly looks at a giant felled tree in front of their house. The tree seems oddly mysterious to him as he finds connection to it. This as bullies tease him that he is a son of a Kapre, a giant creature who lives in a tree. The short film is one of the finalists in the Young Voices section of Sine Halaga 2 and Sorok Short Film Festival.

Finally, in “Save the Last Dance for Me,” a young man (Aristedes Lamorena, Jr.) meets a mysterious woman (Bjorn Pestaño) in the middle of a forest. Mesmerized by her beauty, he is determined to pursue her, and they develop a deep connection. He is unaware that this encounter will alter his life forever.

FEU DepComm program chair Herwin Cabasal lauded the FEU films for being “proud to tell the stories of the unheard and explore the gaps in today's society.”

REALIFILM has “Romanticizing Life and Social Issues” as its theme in this year’s competition.

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