Pelikultura Calabarzon Film Festival 2014

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Los Baños, Laguna – Along with Calabarzon-produced short films in competition, Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2014 will showcase award-winning full-length indie films during the three-day film festival on Feb. 26-28 at the NCAS Auditorium in UP Los Baños.

The festival opens with Arnel Mardoquio’s Riddles of My Homecoming, Special Jury Prize winner at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Nov. 2013. Riddles also won four other major awards, including Best Production Design, Best Music, Best Cinematography, and Best Director. The film stars UPLB’s instructor and Pelikultura festival director, Ms. Madz Garcia.

Pelikultura 2014 is also proud to bring Lav Diaz’s Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan as the closing film on Feb. 28 at 1pm. It premiered as an official selection in "Un Certain Regard" at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 and won the top prize at the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival in Oct. 2013.

The heart of the festival is the showcase of short films from Calabarzon and other regions. From among the 30 film submissions from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, 10 film entries were shortlisted for the narrative category, and five others were selected for the documentary category.

The 10 shortlisted entries for the narrative category are the following: Jonathan by Rolson Chester Ilao (Laguna), Sa Huli by Jerome Lingan Dulin (Laguna), Ngiti sa Piso by Domcar Calinawan Lagto (Batangas), Pag ang Palay Naging Bigas by Lexian Losley Avestruz (Quezon), Isang Karaniwang Kwento ng Pag-Ibig by Steve Cardona (Batangas), Puppy Love by Hector Lincallo, Jr. (Batangas), Hula by PROMDi FiLMS (Batangas), Tiya Bening by Ralph Aldrin Quijano (Batangas), Pag-ibig ni Angelo Guidoti by Ralph Aldrin Quijano (Batangas), and Kuwento ni Buhol by Ronan Vergara (Laguna).

The following are five shortlisted entries for documentary category Ang Aking Inspirasyon by Al Geraldleo Laurio (Laguna), Ang Planta by MSEUF BS Mass Comm 3rd Yr. (Quezon),Batang Padyak by Anjeanette Japor & Natalie Mondejar (Quezon), Gulong by Angelie Mae Macalanda (Rizal), Ang Tanda Kung Saan Napunta ang Mga Ngiti by Neville Carbon (Cavite).

The finalists vie for the following major awards: Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and Best Director in both categories. Other special awards for the narrative category include: Best Story, Best Performance by an Actor and Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Original Music, and Most Gender-Sensitive Film Award. For both narrative and documentary category, special awards will be given such as Audience Choice Award and Special Jury Prize.

Admission to all screenings is free, except for the opening and closing films. Tickets for Riddle and Norte cost Php50 each.

For more information and ticket reservation, please contact pelikuLAB Secretariat at (63 998) 434-4055, (63 905) 371-0186 or email at

University of the Philippines
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Wednesday February 26, 2014 - Friday February 28, 2014


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