Nora Aunor and Zanjoe Marudo in "Isa Pang Bahaghari"

FACINE 28 in US announces Filipino films in competition

The Filipino Arts and Cinema International (FACINE), an annual international cine festival in San Francisco, California announced on Monday its finalists in various sections in the full length division.

FACINE has chosen nine (9) finalists to compete in the following categories: Film, direction, writing, performances in both lead and secondary roles, male and female, editing, cinematography, visual (set, costumes and special effects) and aural design (sound, music).

Now on its 28th year, FACINE was founded and organized by film critic Mauro Feria Tumbocon, Jr., also known for his pen name Mike Feria, former member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP) and founder, and former chairman of the Young Critics Circle.

FACINE is the longest-running festival of films from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora which has earned honors and encouragement not only from the arts communities worldwide but from various socio-cultural agencies.

Due to the life-threatening COVID-19 pandemic last year, the event was deferred.

This year’s festival will be entirely virtual and will be held on November 4-7, 2021.

A panel of three jury members will select the eventual winners.

The following are the finalists:

“Hayop Ka. The Nimfa Dimaano Story” (You Animal)  (Rocketship Studios, Spring Films, producers) Directed by Avid Liongoren, written by Manny Angeles, Paulle Olivenza. 2020.

“Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending” (You and me and the Ending) (Viva Films, producer) Directed and written by Irene Emma Villamor. 2021.

Isa Pang Bahaghari” (Another Rainbow) (Heaven’s Best Entertainment, producer) Directed by Joel Lamangan, written by Eric Ramos. 2019.

“Kung Saan man Tayo” (Wherever we may be) (Project Reconnect, producer) Directed and written by Adrian Ellis Alarilla. 2021.

Paolo Gumabao in “Lockdown”

“Lockdown” (For the Love of Art Films, producer) Directed by Joel Lamangan, written by Troy Espiritu. 2021.

“Love and Pain in Between Refrains” (2525 Productions, 2076 Kolektib, producers) Directed and written by Joselito Altarejos. 2021.

“Midnight in a Perfect World” (Global Studios, Epic Media, producers) Directed by Dodo Dayao, written by Dodo Dayao, Carljoe Javier. 2020.

“Nerisa” (Viva Films, producer) Directed by Lawrence Fajardo, written by Ricky Lee. 2021.

“On Vodka, Beers and Regrets” (Viva Films, producer) Directed and written by Irene Emma Villamor. 2020.

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