CSB students compete in first Maybank PH film competition

CSB students compete in first Maybank PH film competition

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Maybank Philippines spearheaded a film competition where students from various universities and colleges were selected to compete, including two groups of students from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).

Among the 24 short films selected for the first ever CineMaybank Short Film Festival 2017, Benilde was represented by two different groups with the entries “Gunitaand “Agos.”

Gunita, created by Multimedia Arts (MMA) students Kookee Flores, Marvin Relucio, Ian Abella, Jericho Layson, Production Design student, Mira Bautista, and Fashion Design and Merchandising student Janel Gutierrez, captures the heartbreaking story of a man grieving over the death of his girlfriend. The main character, played by Animation student Miguel Nasser, attempts to overcome his grief by reimagining his memories with the character played by Patricia Terrado.

Despite the tragic premise, the film ultimately concludes on a positive note, ending with themes of comfort and acceptance. The short film was also done with the guidance of Multimedia Video professor Vanju Alvaira.

Another short film representing Benilde is Agos, created by Linus Rinoza, Sian Riza Malolos, and Marian Hukom, who are all MMA students. It tells an emotional story of an old man (played by Alejandro Pontioso) whose chance encounter with a small child (played by Nelson Malolos) causes him to reminisce about his son.

According to Rinoza, one of the producers of Agos, their aim was to “…have the audience have their own interpretation. But in my opinion it’s like a slice of life — like how life is a semiotic to the wave, it goes on or it comes and go.”

In addition, to help develop their short films, participating students also had a workshop with award-winning director Brillante Mendoza last August 11.

“I’m glad na nag-provide sila [Maybank] ng seminar/workshop with [Director] Brillante before ng creation of the film itself.  Kasi usually [kapag] film competition, submit lang pero dito may mga dates na ire-review ‘yung script pati [first] cut ng movie and may awards night pa,” Abella, one of the team members of Gunita, said.

Competing along Gunita and Agos are the following films:

  • Pugay by Pilikmata Pictures (Ateneo de Manila University)
  • Estranghero may Sobre by Cine-APFI (Asia Pacific Film Institute)
  • Pahimakas by MMN Production from (Asia Pacific Film Institute)
  • Munting Hiling by Brighter Than the Sun (Centro Escolar University – Manila)
  • A Pause in Life by Darker Than the Light (Centro Escolar University – Manila)
  • Sobre by Bangka Productions (Far Eastern University)
  • Avenida, Napupuno Ka Ng Grasya by Retina Pictures (Far Eastern University)
  • Suyo by Psy Productions (Far Eastern University)
  • Isa, Dalawa by DEUS EX MACHINA Productions (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila)
  • Pasasalamat by Hulagway Productions (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila)
  • Kapuwa by Malaya Productions (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila)
  • Alaalay by Rabbi Productions (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila)
  • Puting Dingding by Arko Productions (San Sebastian College – Recoletos)
  • Bente by Blinds Production from (San Sebastian College – Recoletos)
  • Pakita Pitaka by Kuja Productions (Trinity University of Asia)
  • Destinasyon by Makap Productions (Trinity University of Asia)
  • Guhit by One Productions (Trinity University of Asia)
  • Pamanang Umaga by Artstroke Productions (University of the East – Caloocan)
  • Sana by Namamahay Productions (University of the East – Caloocan)
  • Tanaw by Quadrants Productions (University of the East – Caloocan)
  • Dapithapon by Still Productions (University of the East – Caloocan)
  • Nader by Tfs Productions (University of Santo Tomas)

The Gawad CineMaybank Awards Night will take place on October 19 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theatre in Bonifacio Global City. Judges will decide on the winning short films based on relevance to the theme (40%), originality (30%), and production quality (30%).

The team behind the best short film will receive trophies and P50,000 while their organization will get P10,000. Second and third placers will also bring home trophies, along with P30,000 (P5,000 for their organization) and P15,000 (P3,000 for their organization) cash prizes respectively.

In addition, the Best Performer, Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Cinematography will also be awarded.

There will also be a special social media award for the short film with the most likes and views on Youtube and Facebook.

Gunita, Agos, and the rest of the entries, can be viewed on Maybank’s official Facebook and Youtube account.

Founded in 1960, Maybank is Malaysia’s largest bank, with branches in all 10 ASEAN nations. Maybank Philippines Inc. was established in 1997.


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