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