Short films from Mapua University recently led the winners of Piling Obrang Vidyo XV, an interschool video competition, at Cine Adarna in UP Diliman.
Films directed by Mapuans Celina Mae Medina, Harold Lance Pialda and Gabrielle Lloyd Reyes topped their corresponding POV categories.
Medina and fellow Mapuan Tricia Sotaso bagged Best Narrative Film and Best Cinematography, respectively, for “Ophelia.” The short film is about a depressed college student (Rea Molina) who wants to seek psychiatric help but her parents (Soliman Cruz and Angelina Kanapi) have other plans in mind.
Pialda’s “Gatilyo” (Trigger) was awarded Best Director, Best Sound and Best Production Design, also in the narrative film category. “Gatilyo” tells the story of a soldier (Rocky Salumbides) who is being haunted by the war he survived.
Meanwhile, Reyes got the Best Experimental Film prize for “Ang Mambabarang at ang mga Taong Pinatay sa Limot.” Reyes’ work bested his other entry “Kanin Baboy, Taong Baboy,” another Mapuan film “Ang Pagtuklas sa Larangan ng Pagiging Maria Clara” by Lady Vicente, and two others from University of San Carlos in Cebu and UP Film Institute.
“Aswang” from Far Eastern University received the Best Screenplay award, “Babuyan” from UPFI got Best Editing, People’s Choice and Cinemasters’ Choice, while “Househusband” from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won Best Documentary.
Rody Vera, Carlo Manatad, Chuck Gutierrez, Dix Buhay, Christian Bables, Lars Magbanua, Prime Cruz, Miko Livelo and Raffy Magsaysay judged the narrative films. The group of Hiyas Bagabaldo, Wena Sanchez and Keith Deligero, and that of Jet Leyco, Jim Lumbera and Rox Lee, served as jury for the documentaries and experimental films, respectively.
POV is organized by UP Cinema, an academic, social and cultural organization based at the UP College of Mass Communication. Aside from organizing POV, UP Cinema also serves as a venue for the open and free discussion of issues and ideas concerning cinema as a movement, art and industry.