Cinemagis 6, the region’s premier digital short film festival, has concluded with resounding success last January 25. Flocks of Kagay-anons and Northern Mindanaoans came to witness the 13 entries at SM City Cagayan de Oro and at the Xavier University Little Theater.
Ika-III Putahi (Recipe No 3), a film by Joeromer Bacus, bagged a couple of awards including Best Short Film in the professional category, as well as Best Art Direction, Best Story, Best Sound Scoring, Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Actor (Rusty Quintana).
Lugdang (Drowned) by Gray-em Erezo, won the 1st runner up for Best Short Film, as well as Best Cinematography and Best Actress (Kris Gebe). It also received the Special Jury Award for Social Responsibility on Climate Change, as it takes on a story of the horrors of Typhoon Sendong.
The 2nd runner up for Best Short Film was received by “Hello”, a film by Kevin Nico Surposa which is an entry from Iligan City, which takes on the innocence of a woman subjected to the horrors of facing perversion.
Panamilit, a film by Tat Soriano, won 3 special awards: the Audience Choice Award, Best Poster Award, and Female Star of the Night (Rhea Arroyo). The film talks of moving on and letting go of a relationship to begin a new life, with surprising twists.
On the student category, Wa Ko Kakita (I haven’t seen it) by Eastin Charles Taneo of Liceo de Cagayan University bagged the Best Short Film award, as well as Best Story, Best Director and Best Actor (Ray Anthony Vacalares). The film was a brilliant telling of the filipino folk tale “Alamat ng Pinya” (The Tale of the Pineapple). The casting of a flamboyant gay character played by Vacalares instead of the normal girl character from the folk tale gave the film its brilliant streak, making the film surprisingly funny and visualizes the gender stereotype that challenges the Philippine society today.
Coming in 1st runner up is Kaon Ta (Let’s eat) by Richard Mars Caberte of Xavier University. Kaon Ta also won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography an Best Editing. Kaon Ta highlights the growing trend of fast food and food carts in the city and the prevalent question of sanitation, with an unsettling twist.
At 2nd runner up is Janine Banday’s “The Perfect Girl,” also from Xavier University. It talks about a man who has found his perfect girl, albeit an impossible one.
The Best Actress award went to Jocell Sedigo for her portrayal in Binibining Cancer, a filmby John Solomon Legara of Xavier University. The Best Trailer Award went to Perla by Angel Francis Borres of Xavier University High School.
Wa Ko Kakita, Unawa, The Perfect Girl, Kaon Ta, Lugdang, Ika-3 Putahi, Diskonek from Butuan City, and award winning Ang Walay Kahumanang Adlaw (Infinite Sun) by Glenmark Doromal will represent the region in the Cinema Rehiyon 6 this February.
Cover Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy