Filipino short film vies for top prize in Middle East’s biggest children’s film festival

Posted in Film Festivals, News, Screening on April 16, 2015 by cycloneloopfilmprod

“Pipo,” a short film starring veteran actor Lou Veloso, Chanel Latorre, and Maliksi Morales, will compete in the upcoming Children’s International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates 2015 edition. This annual event is the biggest international film festival in the Arab World that is solely dedicated for children. The festival will be held from April 23 to May 2 at the Madinat Jumeirah and the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, UAE.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and UNESCO Laureate artist Richard Soriano Legaspi, the lone entry from the Philippines in the competition program of the festival is vying for the Audience Choice Award in the International Short Category. Pipo tells of a young boy’s dream to have his family picture taken. It is Legaspi’s second installment from his “Collective Memoirs” short film trilogy. It shows the relationship of memories and how the past and present will marry in a simple narrative. The film was a competitive grant winner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and with the support funding from Università delle Idee and ILLY – Italy.

Legaspi’s achievements gained more importance when he represented the Philippines in major festivals and won a prestigious award in Italy. His first full-length film “Paano Ko Sasabihin?” starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales, won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and was a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy. He is also the director and writer of award-winning films like “Manenaya,” Special Jury Prize winner at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and the opening film of Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome in 2012, and “Ambulancia,” which earned the Miglior Montaggio Award at the San Gio Film Festival and was a finalist at the Dubai International Film Festival (IFF).

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A prolific filmmaker, Legaspi also directed “Pamatid-Gutom,” “Kinulayang Kiti,” “Pagtakas sa Kawalan,” “Dimensions of Belonging,” and “Fare L’Amore con il Vento.” His first documentary “Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta” (L’instancabile viaggio della valigia rossa) was produced by GMA News TV under the CineTotoo International Documentary Film Festival 2014. His works are more focused on raising consciousness and creating space for dialogue on communal issues, responsible transformation of society and creative activation through contemporary art.

A two-time Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) awardee in 2010 and 2011, Carlos Palanca Awardee for Literature in 2012 for the screenplay “Primera Bella,” and a Gawad Urian nominee for “Manenaya,” he received the prestigious UNESCO Laureate artist recognition in 2013, eventually becoming a resident artist of the Università delle Idee, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and ILLY CAN PRIZE WINNER – Art for Social Change in Italy.

Filipinos in Dubai will have the chance to see “Pipo” on its international premiere at the Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates on Saturday 25th April at 3:00pm (UAE time).

UE CFAD Professor’s Film Shown at 2015 Children’s International Film Festival

Posted in Film Festivals, News on March 20, 2015 by cycloneloopfilmprod
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Congratulations, Filmmaker and UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) Professor Richard S. Legaspi! His short film ‘Pipo’ is the lone Filipino film in the competition program of the 2015 Children’s International Film Festival. The festival will be from April 23 to May 2, 2015 at the Madinat Jumeirah and the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The film, which stars child actor Maliksi Morales, stage actress Chanel Latorre and veteran actor Lou Veloso, tells of a young boy’s dream to have his family picture taken.

Prof. Legaspi graduated from UE in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts degree, at the UE CFAD, where he went on to teach. He is a fellow of the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, where he studied filmmaking under renowned directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.

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His first full-length film ‘Paano Ko Sasabihin?’, starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales, won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing prize at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and was a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy. Prof. Legaspi is also the director and writer of award-winning films like ‘Manenaya,’ which was the Jury Prize winner at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and the opening film at the prestigious Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome, both in 2012; ‘Ambulancia,’ which earned the Miglior Montaggio Award at the San Gio Film Festival, and was a finalist at Dubai International Film Festival (IFF); ‘Kinulayang Kiti,’ a winner at the Gawad CCP Alternative Film and Video Festival and finalist at the Auburn IFF in Australia; and ‘Hunger Pangs,’ which was in competition at the Naousa IFF in Greece and part of the Official Selection of World Film Festival Bangkok 2012.

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In 2012, Prof. Legaspi won 2nd Place in the Dulang Pampelikula category of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his work ‘Primera Bella.’ In 2013, he was selected as one of the UNESCO Aschberg Laureate Artists of 2013, a scholarship program that offers residencies to young artists worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures.

Kudos, Warrior Filmmaker!

Manenaya -Focus Philippines, 12th International Festival Signes de Nuit Paris

Posted in Film Festivals, News on December 6, 2014 by cycloneloopfilmprod

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DIMENSIONS OF BELONGING – in competition, 6th Wordless ISFF Sydney, Australia

Posted in Film Festivals, News on October 27, 2014 by cycloneloopfilmprod

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Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta Screening Schedule

Posted in News on September 1, 2014 by cycloneloopfilmprod

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CineTotoo announces 11 documentary film finalists

Posted in News on May 10, 2014 by cycloneloopfilmprod

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After a rigorous selection process, the CineTotoo Philippine International Documentary Film Festivalwould like to announce the 11 finalists for the Philippine Section of its inaugural edition. The finalists are:

– Ferdinand Balanag’s “Agbalbalitok”

– Ivy Rose Universe Baldoza’s “Marciano”

– Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez’s “Ang Gitaristang Hindi Marunong Magskala”

– Rafael Froilan’s “Mananayaw”

– Charliebebs Gohetia’s “Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat ang Bisayang Chopsuey” (How to Make a Visayan Chopsuey)

– Richard Legaspi’s “Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta”

– Nef Luczon’s “Migkahi e si Amey te, Uli ki pad” (Father said, ‘Let’s Return Home’)

– Carla Samantha Ocampo’s “Walang Rape sa Bontok”

– Nawruz Paguidopon’s “Trip to Haifa”

– Jan Tristan Pandy’s “Gusto na Umuwi ni Joy”

– Keith Sicat’s “Chronicles of the Komikero”

 

“We are very happy with the initial turnout and the eventual finalists. The stories are really fresh and compelling. I’m looking forward to how they will execute their creative vision and treatment for their respective documentaries” says Festival Director Joseph Israel Laban.

CineTotoo will be awarding grants worth P150,000 each to the 11 Filipino documentarists to produce their respective documentaries. These films will be screened in competition in local theaters this August. CineTotoo is a special project of GMA News TV Channel 11.

 

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