30 short films finalists in Negros Island festival

Thirty short film finalists will be screened during the 2023 Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival at the Cinematheque Centre Negros located at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City on November 21 to 24.

There are 15 films in the open category, while 15 student filmmakers are also slated to showcase their films in the intercollegiate category.

The films are from Bacolod and Dumaguete , and the rest of Negros Occidental and Oriental, where some are top winners of their respective local film festivals. They are set to offer diverse stories across all genres in the open category.

These films are “1942” directed by Kent Raven Ardeña, “Adela” by Fredu Bayon-on, “Ang Duwa ka Tinuga sa Taytay” by Junmarl B. Alconga, “Ang Handurawan ni Janjan” by Julius De la Peña, “Añoranza” by Zack Verzosa, “Dalit sa Sala” by Chelsea Tasic, “Finding Yesterday” by Pawlo Lasmarias, “Gahaman” by Jinky Nuñez Alpetche;

“Grasya” by Chris Jan Vergara, “Kuno Kuno” by Raven Cheyenne Salanap, “Luna” by Gkie Ere, “Manong” by Ronel Cordero, “One Day, Isa Ka Adlaw” by Vanneza Clear Estañol, “Pandayunon” by Jo-ane Pitogo, and “Today can’t be Thursday because Thursday was Yesterday” by Dale Gugudan.

Senior high and college students from public and private schools in Negros are also set to vie for the best short feature in the intercollegiate category with Sagay National High School having the most number of selected entries, with four films.

The films competing in the intercollegiate category are “Ahh, Sibuyas!” by Briana Nicole Fernandez, “Before It All Ends” by Maveric Nelson B. Azarraga, and “Dapyos” directed by Jael Tipon all from Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod; “Alas Dose y Medya” by Kately Joyce Sayson, and “Passed Pawn” by Sean Lewis from University of St. La Salle – Bacolod;

“Anod” by Seth Andrei V. Gedalanga and “Tagudili-an” by Doreen Gabrielle Elbanbuena from University of Negros Occidental Recoletos; “Bulubaliskad” by Crispel Jhun Ducay, “Gina Punggan Sang Nagligad” by Krystel Joy D. Delmo, “Panan-aw” by Ry Cortez, and “Si Emman, Siman” by Kenneth Luceñara all from Sagay National High School; and

“Hinimulatan” by Jude Diacono from Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, “Laragway” by Lianne Dawn Apurada from Negros Occidental High School, “Lugar Lang” by Karl Victor L. Paloma from Hinigaran National High School, and “Pan Ug Dugo” by Keith Nemenzo from Foundation University.

The best short feature film for both categories will be awarded during the Sine Negrense Awards Night on Nov. 25.*

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