Mapúa wraps up its first online CineMapúa

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Mapúa wraps up its first online CineMapúa

Mapúa University successfully concluded a fully online film festival for this year’s CineMapúa, despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CineMapúa is the university’s annual digital film festival that features student flicks from schools all over the country in appreciation of students’ skills in producing short films and visual storytelling.

According to Mapúa School of Media Studies (SMS), 36 finalists had been shortlisted out of 87 student film entries for this year; 12 each for the Collegiate, All Mapúans, and High School categories.

For its 18th edition, Mapúa organized a fully online film festival where the films were made available for free streaming for the first time via Youtube and CineMapúa’s Facebook page.

In its awards night held last July 26 via Zoom, Kurok of BFA Digital Cinema was hailed as the CineMapúa 2020 overall winner after bagging the Cardinal Excellence Film Award and Cardinal Gold Film Award for All Mapúans category.

Moreover, Amanung Sisuan and Malapit Na Nay of Far Eastern University (FEU) received the Cardinal Gold Film Award for the Collegiate and High School categories, respectively.

Mapúa SMS Dean Benigno Agapito Jr. shared that 2020 had been a challenging year after CineMapúa was postponed twice, first during the Taal Volcano eruption in January, and lastly during the start of the pandemic in February.

“There had been significant adjustments in this year’s CineMapúa. It allowed us to be creative in utilizing the online platform to feature and share the beautiful entries of the festival to a wider audience. We broke barriers this year for CineMapúa,” said Agapito.

The Mapúa SMS Dean also thanked the support of the students and film enthusiasts, and the 7,000 viewers they accommodated in the three-day live streaming.

CineMapúa 2020 jurors were composed of independent filmmaker, screenwriter, and playwright Joseph Israel Laban; filmmaker, animator, and writer Carl Joseph Papa; and Viva Films director, screenwriter, and film instructor Raynier F. Brizuela.

Winning films will be showcased on CineMapúa Film Festival’s Youtube channel starting July 31 at 7:30 p.m. until August 2.