CineMapúa recognizes the country's best student short films of 2021, debuts World Short Film Section
The 19th CineMapúa Film Festival’s Virtual Awarding Ceremony saw an overflow of unbridled talent and creativity as it showcased 25 of the best local and international student short films.
The annual student short film festival organized by Mapúa University's School of Media Studies drew the interest of budding filmmakers despite the ongoing pandemic. This year, the festival received over 100 entries from which 25 finalists were chosen.
Film still from “Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe” by Vahn Leinard Pascual of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Cardinal Gold Film winner in the collegiate category.
CineMapúa declared “Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe” by Vahn Leinard Pascual from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde the winner of the Cardinal Gold Film Award in the collegiate category.
Film still from “Ilaw” by Aldwin Jerico Atutubo of FEU, Cardinal Gold Film winner in the high school category.
Meanwhile, “Ilaw” by Aldwin Jerico Atutubo from FEU High School, Morayta earned the Cardinal Gold Film Award in the high school category.
Other collegiate winners include “Miss Informed” by Earvic Noay from UP Open University and “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi” by Shiri Francesca de Leon from MINT College, which took the Cardinal Silver Film Award and the Cardinal Bronze Film Award, respectively. A Special Jury Award was also given to “Silang Mga Naligaw Sa Limot” also by Vahn Leinard Pascual from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
Aside from “Ilaw,” high school winners had brilliant pieces such as “Dapithapon” by Ethan John Dela Cruz and Marie James Palisoc from Siena College of Taytay, Rizal, which took a Cardinal Silver Film Award, and “Sa Labas,” a piece by Jadrien Marc Morales from MINT College that received the Cardinal Bronze Award.
CineMapúa also recognized the artistry, hard work, and determination of the people behind each short film. For the collegiate category, Earvic Noay from UP Open University was awarded Cardinal Best Director for “Miss Informed.” Jerome Ignacio from UP Diliman won Cardinal Best Cinematographer for “Lysistrata,” while Corlisse Nicolas from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was named Cardinal Best Film Editor for “Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe.”
Jodie Dantes and Earvic Noay from UP Open University won Cardinal Best Screenwriter for “Miss Informed.” The Cardinal Best Sound and Music Scorer Award went to Shiri de Leon, Darlene Ballano, and Bryant Gali of MINT College for their work in “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi.” The Cardinal Best Production Designer Award was given to two finalists: Catherine Chu of UP Open University for “Miss Informed” and Melissa Cuarderno and Ralph Mojica from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde for “Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe.”
Ruby Ruiz won Cardinal Best Performance of an Actress for “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi,” and Vahn Leinard Pascual took the Cardinal Best Performance of an Actor for “Sina Alexa, Xander at ang Universe.”
In the high school category, Ethan Dela Cruz and MJ Palisoc from Siena College of Taytay for “Dapithapon” and Jadrien Morales from MINT College for “Sa Labas” shared the Cardinal Best Director award. Stephen Dominic Bonifacio from FEU High School, Morayta won Cardinal Best Cinematographer for “Ilaw.” Siena College of Taytay’s Ethan Dela Cruz won Cardinal Best Film Editor for his work in “Dapithapon,” and MSU-Malabang Community High School’s Norjannah Haron was awarded the Cardinal Best Screenwriter for “Ahmad & Abdul.”
Jan Angelo Segador and Donelle Serrano from FEU High School, Morayta won Cardinal Best Sound and Music Scorer for “Ilaw,” while the Cardinal Best Production Designer Award was given to both Althea Luna Vian Waoi from FEU High School, Morayta for “Ilaw” and Amelia Elizabeth Perez from MINT College for “Sa Labas.”
Teri Lacayanga of “Ilaw” took the Cardinal Best Performance of an Actress Award, and Abdul Jabbar Boloto of “Ahmad & Abdul” was hailed Cardinal Best Performance of an Actor.
Filmmaker Seymour Sanchez, actress Elora Españo, and film and music video director James Robin Mayo were the?jurors of the CineMapúa 2021.
CineMapúa, the longest running student short film festival in the country, also extended special awards that focused on audience impact, animation, and gender sensitivity. “By Catch” from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa won the Animated Narrative Picture Award. The Most Viewed Films were “The Congressus” from Mapúa University, Makati for the college category and “Dapithapon” from Siena College of Taytay for the high school category.
The Most Gender-Sensitive Film Award went to “Orpheus” from General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trades for the high school category and “Lysistrata” from UP Diliman.
Foreign students have also joined this year’s festival as CineMapúa opened the World Short Film section that featured four international films from four different countries: “My Black Heart” by Garush Ghazaryan of the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, Armenia, “Grandma’s Tale of the Magical Outenga” by Rishab Thakur of Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, India, “Split” by Kang Zheng Shueen of The One Academy, Selangor, Malaysia, and “Tears of Gold” by Richie Chooi of the Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, president and CEO of Mapúa University, said “Filipino students, including those in high school, simply love to tell stories through films. With CineMapúa, we provide a means for them to express their creativity.”
This was seconded by Prof. Benigno B. Agapito Jr., dean of Mapúa’s School of Media Studies and chairman of CineMapúa, saying “this 19th year of CineMapúa empowers students to continue creating quality stories. CineMapúa reminds them that stories know no boundaries and no limitations, no matter the situation.”
“The students’ film entries this year are visual designs that show the best story forms and styles to best illustrate the possible alternative focus of film production. These films reflect the young imagination and creativity of the students toward social realities,” Agapito added.
CineMapúa was first organized in 2002 to give Mapúa students an avenue to hone their creativity and skills in filmmaking and visual storytelling. Since then, the student short film festival has expanded to include entries from around the Philippines and foreign countries.