Mapúans win best film in 1st Indie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition

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Mapúa Institute of Technology’s Digital Cinema students Marvin Nofuente, Nikkei Bernal, and Charles Ongchanco bested 15 short film entries submitted by different colleges and universities nationwide in the first ever first Indie-Siyensya Competition. The trio bagged the Best Film Award with their entry Bonding Tayo, a film explaining the complexity of Chemistry through romantic one-liners.

Explaining the complex science of Chemistry through simple terms and romantic one-liners, student-filmmakers from Mapúa Institute of Technology’s School of Multimedia and Visual Arts bagged the Best Film Award in the first Indie-Siyensya Competition hosted by the Department of Science and Technology.

Digital Cinema students Marvin Nofuente, Nikkei Bernal, and Charles Ongchanco bested 15 entries submitted by different colleges and universities nationwide.

Their film entitled Bonding Tayo is about two chemical engineering students working on an essay. The male character, Nito, tries to explain chemical bonds to his fellow student and love interest, Elisa, through “hugot lines,” which turns out to be his way of expressing his feelings towards her.

According to the trio, the film was inspired by the “hugot lines” prevalent in social media today. They said that they tried to capture a way of explaining Chemistry in simple terms that Millennials and young people could relate to.

“We just wanted a film that will portray science in a way that will be easily understood and enjoyed by high school students,” said Nofuente, the film’s director. The film was a project in their Cinematography class.

“Mapúa has the facilities and the professors that are training us in the field. We are given the chance to explore what we can do and to apply the theories we learned in the classroom,” said Ongchangco, Bonding Tayo’s cinematographer. Bernal, the film’s assistant director, added that Mapúa’s take on Digital Cinema allows them to pursue whatever genre they wish to focus on, be it action, drama, or even science fiction.

Three entries from Mapúa also garnered awards. Sky is Home, a documentary film on aviation, was given the Viewer’s Choice award, while Bathala, a film inspired by Sikat Design Challenge 2015 winners Team Carding, and Pwede Bang Red Uli, a short film on a student developing a prototype to correct color blindness, were recognized as 2nd and 3rd Best Films, respectively.

Digital Cinema, a relatively new program at Mapúa, was established in 2013 and is designed to train students who will join the ranks of the new breed of independent filmmakers in the growing field of digital cinema.