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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Press Release: MMFF New Wave Presents the 2014 Finalists

In continuation of the series of events celebrating the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Section for independent, student filmmakers, and animators, the MMFF held a Press Conference today at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City. Atty. Francis Tolentino, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman and MMFF Overall Chairman proudly presented this year’s finalists, particularly praising the slate of this year’s full feature producers and directors.

Ato Bautista, known for his films Palitan and an episode of Cinco, directed the entry Gemini, about a woman who is being tormented by her demons because of sins she and her twin committed years ago.

Ato Bautista_Gemini2

Zig Dulay’s M. (Mother’s Maiden Name) is a familiar-but-unusual story about the getting-to-know relationship of a mother and son. This is Dulay’s second full feature film.

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Jason Paul Laxamana’s Magkakabaung was inspired by the Philippines’ casket capital, Santo Tomas Pampanga. Lacsamana previously directed Babagwa (The Spider’s Lair) this year.

Jason Paul Laxamana_Magkakabaung

Maratabat is Arlyn dela Cruz’s entry which was inspired by her journey as a journalist. It depicts warring clans and the quest for justice.

Arlyn dela Cruz_Maratabat

And lastly, Diane Ventura’s Mulat shares the story of Sam, a girl who dreams of finding her true love as she struggles to live a normal life despite her schizophrenic tendencies.

Diane Ventura_Mulat

The 2014 were formally presented last November 25 during the MMFF New Wave 5th Anniversary Dinner hosted by the Passion Restaurant, Resorts World.

“I am in awe and so proud that in just five years, the New Wave Section has not only made a name for itself in its own right in the independent film scene, but more importantly, it has become an actively sought-out avenue for filmmakers to showcase their works. It has expanded to accommodate our young students and animators who are eager to share their stories and find their own voice through the art of films. Even Cinephone, a cellphone movie making contest for high school and college students nationwide, has given creative beginners a chance to shoot their films with a camera phone,” Tolentino during his opening remarks.

“It takes passion, courage and a whole lot of guts to pursue independent filmmaking. It is risky, full of challenges, and sometimes disappointment. But as great as those challenges are, the rewards and recognition are far greater. The New Wave Section has been more than fortunate to share its cause with all of you, and for that, we are thankful,” Tolentino added.

Here is the complete list of MMFF’s New Wave finalists in accordance

to category:

Full Feature

• Gemini – Black Swan Pictures, Directed by Ato Bautista

• M. (Mother’s Maiden Name) – Eight Films, Directed by Zig Dulay

• Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker) – Ato Entertainment Productions,

Directed by Jason Paul Lacsamana

• Maratabat (Pride and Honor) – Blank Pages Production, Directed by

Arlyn Dela Cruz

• Mulat – DVeut Productions, Directed by Ma. Diane Ventura

Student Short Films

• Kalaw - Asia Pacific Film Institute

• Kubli - Far Eastern University

• Siyanawa - Southern Luzon State University (Main Campus)

• Bimyana – De La Salle – College of St. Benilde

• Ang Soltera – De La Salle Lipa

• Bundok Chubibo – University of the Philippines


• An Maogmang Lugar - Ateneo de Naga University

• Cherry - Yawp! Studio

• Gymsnatch - School of Design and Arts, College of St. Benilde

• Isip Bata - Alibata Productions

• Shifter - Jerico Valentino C. Fuentes

This year’s entries will be shown at the Glorietta 4 and SM Megamall cinemas from December 17 to 24, 2014.

Photo credits:

Visual concept by Patricia Coronado for

Photography by Jhong Dizon

Graphic design and layout by Michael Maguigad for