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Cinemalaya Full-length Feature Category Finalists Bared

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The ten finalists in the full length feature category of the 2007 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition have been selected. The finalists are: 2,999 by James Arnold B. Ladioray, Endo by Jade Castro, Gima (The Goat) by Adolfo B. Alix Jr., Gulong by Romualdo “Bona” Fajardo and Anna Liza “Lyn” Fajardo, Ligaw Liham by Emilio “Jay” Abello VI, Pisay by Auraeus Solito, Sinungaling Na Buwan by Eduardo Lejano Jr., Still Life by Katrina Flores, Tribu by Jim Libiran and Tukso by Dennis Marasigan.

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RP cinema marks 110th year

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CINEMA in the Philippines celebrates its 110th year Monday. If an account in the Spanish-language newspaper, "El Comercio," is to be believed, it was on Jan. 1, 1897 when the first film exhibition was held at No. 12, Interior in Escolta, Manila.

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Unsung heroes in the movie industry

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JoAnn Banaga, who is now a producer (her most recent project was the CEB Graded A film, Ang Pamana (The Inheritance), rose from the ranks – starting as assistant director, then production manager and eventually line producer. She laments the sad fact that the efforts of the assistant director (AD), production manager (PM) and line producer (line prod) are never recognized during the awards season because their work and contributions supposedly "do not have aesthetic values."

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'Maxi' in indie Oscars

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IT was a great wake-up call, recalls Raymond Lee, ufo Pictures producer.

He first learned of the news, that “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 22nd Independent Spirit Awards, via a congratulatory text message from his New York-based friend Carmen Vicencio.

Congratulations to ufo Pictures and everyone involved in 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros'!

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Special jury award for 'Kubrador' in Rome

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JEFFREY Jeturian’s “Kubrador” won a Special Mention/Jury award at the 7th AsiaticaFilmMediale held in Rome, Italy, over the weekend.

Congratulations to the production team of 'Kubrador'!

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"Elephants Dream" film is an open source success story

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Elephants Dream is a new 11-minute animated short film produced by the Orange Blender Project. Described as the first "open movie," Elephants Dream was modeled, animated, rendered, and composited using open source software, and all of the original content and data files have been released under a Creative Commons license.

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How The Movie 'Kubrador' Was Written

This write-up of Kubrador from China's business publication The Standard, gives more insights and details on how jueteng really operates in the country, which includes quotes from the screenwriter Ralston Jover. From the perspective of craft, the article also gives us an idea of how a screenwriter researches his material and transforms it into a creative work. For example,

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Filmmaker fulfills calling with 'Ang Pamana'

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FILIPINO-CANADIAN director Romeo Candido is in high spirits these days. After his film, “Ang Pamana (The Inheritance),” got a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board, he is off to the international premiere of his acclaimed suspense flick at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, before it opens here on November 22.

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'Ilusyon' woos Korean audiences

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Viva Entertainment has inked a distribution deal with Korean-based CJ Entertainment for its romantic drama “Ilusyon” in the three-day 1st Asian Film Market of the 2006 Pusan International Film Festival Market in Korea.

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THE DAMNED: Philippine filmmaking legend Lino Brocka’s infernal 1976 melodrama Insiang

A Film Comment article by José B. Capino. Via a post by our poet friend and former neighbor John Labella (in Princeton right now for Graduate Studies) at the Flips mailing list. Thanks, John!