A short film made by a team of Josenians won the “Manunuri” award in the recently concluded Guerilla Filmathon, a filmmaking competition for regional filmmakers all over the country.
“Scream”, which is about an elderly deaf-mute woman who is being lusted by a dangerous man, is the winning short film by Mr. Philip Lapinid IV, Mark Roland Romas, and Niño Justin Tecson.
Lapinid is a part-time faculty member of the Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC) of the University of San Jose-Recoletos. Romas and Tecson, on the other hand, are both students of the department. Both are taking up a Communication program.
In the competition, filmmakers were tested to their limits as they faced the pressure of finishing their 3-10 minute work within 48 hours alongside laborious and toe-crunching challenges.
It is a first for the Guerilla Filmathon to hold a nationwide competition under the umbrella of Cinema Rehiyon, an annual exhibition and gathering of regional films and filmmakers sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Lapinid said of his experience as more fun since he was able to interact with other filmmakers from the different parts of the country.
“It’s like building a network,” he added.
When asked about what he hopes for the future, Tecson said that he wishes for Josenian students to be more inspired to participate in film competitions.
The award was conferred to the three during the Cinema Rehiyon 9 Edition held at Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province, Philippines.
Written by Justin Tecson
University of San Jose - Recoletos
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