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Philippine Independent Film Festival 2015 (Year 11) 


by Perci Intalan
When Rachel and her parents took her aunt Mara to their hometown, they thought the trip would help Mara deal with the early onset of Dementia.  But as Mara begins to recall places and faces, something else has returned. Is it just her illness or is there really something haunting her?

CAST: Nora Aunor, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Yul Servo, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza, Althea Vega PRODUCTION: Octobertrain Films, The IdeaFirst Company CREW: Directed by Perci Intalan; Screenplay, Renei Dimla; Story, Jun Lana; Producers, Jun Lana, Ferdinand Lapuz; Original Music, Von de Guzman; Cinematography, Machie Galvez; Editing, Lawrence Ang; Visual Effects, Vladimer Castañeto, Elohim Cervantes Tampus, Iddendelos Reyes, Keith Deligro, Rico Mambo; Digital Effects, Enrie Esteves; Roto artist, Ronnie Gamboa Jr.
(The House in the Bamboo Grove)
by Alvin Yapan
Michelle lives in her own special world. Everyone is trying to convince her to abandon the house by the bamboo grove: her boyfriend trying to look for work in the city or abroad, a nosy neighbor trying to make ends meet by working as a teacher, and even a filmmaker trying to do a documentary on Michelle’s skill as a calado embroiderer, which she clings onto as strongly as she stays in the house. The film tells the intimate story of how Michelle’s house, along with the things around her: a river stone, a June beetle, and a can of sardines, would help her preserve the ecology of joy and peace she nurtures by the bamboo grove. In Michelle’s world everything is interconnected, and even the smallest of things has a story to tell.  Michelle’s story is an unconventional love story with her house by the bamboo grove. The film is a meditation on the virtue of staying at a time of migration, of permanence in a land of cultural erosion.

CAST: Mercedes Cabral, RK Bagatsing, Marc Felix CREW: Written & Directed by Alvin Yapan; Producers, Alemberg Ang, Alvin Yapan, Ronald Rebutica; Line Producer, Andrea Fe Quizon; Director of Photography, Ronald Rebutica; Production Designer, Paolo Rey Mendoza Piaña; Editor, Benjamin Tolentino; Sound, Corinne de San Jose; Music, Jema Pamintuan; Visual Effects, Alekz Zapanta, Julius Briones, Albert Brisenio; Colorist, Marilen Magsaysay; Production Manager, Oscar Nuñez; Post-production, Quantum Post
by Lawrence Fajardo
Imbisibol is a gripping tale of undocumented Filipinos living in Japan. It depicts the struggles of Pinoy workers as they try to make a living while evading the authorities.

CAST: Ces Quesada, Allen Dizon, JM De Guzman, Bernardo Bernardo, Charlie Davao
PRODUCTION: Solar Entertainment CREW: Director, Lawrence Fajardo; Screenplay, Herlyn Gail Alegre, John Bedia, Lawrence Fajardo; Producers, Wilson Tieng, Brillante Mendoza; Cinematography, Boy Yñiguez

MAGKAKABAUNG (The Coffin Maker)
by Jason Paul Laxamana
A hard-working father tries his best to raise a young daughter alone in a rural area, but he is ill-prepared for what fate throws their way.

CAST: Allen Dizon, Gladys Reyes, Chanel Latorre, Emilio Garcia CREW: Written and Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana;  Producer, Ferdinand Lapuz; Cinematography,  Rain Yamson; Production Design,  Cyrus Khan; Editing,  Jason Paul Laxamana; Music,  Diwa de Leon
by Dodo Dayao
Manila is besieged by the worst typhoon to hit the country. Talk of the world coming to an end hangs in the air. And five men find themselves stranded inside a police station with a prisoner who may or may not be the devil. It’s going to be a long night.

CAST: Victor Neri, Anthony Falcon, Timothy Mabalot, Andy Bais, RK Bagatsing, and Joel Lamangan CREW: Written and Directed by Dodo Dayao; Producer, Tonee Acejo and Lawrence S. Ang; Director of Photography, Albert Banzon and Gym Lumbera; Editor, Lawrence Ang; Assistant Director, Timmy Harn; Production Designer, Richard Somes and Erwin Sanchez; Sound Designer, Corrine De San Jose; Music, Marcushiro Nada and Ace Cada

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