Film Students Clinch Multiple Awards At Sinulog 2010

The
International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is proud to
congratulate its students and graduates on winning a total of nine out
of twenty-two awards at the recent Sinulog Short Film and Documentary
Competition. These winning entries include ‘Faces of Sinulog’, ‘Taxi

Driver’ and ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ by Steve Eraña and
Mickey Macachor, Mikio Makino Jr. and Janice Villarosa respectively. The
competition was held in conjunction with the Sinulog@30 2010 Festival
in Cebu City, and the award ceremony took place at the SM Cinema 1 on
30th January, 2010.

IAFT students and graduates sweep awards across
short film, documentary and acting categories

The
International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is proud to
congratulate its students and graduates on winning a total of nine out
of twenty-two awards at the recent Sinulog Short Film and Documentary
Competition. These winning entries include ‘Faces of Sinulog’, ‘Taxi
Driver’ and ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ by Steve Eraña and
Mickey Macachor, Mikio Makino Jr. and Janice Villarosa respectively. The
competition was held in conjunction with the Sinulog@30 2010 Festival
in Cebu City, and the award ceremony took place at the SM Cinema 1 on
30th January, 2010.

Bagging
the most number of awards by a single submission was Steve Eraña and
Mickey Macachor’s video documentary entitled ‘Faces of Sinulog’,
a seven minutes long historic view of Sinulog from two different
perspectives, narrated by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Fr. Carmel
Diola from the Archdiocese of Cebu. The top spot for most awards is also
shared with the short film ‘Kurtina nga Pula’.

In the Video Documentary category, all eight entries were nominated
for the Best Video Documentary award, in which ‘Faces of Sinulog’
emerged tops. The documentary was further awarded best story, best in
production design, best narration, best in sound engineering and musical
scoring, while Eraña and Macachor were both presented with best
director, amounting to six out of ten awards in the Documentary
category.

“Our training in filmmaking taught us to avoid common pitfalls, as
well as cut down the time needed for unnecessary editing through our
shooting techniques, said Eraña.

Macachor, a recent graduate with a ‘Technical Achievement
Award’ from IAFT under his belt added: “Formal training grounded us in
the foundation for filmmaking, and that enabled us to explore and
develop our own individual style.”

Commenting on their award for sound engineering, Macahor
elaborated: “We have been taught on the critical importance of dialogue.
With that constantly at the back of our minds, we made certain that our
dialogue was crisp and intelligible, right from source through to
output.”

Post-production took place on-campus, which not only
provided the duo with the necessary state-of-art facilities, but also
creative inputs and criticisms of mentors and peers that contributed to
their success.

The annual competition saw a total of eleven entries in
the Short Film category, out of which eight were nominated for the Best
Short Film award. ‘Taxi Driver’ achieved the runner-up position
for Best Film, and was also awarded Best Actor. Producer Mikio Makino
Jr. is a recent graduate of IAFT, and was also a recipient of the
‘Technical Achievement Award’ upon graduation.

In the acting categories, Chuck Luat bested two other
nominees for Best Actor in ‘Taxi Driver’, while Janice
Villarosa’s stellar performance as the distraught mother of a boy with
leukemia in ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ earned her Best Actress award,
beating three other nominees.

“I feel that one of the most important aspects of acting
is learning how to approach a character or a script in various possible
ways,” said Luat, who made his short film debut as a taxi driver who
makes a turnaround after heading astray. “At IAFT, we are exposed to a
multi-cultural environment with varying points of view and reactions to
any given event. Coupled with good guidance from our mentors, my
confidence has grown alongside my acting skills.”

“The theme of our film is something that’s very close to
my heart, and I began to embody my character immediately after we
developed her,” said Villarosa, who also directed the short film she
played in. “Apart from being armed with the know-how, the discipline and
focus that has been instilled in film school really paid off, as we
juggled our time between shoots, post-production and our school
workload,” the American-Filipino student added.

“We are grateful for the knowledge, support and nurturing
that the mentors have showered us with,” Villarosa added. “We are
honored for this recognition, and I now hope for the opportunity to
showcase this short film to a wider audience beyond the shores of Cebu
and the Philippines.”

The team behind ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ has plans to
continue editing the short film for participation in other film
festivals.

“We are delighted with our students and graduates’
achievements at the competition” said Keith Sensing, Executive Director
of IAFT. “This will indeed be a milestone for them, and we wish them the
best as they continue on to compete at other international festivals.”

Last year’s competition saw two students Peter Ian Mancao
and Angelo Agojo toppling the competition with their short film
entitled ‘The Portrait’. Besides coming out tops for Best Short
Film, it also drew the awards for best screenplay, cinematography,
director, editing, actor and child performer, totaling seven out of the
thirteen awards in the Short Film category. Mancao and Agojo have since
graduated from IAFT, and have moved on to the production of local and
international commercials.

Villarosa is currently undergoing her Diploma Program in
Filmmaking at IAFT, while Eraña, Macachor and Makino recently graduated
in the same. Luat is currently an undergraduate at the school’s diploma
program for acting.

About The Sinulog Festival

The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most
colorful festivals in the Philippines with a very rich history. The main
festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City
to honor the Santo Niño, or the child Jesus, who used to be the patron
saint of the whole province of Cebu (since in the Catholic faith Jesus
is not a saint, but God). It is essentially a dance ritual which
remembers the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of
Christianity.

The festival features some the country’s most colorful
displays of pomp and pageantry: participants garbed in
bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and
native gongs. The streets are usually lined with vendors and pedestrians
all wanting to witness the street-dancing. Smaller versions of the
festival are also held in various parts of the province, also to
celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a Sinulog sa Kabataan,
which is performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the Grand
Parade.

About The International Academy of Film and Television
(IAFT)

Founded in 2003, the International Academy of Film and
Television (IAFT) is a film school providing a new generation of
aspiring filmmakers with a globally competitive education under the
mentorship of leading industry professionals. The school offers each
student hands-on experience using comprehensive equipment and facilities
at a fraction of the cost of comparable institutions. IAFT offers
short-term and long-term programs in Filmmaking, Sound Design and Acting
that combine theory and application, and are designed for both new
filmmakers as well as industry professionals looking to advance their
skill set. The school also offers internships and opportunities to work
on commercially-viable projects. Located in the heart of Asia on
Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, IAFT’s tropical campus has facilities
for filming and post-production as well as housing. IAFT’s mission is
to nurture the creativity and individual talents of every student while
cultivating today’s global filmmakers, and to build upon the
entertainment traditions of Hollywood and other film capitals of the
world.

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