Sinag Maynila 2018 Indie Film Festival in Full Swing

Now on its 4th straight year, Sinag Maynila kicked off by way of an opening gala recently presenting five full length films, short films and documentary categories. 

Spearheaded by co-founder Wilson Tieng with Festival Director and co-founder, Director Brillante Mendoza, their team hopes that more indie supporters will come and support all three categories during festival duration of March 8-15 only at selected SM Cinemas: SM Bacoor, SM Fairview, SM Megamall, SM MOA, SM North Edsa, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Southmall and SM Manila.  

Do support #Bomba The Movie directed by Ralston Jover and produced by Dennis Evangelista. Lead stars include Allen Dizon Joel Saracho, Sue Jose and Angelline Nicholle Sanoy among others. 

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Liza Dino-Seguerra was one of the principal guests. 

Director Jay Altarejos and actress Mara Lopez got reunited after working together for the movie TPO back in 2016 also for Sinag Maynila. 

Come and catch the latest film of Filipino-Aussie director Matthew Victor Pastor for his trilogy Melodrama/Random/Melbourne.

A feminist documentarian, a pickup artist, and a virgin’s lives collide. Aries Santos is a Fil-Aus feminist documentarian who is struggling to complete her new film. Her subjects are the male members of ‘©TRU MALE DYNAMICS’, a company formed to teach men how to seduce women. Meanwhile, a sex worker named Melody slays into the night. The line between reality and fiction blurs, and blood is shed on the neon-lit streets of Melbourne.

The Sinag co-founders then called on UniFrance‘s Jeremy Segay to join them. The French Asian film specialist arrived the previous night to conduct a lecture on International Film Distribution Strategies as part of FDCP Talks on March 10. During the onstage chatter, Segay praised the festival’s expansion efforts, saying “…the festival is a celebration of Filipino cinema, but you made a very nice gesture to open up to international cinema and it’s very rare to show contemporary French films in this country, the Philippines.” That was, of course, in reference to Paris Prestige, a 2016 film by rappers Hamé and Ekoué, which was screened immediately after. As per Sinag tradition, the gala concluded with a gong-striking ceremony performed by none other than Tieng and Mendoza themselves (as Segay looked on in amusement). No doubt about it, Sinag Maynila 2018 is now in full swing.


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