Just a few months after ToFarm Film Festival Philippines officially announced it was formally open to accept finished script entries for the film fest this year, more than a hundred exciting and mixed entries came pouring in their headquarters and the gruelling task of the Selection Committee went into work led by award-winning writer and actress Ms. Raquel Villavicencio.
Congratulations to the Lucky 7 ful length feature films of ToFarm Film Festival 2018:
“1957” -- historical drama, written and directed by Hubert Tibi
SYNOPSIS: A group of farmers in Bicol are at the mercy of Don Pepe, a strict landlord. 20 year-old Lucio, son of a former member of the Hukbalahap, pins hopes on the arrival of President Ramon Magsaysay in their area, for genuine land reform to take place. We know what happened in 1957.
“ALIMUOM” -- science fiction, written and directed by Keith Sicat
SYNOPSIS: A futuristic Philippines with specific sections of the country under individual bio-domes. The OFWs are actually Outerspace Filipino Workers and the song Bahay-Kubo is a distant memory that makes a young boy ask: “Ano ang singkamas?”
“ISANG KUWENTO NG GUBAT (THE LEONARD CO STORY)” -- a biopic, written by Rosalie Matilac, directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Rosalie Matilac, and Milo Paz
SYNOPSIS: This is a biopic and homage to the great Filipino botanist slain together with a guide and forest ranger in the forest of Kanangga, Leyte; government troops claimed they were caught in a crossfire between the military and the NPA, but two of the survivors said there was no gunfight and that they were apparently mistaken to be NPAs.
“LOLA IGNA” -- cultural drama, written and directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
SYNOPSIS: Set in Sagada. Lola Igna is 115 years old, will she get to be the Guinness Book of Records’ oldest living person and become a tourist attraction to benefit the farming community close to the cliff of the hanging coffins? What will her possible winning or losing do to the warring factions of her immediate family?
“FASANG” -- period romance, written by Charlson Ong (director to be announced)
SYNOPSIS: Based on the classic Philippine short story “Tanabata’s Wife”, set in the 1920’s, to also feature a Japanese actor. Tanabata-San is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Baguio, where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens. Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand, and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son, but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of Baguio that is now taking shape, and to someone else.
“MGA ANAK NG KAMOTE” -- futuristic drama, written by John Carlo Pacala, directed by Carlo Catu
SYNOPSIS: Set in the Philippines, 2052, when the planting of kamote has been outlawed and those caught planting and selling kamote is put in jail, no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act.
“SOL SEARCHING” -- dark comedy, written and directed by Roman Perez, Jr.
SYNOPSIS: Teacher Sol is dead and cannot be buried because there are no funds. How will the community come forward to put her to rest, this strict and no-nonsense teacher of grade school students and farmers who need to be taught scientific farming methods?
Tofarm Festival Director is Bibeth Orteza, Managing Director is Joey Romero, and Executive Producer is Dr. Milagros O. How of Universal Harvester, Inc.
This year’s Tofarm Film Festival is slated on Sept 12-19 in select cinemas.