Loy Arcenas Unveiled As Latest Cinematografo Originals Contest Grant Winner

DALY CITY, CA, April 19, 2017 – After announcing in early April its first two Filipino American winners in H.P. Mendoza’s Bitter Melon and Diane Paragas’s Yellow Rose, CINEMATOGRAFO Originals Contest — the new film competition launched this year by ABS-CBN International that provides seed grants for full-length features, documentary or narrative -– has unveiled its third winner in Loy Arcenas’s Ebb Tide. Arcenas was born in the Philippine island province of Cebu, studied in University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City for pre-med, …

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Cinematografo Originals Contest Announces Grant Winners

DALY CITY, CA, April 5, 2017 – CINEMATOGRAFO Originals Contest, the new film competition launched this year by ABS-CBN International that provides seed grants for full-length features, either documentary or narrative, has announced its winners. The contest proudly unveiled the two filmmakers and their works which topped the search that started in January: “Bitter Melon” by H.P. Mendoza, a dark story about how a Filipino American family spends its Christmas holiday conspiring to kill the black sheep of the family, and “Yellow Rose” by Diane …

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Diane Paragas talks about her Cinematografo Originals entry, “Yellow Rose”

DALY CITY, CA, February 15, 2017 – ABS-CBN’s Cinematografo Originals Contest – a U.S.-based competition which aims to foster and nurture new filmmaking talent from the Filipino diaspora – has become a cinematic soapbox for Filipino American (FilAm) filmmakers with socially conscious and racially aware movie themes. One of the latest entries is “Yellow Rose”, the story of 15-year-old Filipino American Rose Garcia (played by San Francisco Bay Area-born FilAm Thia Megia, “American Idol” Season 10’s youngest finalist) who has aspirations of becoming a country …

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CINEMATOGRAFO Originals: New contest aims to discover, fund Filipino filmmakers in the U.S.

DALY CITY, CA, January 11, 2017 – The year 2016 was a banner year for Filipino filmmakers. Among those who made a big splash in the international scene last year was 2009 Cannes Best Director Awardee Brillante Mendoza whose gritty slice-of-life film, “Ma’ Rosa”, won the 2016 Cannes Best Actress Award for lead actress Jaclyn Jose. Meanwhile, Lav Diaz scored huge triumphs with the coveted Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival for his epic eight-hour obra, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” …

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