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Power Mac Center ‘Cinemansanas’ awards outstanding films shot on iPhone

Local film fans have new names to watch out for as premier Apple partner Power Mac Center awarded the bold, brave, and brilliant filmmakers who showcased their digital storytelling prowess at the recently concluded Pixelworx: Cinemansanas campaign.

The Cinemansanas main challenge was to create short films using an iPhone. This year’s competition has two categories: (1) “Do you have a minute?”, open to everyone who can create a 60-second film; and (2) Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza, exclusive to attendees of international award-winning director Brillante Mendoza’s training sessions.

Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez (rightmost) and Marketing Manager AG Constantino (leftmost) flock Cinemansanas Do you have a minute? category winners Don Diaz (Diamond Award for “Balat Sibuyas”), Winston Salvejos (Platinum Award for “Mayo Uno”), and Krista Ortega (Gold Award for “An Artist’s Ode”).

“Cinemansanas is Power Mac Center’s way of showcasing the brilliance of Filipino filmmakers. We want to show that through technology, they can create a new way of presenting ideas and making their voices heard. We hope it will open doors for them to pursue their passion and push the industry further,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

Power Mac Center brand ambassadors Director Brillante Mendoza (leftmost) and Director Yam Laranas (rightmost, partially hidden) with Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza category winners Khalil Joseph Bañares (Gold Award for “Rito (The Rites)”), Carlo Fajarda (Diamond Award for “Kuya”), and Arjanmar Rebeta (Platinum Award for “Live Cam”)

Twelve films made it to the finals of the “Do you have a minute?” competition, and all 21 finalists of the Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza category were screened during the Movie Premiere held at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema.

Brillante Mendoza Citation Award winner Khalil Joseph Bañares – “Rito (The Rites)” with the Cinemansanas 2017 panel of judges: multi-awarded author and scriptwriter Ricky Lee, Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, veteran director Yam Laranas, and Rebelde Film Camp founder J.E. Tiglao, with Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez (rightmost)

Entries were judged based on creativity of presentation and technical quality. Along with Mendoza, veteran director Yam Laranas, multi-awarded author and scriptwriter and Rebelde Film Camp founder J.E. Tiglao helped determine which films deserve the Cinemansanas Gold, Platinum, and Diamond awards.

Lino Balmes (center) bags the Cinemansanas Power Mac Center Citation Award for “981 Million Thousand Dangkal.” With him are Marketing Manager AG Constantino (left) and Masterclass mentor Director Brillante Mendoza (right).

Following is the full list of winners for Cinemansanas 2017:

“Do you have a minute?”

  • Gold Award

“An Artist’s Ode” by Krista Ortega

Prize: Php 10,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

  • Platinum Award

“Mayo Uno” by Winston Salvejos

Prize: Php 20,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

  • Diamond Award

“Balat Sibuyas” by Don Diaz

Prize: iPad Pro 12.9” + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

 

Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza

  • Brillante Mendoza Citation Award

“Rito (The Rites)” by Khalil Joseph Bañares

Rito

In “Rito,” by Khalil Joseph Bañares, a young man struggles with his identity and violence in society. Watch the 3rd Place Winner from the Masterclass of Brillante Mendoza.Watch the other finalists here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND11g4LcAsj4UTF9YKIBvTiLZtQQqUCG#cinemansanas

Posted by Power Mac Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Power Mac Center Citation Award

“981 Million Thousand Dangkal” by Lino Balmes

  • Gold Award

“Rito (The Rites)” by Khalil Joseph Bañares

Rito

In “Rito,” by Khalil Joseph Bañares, a young man struggles with his identity and violence in society. Watch the 3rd Place Winner from the Masterclass of Brillante Mendoza.Watch the other finalists here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND11g4LcAsj4UTF9YKIBvTiLZtQQqUCG#cinemansanas

Posted by Power Mac Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prize: Php 30,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + Wacom Intuos Draw Medium

  • Platinum Award

“Live Cam” by Arjanmar Rebeta

Live Cam

When a mobile phone bears witness to events, it tells incredible stories. Here’s “Live Cam,” by Arjanmar Rebeta, 2nd Place Winner from the Masterclass of Brillante Mendoza Watch the other finalists here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND11g4LcAsj4UTF9YKIBvTiLZtQQqUCG#cinemansanas

Posted by Power Mac Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prize: Php 40,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + BOSE Soundlink Color II

  • Diamond Award

“Kuya” by Carlo Fajarda

Kuya

The 1st Place Winner from the Masterclass of Brillante Mendoza is “Kuya,” by Carlo Fajarda, a tale of haunting regret and tragedy. Watch the other finalists here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND11g4LcAsj4UTF9YKIBvTiLZtQQqUCG#cinemansanas

Posted by Power Mac Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Prize: MacBook Pro 13” Retina + 4TB SEAGATE Back Up Plus

Apart from the awarding ceremony, the Cinemansanas Movie Premiere also screened the winning film of Rebelde Film Camp Year 4, “Paparating Na Ang Bagyo” by Ephraim Kawit. Part of Kawit’s prizes is a scholarship to Mendoza’s Masterclass.

Power Mac Center brand ambassador Director Brillante Mendoza talks about his Cinemansanas Masterclass mentoring experience and congratulates all finalists of this year’s short film competition during the special movie premiere at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema.

Completing the event was the much-awaited premiere of the Power Mac Center short film directed by Brillante Mendoza titled “Bitbit,” in celebration of the premier Apple reseller’s 23 glorious years in business.

Cinemansanas is part of the Pixelworx campaign, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops by industry experts, trainings on creative apps, and an ultimate art challenge.

Finalists of the Cinemansanas short film competition, together with the judges and Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez, are all smiles at the awarding ceremony held on Sept. 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema.


Cinemansanas 2017 was co-presented by Lacie, The Coop Idea, Philips, Bose, Panzer Glass, Zerotech, and Wacom. To view all the films, visit Power Mac Center on Facebook and Youtube.

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