Sine Abierto Film Festival – Full lineup 2019


We present the list of movies presented for the 2019 Sine Abierto Film Festival which will take place from April 23rd – 25th at the University of Santo Tomas – Tan Yan Kee Student Center, AVR.

Sine Abierto Film Festival is an event dedicated to senior high school and college students. The festival is organized by the Thomasian Film Society of University of Santo Tomas.

Film Screenings:
April 23 and 25 (1-5pm), April 24 (8am-12nn) at the University of Santo Tomas – Tan Yan Kee Student Center, AVR – Form for Non-Thomasian Festival Viewers:

Awards Night:
April 27 (6-8:30PM) at the University of Santo Tomas – Benavides Auditorium



-Experimental Section-

Tingles by Al-Zir Georges Malaga | Iskoliarium | Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Tingles is a relaxing nightmare about manipulation, exploitation, and freedom.


Voyeur by Loren Shi | Pin Drop Productions | De La Salle University – Manila
VOYEUR is a film brimming with meanings — bright and vivid, visually and musically orbiting around the soul and mind of a trapped person.



-Documentary Section-

Parangalan by Janille Ann Go | Sinag Productions | Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Manila
PARANGALAN is a tri-fold documentary about athletes with disabilities who fight for our country’s name and glory.


Househusband by Eluigi Macalintal and James Garcia | Escape Films & Hirayamanawari Films | De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“Oliver Siao is a 50-year-old househusband who chose to break the norms and stereotyping between men and women in the Philippines. He gave up the concept of being the breadwinner in his family and let his wife work abroad.”


Takip Sining by Juan Fontanilla | Majica Productions | Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Manila
TAKIP SINING shows us how the artistically-inclined Persons Deprived of Liberty or PDL used their exceptional talent in painting to face the harsh criticisms and difficult challenges on their eveyday life behind bars.



-Super Shorts Section-

Ang Pagiging Babae by Nicole Rey | Fredry10 Productions | De La Salle University – Manila
The film follows Karen, an indigenous people’s and women’s rights advocate, as she tries to navigate her role as a daughter, and her place as a woman in a tumultuous society.


The Retreat by Riah Tonio | Retreat 2k19 | University of the Philippines Diliman
In THE RETREAT, a lonely, introverted girl is faced with mysterious encounters during her high school retreat trip.


And lalaking may regla sa ilalim ng dagat by James Allen Fajardo
The film is about a fishing community facing an impending demolition as the landowner, who is also the source of improvised dynamite bombs, plans to transform the place into a beach resort. During all of this, Mon, a male, teenage fisherfolk is said to be having his menstruation.


Almusal: Amg tatlong magkakapatid by Jaime Morados | KapengMukha Productions | The Sycamore Manila
The film presents a story of three siblings who fight over the inherited land left by their deceased father. The story starts when Joselito sets a breakfast meeting with his siblings, Amor and Isko, to reveal the big news.


Esmeralda by Alexandra Louise Supnet, Kate Castillo | Obscured Production | De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
ESMERALDA is a 15-minute short film about a little girl’s unconditional love to an old woman.




Babuyan by Aaron Alsol | Piggies | University of the Philippines Diliman
BABUYAN tells the story of a mother and her son as they sell their three pet pigs one by one to make ends meet.


Madugo ang gari by Alex Torres | Team Madugo Ang Gabi | University of the Philippines Diliman
Gabi experiences her first period on Christmas Eve. She is left home alone as she deals with the struggles brought about by menstruation.


Salience by Princess Bacani | 1440 | Mapua University
Jane is a 12-year old girl living with Childhood Schizophrenia. Her sister, Jessie, leaves her in the care of their Tita Hilda to study back in Manila. But during her stay, Tita Hilda is having a hard time dealing with her niece’s illness because of her lack of knowledge of the situation.

Trailer – TBA

Bon Voyage Minnie by Chic Mirano | 3i1E Films | University of Santo Tomas – Manila
Minnie is about to leave soon. The night before she goes, this quirky and joyful young lady decided to throw herself a going away party. Carlo, on the other hand, was just out buying himself some snacks when he saw an invitation to the said party placed on his motorcycle seat.


Kurozetto by Rachel P. Marquez | Seaplane Productions | De La Salle University – Manila
KUROZETTO introduces Anton, who rides a train daily on his way to work. Things take a turn when a certain cosplayer catches his attention. As days pass by, his curiosity towards her just might develop into something more.


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