We present the finalists for the Ika-31 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video (from The Philippines).
The Gawad Alternatibo is one of Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival’s main components, and has produced outstanding filmmakers and media practitioners. Established in 1987, the annual longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the Asean Region, recognizes the best Filipino films in four categories, Short Feature, Documentary, Animation and Experimental.
Note: We arranged the information from the short films in the following order. First a still photo, then Title & Director/s, followed by a synopsis and then a Trailer.
2015 by Eluna R. Cepeda
A lesbian couple is making the most of their last day together inside their home, before one of them leaves for good.
Ang babayi sa bahura by Kyle Fermindoza
Celso, a struggling fisherman and an equally struggling marine haven are both torn by a thin line of reality and fantasy – a mystery deeper than the deepest ocean. Celso finds himself in a predicament and goes through a sequence of events that lead to uncovering the truth.
Ang nagliliyab na kasaysayan ng pamilya dela Cruz
By Miguel Louie De Guzman
Angel by Al-jhun Romel V. Virgo
Following a day in a life of Angel, a lady trying to forget her miserable past but when she was about to reach her first step goal to live her hopeful future, mystery from the past keeps tapping her shoulder to make her look back at her miserable past.
Asaddi (Flipped) by Alexander Ramiso
A Story of Triumphant Journey in a Game that seeks to break a Dividing Line between Two Culture.
Bahay-bahayan by Brian Spencer Reyes
A young girl who dreams of becoming a mother suddenly becomes one when a baby is left at her doorstep
Byline by Caleb Mercado
Hanggang saan ang kaya mong gawin para sa iyong trabaho? Sa magulo at masalimuot na kampanya kontra iligal na droga, isang mamamahayag ang buong tapang na siniyasat ang isang opisyal ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa iligal na droga.
Dear Ma by Kay Catalan
Defiance by Brylle John Policarpio
Delta by Eluigi Macalintal & James Garcia
Synopsis: To celebrate his birthday, Marco brings his younger brother, Lucas, to the river for a weekend without their parents. As the brothers bond, Marco shares with Lucas his plan to explore the end of the river with Lucas. Out of curiosity, Lucas heads out on his own. As Marco and Lucas try to find each other, they must come to terms with the choices they’ve made in order to come home.
Hasta na Lang sa dason by Arden Rod Condez
A mother retires as a maid due to an illness. Continuing the legacy of their kin, the mother’s daughter arrives from the province to assume her post.
Hila(u)was by Dennis Joseph O. Hubag
A mother awakens from a slumber and is slain and devoured by her own son whom she gives birth to. After a realization of what he has done, the son surrenders to himself and admits his awful deed and awaits the coming of the truth.
Ikahuli by Sheenly Gener
Katungdanan by Richard Jeroui Salvadico & Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay
Kuwerdas by Chloe Anne Veloso
Limbo by Luke Miraflor
Lutab by Ma. Jerowe Papin
Malampasan mo sana ang sakit by Arnie Valdez
An unconditional love of a man for his man who passed away that led him to suicidal thoughts.
Mga alaala sa kwento by Maribel M. Paquiz
Mga naalimunaw nga sipad sang damgo by Cyrus Kim Balasabas
Toto and his grandmother converse metaphoric dialogues that resemble dispute in their land. Strongly adhering to his dreams, Toto aspires to take care of their property but end up facing a more challenging event in his life.
Once Lang magkafirst love by Jessa Mae Sargento
A high school student experiences first love while a huge pimple grows on her nose.
Paalam sa mga ninuno by Kyle D. Chu
Pagitan by John Gabriel Torres
Runner by Levi Jun B. Miscala
Boy, a fast runner, wants to continue his secondary education by becoming an athlete but his inauspicious boss obstructed his aspiration because he is the best drug runner.
Sambahin ang ngalan mo by Brian Caacbay
A young girl asked a series of question before going to church.
See you anak by Richardson “Chad Kinis” De La Cruz
Siguro, baka, pwede by Yvette Mijares
Gel who is still in the process of moving on from her almost relationship invites her friend on a vacation trip. One night, her friends ask their mind out everything about her.
The Retreat by Riah Tonio
A lonely, introverted girl faces mysterious encounters during her high school’s religious retreat trip.
Tinagsip by Hannah May Ybalez
Viral Kids by Arjanmar Rebeta
Budots: The Crazy by Mark Limbaga and Jay Rosas
Halawod (Into the Sea) by Anna Katrina Tejero
Amidst modernization and development, the indigenous people of the Tumandok tribe of Panay the region are struggling to preserve their culture and their rights to ancestral land. Belonging to the Tumandok tribe, couples Romeo and Berna Castor are being sued by the National Irrigation Administration for refusing to give their consent to the proposed Jalaur Mega dam in the town of Calinog, Iloilo. This documentary film explores the sentiments of the Tumandok people facing dispossession of land and the waning of cultural tradition that is brought about by pretext of development.
Hayop by Maki Liwanag
Kung ang ilog ay tahimik, asahan mo at malalim by Carlo Lopez
Roc 6 by Joycelyn May Estacion
Sa pagitan ng kapanig at dayuhan by John Peter Chua
7:17 by Jennifer Aspiras
AREA-C by Jan McIloyd Sumagpang
Kumot by Lyza Dy-Cok
Luminous by Carl Venson A. Zarraga
Malengag by Chad E. Delos Santos
Nilo by Rodnie Bolivar
Pot by Carl Papa
Sober by Chrstian Daniel Fabia
Sould Out Sold Out by Renz James Alcazaren
Work in Progress by Philex Angelo Merano
Yapak sa araw by James Raphel P. De Ocampo
This is a story about an intelligent but unorthodox young boy, Graeham Garcia; He was outside of a TV shop at a sidewalk of Recto Avenue where a lot of stores reside, there He saw the news about the Apollo 11, and the first person who landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong. He was so fascinated by the fact that a person can go outer space. So Graeham thought to himself, if Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon, He will be the first person to venture towards the Sun. Since then, this has been the ambition of Graeham. Unfavorably, He is poverty-stricken and ill-treated by his peers. But with the fortification of his parents and the resources offered by Recto, not a thing ceases him from accomplishing his goal.
Alegoria para las Filipinas by Rogger Basco
A mother’s love by Lyka Angelica V. Trinidad
Ako by Jonel Carl Revistual
Alt by John Joseph Lopez Buenaventura
Asking for it by Claudine L. Ong
Hokagay by Jonel Carl Revistual
I’ve been here by Jonathan Jose Zamora Olarte
Kanin Baboy, Taong Baboy by Gabrielle Lloyd D. Reyes
La Belle by Jean Hannah Belle Montebon
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu by Anj Macalanda
Rhythmic movement of positive energies in a synchronistic turn of events within a day.
Michel de Certeau’s Metaphor for everyday life by Noli Manaig
Pulp Friction by Robert Jacob C. Lazaro
Surveillance State, HLI.: Gawad CCP Recurring Nightmare by Jul Jun General
Terror Management Theory by Mathieu Padilla
Tingles by Al-Zir Georges Malaga
Told using a circular 360-degree framing and the power of A.S.M.R., “tingles” is a relaxing nightmare about manipulation, exploitation, and freedom.
Voyeur by Loren Shi
VOYEUR is a film brimming with meanings — bright and vivid, both visually and musically orbiting around the soul and mind of a trapped person. The short feature revolves around a woman inside a room wherein each wall symbolizes a specific stereotype of a woman should be, representing how women are monetized and objectified, how they are expected to live up to the tradition, the influence of religion, and the constant hope for transparency and equality, respectively. The audience watches as the woman struggles to free herself from expectations of the society and from the misconceptions drawn from the misrepresentations created in media, showing its significant influence and the ability of audiences to actively react and interpret media messages.
We remind readers that the Ika-31 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video will take place during the 15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (August 2nd – 11th, 2019) in Manila, Philippines.