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Sinepiyu XIII – Programme 2021

We present the programme for the Sinepiyu XIII which will take place online from July 12 – 16, 2021 on the FDCP Channel (streaming website). The festival is organized by the FEU Film Society.

About the festival:
SINEPIYU is Far Eastern University’s most prestigious film festival. Now in it’s 13th year, it has maintained a benchmark of credibility as a university-based film competition, offering two divisions – ALL TAMARAWS, and INTERSCHOOL with three categories, Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental. The ALL TAMARAWS (All Tams) category is exclusive for students currently enrolled in FEU-Manila, while the INTERSCHOOL category is open for students filmmakers (College and Senior High School) across the Philippines.

How to watch the festival:

1) Go to https://fdcpchannel.ph

2) Register or log-in the website (it’s free!)

3) Go into the Basic section in the website

4) Enjoy the programme 🙂

Narrative Section

𝗔𝗡𝗚 𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗧 by Tiara Angelia L. Nicolas | University of Baguio

Three tambays Makoy, Boyong, and Levi, decide to take a rest and have a snack on a bench after a game of basketball. While doing so, a Philippine flag catches their eye. As they admire its beauty and bold colors, they begin to wonder about the symbolism that it brings. The three friends then begin to have a debate on what they think is the significance of the flag to their country – questioning whether its beauty and complexity really does represent the nation it stands for.

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𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗟 by James Andrew B. Bueno | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

After receiving tons of criticism from netizens for posting an insensitive video online, social media influencer Apol responded by doing a livestream on Facebook to apologize to everyone.

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𝗕𝗔𝗬𝗔𝗡𝗜 by Jay Emanuel Q. Alegarbes | University of San Carlos

The farmer’s life is filled with hard work and perseverance who works very hard day and night in all seasons and occasions. They are one of the most useful people since the beginning of civilization as we all depend in agriculture to sustain our needs. However, even though they feed the entire humanity, their life conditions are far from satisfactory.

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𝗕𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗪 by Aaron Neil M. Domingo | Far Eastern University

A usual day for Blazo’s family until their unica hija, Ysabelle, unconsciously questioned her father’s work of living.

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𝗖𝗜𝗥𝗖𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗪 by Jaime Morados | Meridian International College

A Filipino man from 1896 is given the opportunity to see his youngest descendant in the year 2020.

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𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗢 𝗡𝗚 𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗜𝗧 by Tyrone James Luanzon | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

Light piercing through the sky is the common symbolism of hope for most of us, but not for Erika and her grandmother. The idea of the sun getting swallowed by darkness signals the arrival of the ultimate necessity of life – water.

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𝗚𝗨𝗧𝗔𝗕 by Mary Andrea Palmares | University of the Philippines Visayas

Set in a small provincial town, the story centers on two young women named Jo-an and Sabel. Jo-an is known for winning different local beauty pageants. She is the epitome of an innocent and beautiful young woman. Sabel is a mat weaver’s daughter and a free-spirited eighteen-year old who dreams to be free from certain societal constraints. Their last encounter together before Sabel leaves home urges Jo-an to make a life-changing decision.

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𝗞𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗬𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗥𝗗 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 by Jericho Rimando | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

A filmmaker screens his high-concept-socio-realist film to a local philosopher hoping to get his opinion. The filmmaker argues his right to make art, while the philosopher questions his intent and the purpose of his art.

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𝗠𝗚𝗔 𝗦𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗡𝗢𝗗 by Gabriel Carmelo | University of Sto. Tomas

In a rural area in Mindanao, a deaf-mute boy witnesses the mysterious drowning of twins in a river. As his brother helps him overcome the trauma induced by the event, the harsh truth rises from the waters.

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𝗦𝗔𝗞𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗣𝗔𝗗 by Rainner S. Cion | Far Eastern University

In hopes of reaching his hanging kite, an ambitious young boy uses all his strength and playfulness.

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𝗦𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗚 𝗠𝗚𝗔 𝗡𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗚𝗔𝗪 𝗦𝗔 𝗟𝗜𝗠𝗢𝗧 by Vahn Leinard C. Pascual |De La Salle College of St. Benilde

A girl wakes up after the typhoon surge, reminiscing the crippling event that had happened and eventually sees a lifeless body lying by the seashore.

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𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗔 𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗔𝗚𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗔𝗪 by Aireen Remoto | Meridian International College

The farmers of Caquilingan Farmers’ Association were wrongfully accused of an offense against a trumped case because they tried to defend their lands.

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𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗙𝗜𝗚𝗨𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗧 𝗠𝗜𝗞𝗘 by Jermaine Tulbo | Meridian International College

In the midst of COVID-19, when life is no longer sustainable on earth, a faithful catholic young boy gets his faith tested and questioned as he prepares to reach his next destination.

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Documentary Section

𝗔𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗬𝗔 by Mike Cabarles | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

A short poetic documentary film about the diaspora of the filmmaker who recalls his origin despite being alienated by the changes in the city.

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𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗜𝗡 𝗛𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗟𝗘 by Nickey Zacate | Far Eastern University

Contillo brothers, Earl and Elijah conquered the struggles of being an artist during the pandemic socio-economic dilemmas.

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𝗕𝗟𝗨𝗘 𝗜𝗦 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗠𝗬 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗟𝗢𝗥 by Vahn Leinard C. Pascual | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

A short documentary film about a family photo album that becomes an animated journey for an only-child reflecting on his parent’s belief that a color could influence his gender preference.

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𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗞𝗜𝗦 by Yvonne Salazar & Sita Valenzuela | Ateneo De Manila University

LINGKIS (2021) mixes mythology, animation, and documentary to tell the story of a country plunged into darkness by a serpent hungry for power, whose only hope is the light people bring to fight against it.

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𝗡𝗔𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗞 𝗡𝗔 𝗠𝗢𝗗𝗬𝗨𝗟 by Yancy D. Dizon | Mindanao State University

Up until now, facing this pandemic is everyone’s burden and for the children of the Blaan tribe from a far flung area called Sitio nga Bango, it had caused them a thinner chance to continue, pursue and complete their education. These children and their families were torn to which conformity will they settle, would it be following what we were used to do in the past which is a poison to the present or the Calvary of the new normal which is the only hope for tomorrow? Have you heard the battle cry of these Lumad children carrying their mountain-like piled modules? Have you seen them?

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𝗦𝗜 𝗕𝗔𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗧 𝗦𝗜 𝗝𝗔𝗬𝗩𝗘𝗘 by Kenneth Peterson F. Leviste | FEU Institute of Technology

Si Baby at Si Jayvee: Documenting a glimpse of reality through the struggles of a mother supporting her son in continuing education during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗪𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗪𝗘 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗠𝗦 by Regina Mae U. Alba
University of the Philippines Diliman

The documentarist records conversations on dreams, struggles and the thoughts of some working class people, as she goes through countless hours of traffic while commuting everyday.

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Experimental Section

𝗔𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗔𝗚𝗔𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗪 𝗡𝗚 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗢𝗧 by Lance Apigo | Mapua University

A bored man repeatedly peeks in and out between two curtains to amuse himself.

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𝗕𝗨𝗞𝗢 by Jessa Doydora | Far Eastern University

Bilog ang mundo ngunit nakakahon ang mga tao. Lalabas at lalabas pa rin ang siyang bumuo sa’yo. Mitsa ng pagkabuko.

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𝗕𝗨𝗪𝗔𝗡 𝗡𝗚 𝗗𝗔𝗟𝗔𝗪 by Jan Christian Garcia | University of the Philippines Diliman

A man finding his own gender identity after knowing he has a menstruation.

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𝗗𝗜𝗞𝗜𝗧 𝗗𝗜𝗞𝗜𝗧 by Mico Tagulalac | Mapua University

Dikit-Dikit is an experimental film that presents longing and desire for physical touch during the COVID-19 pandemic. In times where physical distancing and social restrictions were implemented to limit the spread of the virus, it leaves us with a question of, “What, where, and who will we touch?”.

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𝗠𝗜𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗘 𝗕𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗖𝗛 by Mike Cabarles | De La Salle College of St. Benilde

A lone man, the last living person on earth, trying to make sense of things around him.

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𝗡𝗢𝗕𝗢𝗗𝗬 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘𝗦 𝗜𝗙 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗗𝗢𝗡’𝗧 𝗚𝗢 𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗬 by Joyce Macalia | Far Eastern University

Sapagkat ang mga salamin ay patuloy na magsisilbing suliranin sa mga matang hindi kumukurap, sa mga tengang hindi nabibingi at sa mga bibig na hindi mapipipi. Sa mundong walang iisang tono, kailan mo maririnig ang sariling himig mo?

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𝗣𝗨𝗛𝗢𝗡 by Darryl Rafer | Far Eastern University

Puhon is a story of a closeted boy who fears coming out, and the closet in his room where he locked himself in is his only safe space.

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𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗘𝗔 𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗡𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗗 by Ian Caacbay | Far Eastern University

A young woman in the middle of the sea was deflected by a man that will change who she is, forever. Both characters are represented by a huge name in the world, inspired from the most controversial dispute that is still happening today.

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For more information about the festival please go to https://www.facebook.com/sinepiyu

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