2nd San Diego Filipino Film Festival – Opening Films 2022

Five short films will open the San Diego Filipino Film Festival (USA) which will take place from October 13 – 18, 2022.

Opening Night – October 13, 2022
5:00 PM – Opening Reception with light refreshments at Savoie Italian Eatery across the street from AMC
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Film Screening
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Q&A

Who to Love by Rommel Andaya – USA | 10 minutes

In the near future, a couple goes on another date to see if they are right for each other. Adam, a male in his early 30’s, meets his date, Tracy, a young single mother of one, in a nice restaurant. They have a pleasant dinner, which leads to drinks at a bar. However, a part of Tracy’s past comes up in conversation. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman has been following their every move and everything is revealed when they all meet back at Tracy’s house. (SDFFF 2022)


Harana (Serenade) by Marie Jamora – USA | 17 minutes

Maya is a cover band singer in a Las Vegas casino-hotel lounge trying to connect with her daughter who is growing up in the Philippines without her. Wrestling between her passion for songwriting and becoming a pop-culture photocopy for an un-listening audience, she realizes that music — the one thing that keeps them distant – can also bring them closer together. (SDFFF 2022)


Velvet Sky by Charles Gray – USA | 16 minutes

After winning the grand jury prize at a local film festival and receiving an offer to make his first feature film by an independent movie studio, Miguel Endico, a young Filipino filmmaker has a chance encounter with one of his biggest film idols—Victor Soriano, an established filmmaker who offers Miguel the chance to take him under his wing and mentor him. The two begin a mentorship program that starts to be troublesome and toxic in the way that Victor is behaving towards Miguel. Through a string of tests and tribulations, the young filmmaker must find a way to break away from this toxic relationship after realizing that Victor might only be out to sabotage him and tarnish his chance at success. This leads Miguel to follow the path that he was meant to find and make the film that he was always destined to make. (SDFFF 2022)


Never Forget by Ida Anita Del Mundo – USA | 15 minutes

Vera, a 33-year-old Filipino-American born and raised in New York, deals with her estranged father, Pablo, who has dementia. She hires Jhason, an undocumented Filipino nurse who is new in the city, but soon realizes that Jhason is not just who he says he is and that her father has a secret that he has been trying all his life to keep – and now, finally, to forget. It is a secret that makes Vera question everything she knows about herself. (SDFFF 2022)


Beauty Queen by Myra Aquino – Philippines | 18 minutes

1940, Pampanga, Philippines– Remedios Gomez is a classic woman through-and-through, and she has the town’s beauty pageant crown to prove it. But when the Empire of Japan invades the Philippines, plunging the country into unmitigated chaos and violence, her quiet provincial life is completely overturned. After her father is tortured and killed by the Japanese for his refusal to obey them, she runs to the mountains with her brother Oscar to join the Hukbalahap resistance, and find renewed purpose in the war. Once she arrives in the thick jungle encampment, however, she discovers that not only does being a woman limit her options in the resistance, but her suppressed grief over her father’s death continues to haunt her. She must grapple with both as she tries to find the strength to be who she needs to be for her country– while still unapologetically being herself. (SDFFF 2022)


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