CineFilipino Film Festival Launched

Another film festival was launched recently. It is called CineFilipino Film Festival 2013 and what makes it different from the other film festivals is that it offers P1.5-million grant (much more than the usual grants offered by the earlier film festivals) to eight filmmakers to be chosen for them to produce their respective projects.

The CineFilpino Film Featival 2013 is under the auspices of PLDT-Smart Foundation, MediaQuest, Studio 5 and Unitel Entertainment. The film Festival will serve as a showcase of fresh cinematic works by both aspiring and established filmmakers who best define the human experience through a Filipino perspective.

During the press conference that launched the festival at the Cinema 1 of Ali Mall in Cubao, the festival's organizing committee was represented by Vincent Nebrida of Unitel, and Esther Santos of PLDT-Smart Foundation.

The Festival has two categories, the Feature-Length Filmmakers Section and the Short Filmmakers Section.

The first is open to aspiring and experienced filmmakers. The screenplays submitted will be evaluated for the selection of the eight film projects to receive a production grant of P1.5 million each. Those who want to join must submit their feature-length narrative scripts on or before the deadline which is Oct. 8.

The Short Filmmaker Section, on the other hand, is open to student filmmakers. Only 10 student filmmakers will make the short list for this category. Completed short films must be submitted between Sept. 29 and Dec. 31.

All entries should be sent to CineFilipino Film Festival office at 1196 Pablo Ocampo Extension corner Zapotec Sts., Makati City. For more details, interested filmmakers may e-mail They may also visit

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Manila Bulletin Presents 'Captive'

The Manila Bulletin, in collaboration with Ayala Malls and Café France, presents a special advance screening of Brillante Ma. Mendoza's acclaimed film "Captive" tomorrow, Sept. 3, at Cinema 2, Greenbelt 3, Makati City.

"Captive" will have its gala premiere tonight at SM Pampanga. Regular run in theaters nationwide will start on Sept. 5.

"Captive" stars French actress Isabelle Huppert in the lead role. It also stars Sid Lucero, Angel Aquino, Ronnie Lazaro, Raymond Bagatsing, Rustica Carpio, Maria Isabel Lopez, Mon Confiado, Mercedes Cabral, Kathy Mulville, Timothy Mabalot and Coco Martin.

"Captive" has been screened in the Special Selection Category of the Sydney International Film Festival 2012 and in the 33rd Durban International Film Festival 2012. It has also been shown at the 17th Busan International Films Festival 2012.

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'Manny Many Prizes' Goes Universal

GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network, mark its 7th year and in celebration of this milestone, it is bringing the country's No. 1 pound-for-pound game show "Manny Many Prizes" to the US with a two-part presentation at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.

Sarangani Rep. and Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will lead the celebration as he brings hope and cheers to his kababayans in the US through different fun and engaging segments.

"Kapuso Goes International with Manny Many Prizes" will have two versions that are uniquely designed for two different sets of audiences who will all have the chance to bring home big and exciting prizes that could reach up to $20,000!

These episodes will air locally on Oct. 7 and 14.

Aside from giving away attractive prizes, "Manny Many Prizes" also promises to keep viewers entertained with games and live performances from Dingdong Dantes, Solenn Heussaff, Rochelle Pangilinan, Elmo Magalona, and Julie Ann San Jose.

Joining Pacman are co-hosts Rhian Ramos, Paolo Contis, Gladys Guevarra, Pekto and Olympic medalist-turned-comedian Onyok Velasco. A talent search will also be held prior to the show in the hop

For tickets, visit

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Sept. 2, go to Gen. Alexander Aguirre, Rey "PJ" Abellana, Amado Tan, Ronnie Villar, Chit Javier Tmbang, Neneng Abaquin, Nona Panlilio, Estelita Madlansacay, Steffi del Rosario, Prof. Noel de Guzman, Atty. Tony Abanilla, Jessica Casas, Erlinda B. Perez, Ernesto "Bong" Aquino, Dona Bayota, Fanny Blanco, Carlo Guevarra and Malacañang's Ricky Carandang...

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