Filmmakers, enthusiasts gather at 1st ‘Sinag Maynila’

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Sinag Maynila founder Wilson Tieng and festival director Brillante Mendoza with the ceremonial gong that launched the country’s newest independent film festivalSinag Maynila founder Wilson Tieng and festival director Brillante Mendoza with the ceremonial gong that launched the country’s newest independent film festival

Sinag Maynila founder Wilson Tieng and festival director Brillante Mendoza with the ceremonial gong that launched the country’s newest independent film festivalSinag Maynila founder Wilson Tieng and festival director Brillante Mendoza with the ceremonial gong that launched the country’s newest independent film festival

It was a shining moment for Philippine independent cinema when filmmakers and actors were joined by film enthusiasts and even diplomats at the launch of Sinag Maynila at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier.

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Sinag Maynila, the country’s newest independent film festival, showcased quality and thought-provoking movies from young, non-mainstream Filipino filmmakers at selected SM Cinemas.

The line up for the first year included Imbisibol, a film by Lawrence Fajardo, which garnered most of the awards; Balut Country by Paul Sta. Ana; Bambanti by Zig Dulay; Swap by Remton Zuasola; and Ninja Party by Jim Libiran.

Conceptualized and spearheaded by chief executive officer and founder Wilson Tieng, together with world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza as Festival Director, Sinag Maynila gives grants to independent filmmakers so they can develop their individual material to a full length film for public exhibition.

Sinag Maynila jurors multi-awarded film writer Armando Lao, FDCP’s John Badalu, international festival programmer Paolo Bertolin, National Artist F. Sionil Jose and Manunuri’s Tito Valiente

Sinag Maynila jurors multi-awarded film writer Armando Lao, FDCP’s John Badalu, international festival programmer Paolo Bertolin, National Artist F. Sionil Jose and Manunuri’s Tito Valiente

As a festival that seeks to inspire, educate, and enlighten the viewing public, Sinag Maynila will feature films that reflect Filipino culture, while presenting social issues deserving of discussion among audiences here and abroad.

Sinag Maynila is a partnership between Solar Entertainment and Centerstage Productions with support from SM Cinema and SM Aura Premier.

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