Mapua Korea Pinoy Film Festival
Six award-winning student films from Manila-based Mapua University are screening at the first ever Korea Pinoy International Film Festival in Seoul. Credits to KPIFF.

Mapua University’s student films will be showcased this September at the First Korea Pinoy International Film Festival (KPIFF) in Seoul.

Six award-winning student films from Mapua University in Manila will be screened as the “Best of Mapua” as part of the 2019 KPIFF‘s run from September 27 to 29, 2019 at the Arirang Cinema Center in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul.

Showcased as “Best of Mapua” the student films will be part of the first-ever Korea Pinoy festival in Seoul which will also stage the South Korea premiere of the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo blockbuster film, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”.

The School of Media Studies of Mapua University, a partner school of Seoul’s Chung-Ang University and Sungkyunwan University, will present the Filipino student films in the showcase organized by the festival committee of Pinoy Artists in Korea led by Seoul-based filmmaker and media entrepreneur, Nash Ang.

Here are the Mapua University student films on the “Best of Mapua” showcase at the 2019 KPIFF:

1Ophelia (15 minutes) by Celina Mae Medina

Awards: Best Film Editing and Best Performance of an Actress in CineMapúa 2019 Digital Student Film Festival; Screened in the Short Film Corner of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.

Cast: Rea Molina, Soliman Cruz, Angelina Kanapi

Synopsis: A depressed college student asks parents for psychiatric. The parents have other plans in mind.

2Nik-Nik (21 minutes) by Nixs Bernal

Awards: Best LGBT Award in Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards;
Best Film in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival

Cast: Mercedes Cabral, Ashley Namilit

Synopsis: A 6-year old girl attempts to solve the rubik’s cube and in the process, connects segments of her future.

3Disconnection Notice (19 minutes) by Glenn Lowell Averia

Award: NETPAC Award in Cinemalaya 2019 Independent Film Festival

Cast: Jude Servilla, JV Servilla

Synopsis: Away from his home in the province, Paul shuffles between the responsibilities of being the eldest sibling in their apartment and reconnecting with his youngest brother Carl who now lives with him.

4Gatilyo (19 minutes) by Harold Lance Pialda

Awards: Best Film in CineMapúa 2019 Digital Student Film Festival;
Finalist in Cinemalaya 2019 Independent Film Festival

Cast: Rocky Salumbides, Liya Sarmiento, Miguel Domino Roberta, Roberta Daleon, Jester Cortes

Synopsis: The lone survivor of an ambush gets haunted by the war he survived.

5Pood (4 minutes) by Gio Sallena

Award: Finalist in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival

Synopsis: A young boy accidentally discovers the magical portal to the enchanted world of Malignos despite his father’s warning not to venture into the forest.

6Southbound (6 mins) by Zaira Daradar and Rhadney Reyes

Award: Best Animation Film in CineMapúa 2018 Digital Student Film Festival

Synopsis: A high school student whose day seems so ordinary encounters a strange incident which reveals that the progression of technology isn’t always good.

The Best of Mapua showcase at the 2019 Korea Pinoy International Film Fest will be held at the Arirang Cinema Center in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul on Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 P.M.

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