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.
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