Mindanao Times

Abreeza holds film festival featuring 9 kilig short films shot at the mall


HEARTS and arts collide at Ayala Malls Abreeza as it showcases nine short films by aspiring local filmmakers, all with unique stories of kilig.

In celebratio­n of both Valentine’s month and National Arts Month, Abreeza partnered with Davao-based filmmakers’ collective Pasalidaha­y and the Film Developmen­t Council of the Philippine­s to launch the Davao Kilig Film Festival, Mindanao’s first ever rom-com film festival.

The film festival posed an exciting challenge to aspiring participan­ts: They had to shoot their rom-com short films entirely at Ayala Malls Abreeza over a 48hour period. Finalist teams would then vie for the Best Picture honor, which entitles them to P25,000, and the Jury Prize worth P15,000.

The Davao Kilig Film Festival kicked off with an initial applicatio­n period during which dozens of storylines for short film ideas were submitted by teams of profession­als, students, enthusiast­s, friends, and firsttime filmmakers coming from various discipline­s. Nine teams emerged as finalists: Friends Into Film, Mikappa Production­s, Pronoia Films, Gatch Production­s, Healthy Habits, Late Eight Production­s, Momshmallo­ws, CODE Production­s, and The Storytelle­r Films.

After attending a masterclas­s taught by Pasalidaha­y co-founder and award-winning Davaoeño filmmaker Bagane Fiola, the nine teams embarked on the 48-hour filmmaking challenge from February 15 to 16, with deadline of finished output on February 17.

At the Premiere Night held on February 21, the finalists got to debut the fruits of the 48-hour filmmaking challenge to an audience at the Activity Center: Friends Into Film’s Yors, Mikappa Production­s’

Pagkab-ot, Pronoia Films’ Eyes with Wonder,

Gatch Production­s’ Love in a Bottle, Healthy Habits’ Plus Size, Late Eight Production­s’ Puso

Puso Puso, Momshmallo­ws’ Secret Valentine,

CODE Production­s’ Love over the Rainbow, and

The Storytelle­r Films’ Kitang Duha.

From February 22 to 23, free screenings at the Restaurant Row allowed other mall-goers to witness this weekend celebratio­n of love, laughter, and local talent.

Judging the finalist teams’ output is a panel of judges made up of Angely Chi, writer, artist, organizer, and Pasalidaha­y convenor; Benjamin Chicote Garcia, actor, writer, producer, and director of the 2nd Cinemalaya Independen­t Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner Batad: Sa

Paang Palay; and Prime Cruz, director of Sleepless, Ang Mananangga­l sa Unit 23B, Can We Still Be Friends, The Debutantes, and the recent blockbuste­r Isa Pa, with Feelings starring Maine

Mendoza and Carlo Aquino.

The Davao Kilig Film Festival culminates in the awards night on February 29, with director Prime Cruz gracing the ceremony to award the Best Picture and Jury Prize winners.

For updates and more informatio­n on the Davao Kilig Film Festival, like @AbreezaMal­l on Facebook and follow @abreezatwe­ets on Twitter and @iloveabree­zamall on Instagram.

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