Young Gigmoto filmmaker’s short film is MMFF finalist
posted 1-Dec-2018  ·  
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An emerging filmmaker from Gigmoto, Catanduanes has made a big step up in his young career, with his animated entry making it to the Top 8 finalists in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Student Short Film Competition.

Demetrio E. Celestino III, a graduating student of the Catanduanes State University, will make his introduction into the national film scene with his stop-motion-animation short film “Tahanan”, a five-minute work that centers on the issue of family separation told through the eyes of a young green sea turtle.

A graphic artist and cartoonist at CSU’s student publication “The Statesman”, Celestino started venturing into filmmaking just this year using stop-motion animation as his medium.

The 21-year-old student was also the first prize winner of the short film competition during the Linggo ng Kalikasan celebration sponsored by the provincial government of Catanduanes, for which he received P15,000 as his prize.

Presently on his internship at the Information Unit of the provincial government, Celestino is also part of Surte, a home-grown literary-advocacy group in the province.

The MMFF Student Short Film Competition, which was introduced by the organizers in 2016, is aimed at encouraging students to harness their creativity and talents in storytelling through film making. The entries come in different formats and genres: narrative, experimental, live action and animated.

Other films that were survived the shortlisting of 123 entries are: Balita (Centro Escolar University); Binibini 14. Beverly Lagdameo (De La Salle - College of St. Benilde); Dalawampung Pisong Pag-asa (St. Dominic College of Asia); Kasilyas (Bulacan State University); Padyak (Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc.); Paraiso (UP Diliman); and, Sasagot Ka Pa? (De La Salle - College of St. Benilde).

The Top 8 entries will be shown in cinemas together with the full-length official entries during the festival period from December 25, 2018 to January 7, 2018.

Like the main entries, the short films directed by professionals and students will also be competing for the Best Short Film and the Jury Prize).

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