CinePanalo Film Festival set to feature 6 full-length films and 25 short films in cinematic showdown

The CinePanalo Film Festival is gearing up to showcase six full-length movies and 25 short films, all centered around the theme ‘Kuwentong Panalo’. The festival aims to raise the bar for Filipino movies and promises to be a highlight in the 2024 film industry calendar.

The official entries and recipients of the coveted film grant were unveiled during a recent media conference at Artson Events Place in Quezon City. The event brought together representatives from Puregold, directors, producers of the official entries, and members of the selection committee.


The distinguished selection committee, comprised of seasoned film and TV director Jeffrey Jethurian, award-winning filmmaker Victor Villanueva, Puregold Senior Marketing Manager Ivy Hayagan-Piedad, Lyle Gonzales from Republic Creative, and Puregold CinePanalo Festival Director Chris Cahilig, played a pivotal role in the rigorous selection process.

Out of the numerous submissions, 31 entries were selected as finalists, marking the commencement of the final phase of the Puregold CinePanalo Film Festival. The six full-length film finalists include promising newcomers Kurt Soberano with ‘Under the Piaya Moon’ and Eugene Torres with ‘One Day League: Dead Mother, Dead All.’ Their entries secured the prestigious ‘Producer’s Choice’ title, expanding the total number of slots to six.

Joining them in the competition are acclaimed directors Sigrid Bernardo for ‘Pushcart Tales,’ Raynier Brizuela for ‘Boys at the Back,’ Joel Ferrer for ‘Road to Happy,’ and Carlo Obispo for ‘A Lab Story.’

Each of the six full-length film directors received a substantial grant of P2.5 million, while the 25 short film student directors were awarded P100,000 each to support their creative endeavors.

Here are the 25 promising new student directors for the short film entries:

  • Jenievive B. Adame – “Smokey Journey” (STI College Cubao)
  • Ma. Rafaela Mae Abucejo – “Saan Ako Pinaglihi” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Alexa Moneii Agaloos – “Ka Benjie” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Kent Michael Cadungog – “Text FIND DAD and Send to 2366” (University of the Philippines)
  • John Pistol L. Carmen – “Repeater si Peter” (Bicol University)
  • Chrisha Eseo Cataag – “Hallway Scholar” (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo)
  • Patricia W. Dalluay – “Lola, Lola, Paano Ba ‘Yan?” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Joanah Pearl Demonteverde – “Kang Pagpuli Ko” (University of the Philippines – Visayas)
  • Joshua Andrey A. Doce – “I Am Mutya And I Thank You!” (Bicol State College of Applied
  • Science and Technology)
  • Neil M. Espino – “Sa Hindi Paghahangad” (De La Salle Lipa)
  • Terrence Gale Fernandez – “Kaibigan ko si Batman” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Daniel Gil – “Distansya” (Ateneo de Davao University)
  • Alexandra Lapid – “Queng Apag” (Mapúa University)
  • Reutsche Colle Rigurosa Lima – “Tiil ni Lola” (University of San Carlos)
  • Dizelle C. Masilungan – “Kung Nag-aatubili” (University of Santo Tomas)
  • Jose Mikyl Medina – “Lutong Bahay” (De La Salle University)
  • Ronjay-C Mendiola – “Last Shift” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Mark Terence Molave – “Paano po gumawa ng collage college?” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Jhunel Ruth A. Monterde – “Si Mary May Crush Kay Tess” (De La Salle College of Saint Benilde)
  • Doxford D. Perlas – “Naduea Eoman Si Brownie (Brownie’s Lost Again!)” (University of the Philippines – Visayas)
  • Andrea S. Ponce – “Layag sa Pangarap” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa)
  • Edz Haniel Teñido Purificacion – “Dzai Dzai Dzai Delilah” (Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna)
  • John Wilbert Llever Sucaldito – “Tambal nga Sabaw” (Far Eastern University)
  • Tyrone Lean J. Taotao – “Abandoned Lullabies” (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa)
  • Marian Jayce R. Tiongzon – “May Kulay Rosas Ba Sa Bahaghari?” (University of the Philippines – Visayas)

Additionally, all finalists received complimentary color grading services from Optima Digital and essential groceries from Puregold, demonstrating the festival’s commitment to supporting filmmakers throughout the production phase.

The completed Puregold CinePanalo full-length and short films are scheduled to be screened at Gateway Cinemas in Cubao, QC, from March 15 to 17, 2024, with potential regional screenings to follow. The short films will also be made available on Puregold’s official social media channels, including YouTube and TikTok.

The festival not only celebrates the vibrant landscape of Filipino cinema but also provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their talent and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the industry.

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