Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Short Films

Sa Among Agwat topped the Best Short Film Category of Pinoy Rebyu’s 9th Annual Film Poll. The film screened in Cinemalaya where it won Best Director and a NETPAC Special Mention. Below are the top 10, tallied from submissions of 26 poll respondents.

1 – Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc) 52 pts

Jun is a farmer who lives near a pineapple field with his mother Dita and his brother Mako. His aunt from Manila who can’t bear a child offers to adopt Mako with a promise to give him a good life. Jun and Mako face their impending separation and think of ways they can spend every minute together.

2 – Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss (Sonny Calvento) 33 pts

A salesgirl unearths the ultimate secret to regularization.

3 – Heist School (Julius Renomeron Jr.) 28 pts

A ragtag group of students try to steal from the faculty room as they save both their grades and friendship.

4 – Judy Free (Che Tagyamon) 27 pts, 11 votes

A young girl’s reality is intruded when her father who’s been away abroad for almost a decade suddenly comes home as an animated doodle figure.

5 – Tokwifi (Carla Pulido Ocampo) 27 pts, 9 votes

A 1950’s mestiza star–trapped inside a television that fell from the sky–dreams up a romantic romp on the rice terraces, with a Bontok Igorot man who does not know how to kiss.

6 – Disconnection Notice (Glenn Lowell Averia) 21 pts

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.

7 – Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Josef Gacutan) 20 pts

An elderly man tries to repair his relationship with his estranged son, but a mysterious black figure gets in the way.

8 – Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya (Gilb Baldoza) 13 pts

Gay teenager Girly looks for a job in a world he is unaware of.

9 – Gitlo (Bobby Villacarlos II) 10 pts

In the urban streets of Cebu, a man waits for a jeepney on the way to his destination. As he gets on it, he sees the pursuits of other passengers and the people outside of his serene view, unexpectedly transporting him into realities he is yet to venture.

10 – Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa (Norvin De Los Santos) 9 pts

After claiming the ₱100,000 award from the government for centenaries, 100-year old pious and pragmatic Lola Perla visits her ex-lover’s son to bail him out of jail to dance with her in exchange for the money.

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS >>

Mayk Alegre

  1. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss
  2. ‘Wag Mo Kong Kausapin
  3. Disconnection Notice
  4. Judy Free
  5. Heist School

Jonathan Ang

  1. “Sa Among Agwat” by Don Senoc (Cinemalaya/Cinema One Originals 2019)
  2. “Paano Bihisan Ang Isang Ina” by Tim Rone Villanueva (Singkuwento IFF 2019)
  3. “Ang Nagliliyab Na Kasaysayan Ng Pamilya Dela Cruz” by Miguel Louie De Guzman (Singkuwento IFF 2019)
  4. “Paalam Sa Mga Ninuno” by Kyle Chu (31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video 2019)
  5. “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” by Anj Macalanda (31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video 2019)

Honorable Mention/Runners-up: “Panaghoy” by Alvin Baloloy (Sinag Maynila 2019); “Magna” by Geoffrey Jules Solidum (Sine Kabataan 2019); “The Retreat” by Riah Tonio (31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video 2019); “Malengag” by Chad Delos Santos (31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibo Pelikula at Video 2019); “Ang Huling Bucket List” by Bibo Ebuen (Singkuwento IFF 2019)

Gerald Cajayon

  1. Sinipi Kay Boni
  2. Budots: The Craze
  3. REJKT
  4. Hollow Blocks
  5. Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay N’ya

Carlo Antonio Cielo

  1. Hakdawan
  2. SPID
  3. Here, Here
  4. Judy Free

Archie del Mundo

  1. Gitlo (Bobby Villacarlos II)
  2. I Killed My Mother ( Christian Rae Villanueva)
  3. Adwana (Josher Gatbalayan)
  4. The Mortician of Manila (Leah Borromeo)
  5. Woodside (Vic Roxas)

Armando dela Cruz

  1. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss
  2. Isang Daang Isa’t Mariposa
  3. Here, Here
  4. Tokwifi
  5. SPID

Engelbert Rafferty dela Cruz-Dulay

  1. Judy Free
    Director: Che Tagyamon
  2. Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin
    Director: Josef Gacutan
  3. Tokwifi
    Director: Carla Pulido Ocampo
  4. Heist School
    Director: Julius Renomeron Jr.
  5. Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss
    Director: Sonny Calvento

Matthew Escosia

  1. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss
  2. Disconnection Notice
  3. Sa Among Agwat
  4. Heist School
  5. Tokwifi

Brylle Gershwin Fajardo

  1. Judy Free
  2. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss
  3. Heist School
  4. Panaghoy
  5. Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa

Ivan Gentolizo

  1. Sa Among Agwat
  2. Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya
  3. Tembong
  4. Wag Mo Kong Kausapin
  5. Gatilyo

Goldwin Reviews

  1. Heist School by Julius Renomeron Jr. (Cinemalaya)
  2. Pinggu, Pwede Na? by Elle Marie Ubas & Johanna Valdez (PPP)
  3. Toto, Tawag Ka Ng Ate Mo by Mary Franza Salazar (PPP)
  4. Disconnection Notice by Glenn Averia (Cinemalaya)

Goldmon Iporac

  1. Disconnection Notice
  2. Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya
  3. Judy Free
  4. Sa Among Agwat
  5. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss

Json Javier

  1. Heist School
  2. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert
  3. Sa Among Agwat
  4. The Slums

Skilty Labastilla

  • Michel de Certeau’s Metaphor for Everyday Life (Noli Manaig)

Jay Lacanilao

  1. Sa Among Agwat
  2. Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay Niya
  3. Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa
  4. The Shoemaker
  5. Disconnection Notice

Wowie Lagman

  1. Sa Among Agwat
  2. Heist School
  3. Gatilyo
  4. Disconnection Notice

Nicol Latayan

  1. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori)
  2. Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss (Sonny Calvento)
  3. Heist School (Julius Renomeron Jr)
  4. Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc)
  5. Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa (Norvin De Los Santos)

Mell Navarro

  1. Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces) by Don Senoc
  2. Panaghoy by Alvin Baloloy
  3. Tembong (Connecting) by Shaira Advincula
  4. Hele ng Maharlika by Norvin Delos Santos
  5. Judy Free by Cha Tagyamon

Jim Paranal

  1. Tinay
  2. Pamana ni Lola

Ed Ramirez

  1. Sa Among Agwat
  2. The Shoemaker
  3. Tokwifi
  4. Wag Mo Akong Kausapin
  5. Judy Free

Jay Rosas

  1. Gitlo / Bobby Villacarlos (BINISAYA 2020)
  2. Michel de Certau’s Metaphor for Everyday Life / Noli Manaig (Gawad CCP)
  3. Tokwifi / Carla Ocampo
  4. Excuse me Miss Miss Miss / Sonny Calvento
  5. Baguio Address No. 10 / Mervine Aquino

Bernard Santos

  1. Hele ng Maharlika
  2. Sa Among Agwat
  3. Excuse Me Miss,Miss,Miss
  4. Judy Free
  5. Disconnection Notice

Naz Tabares

  1. Wag Mo Kong Kausapin
  2. Judy Free
  3. Tokwifi
  4. Sa Among Agwat
  5. Disconnection Notice

John Tawasil

  1. Dude Pare Bro
  2. Sa Among Agwat
  3. Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss
  4. Tokwifi
  5. The Slums

Rodj Tulang

  1. Tokwifi
  2. In Between Spaces
  3. Heist School
  4. Judy Free
  5. Please Stop Talking

Emil Nor Urao

  1. Tokwifi
  2. Disconnection Notice
  3. Heist School
  4. ‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin
  5. Judy Free

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