Sinepiyu Steers Aspiring Filmmakers

Bernard Santos With the movement and flow of the global health crisis gripping the country, Sinepiyu navigates the social currents and plugs in the life support for film industry. Short film is a good start for aspiring filmmakers to exhibit their creativity. Now in its 14th year, Sinepiyu is Far Eastern University’s film festival that … Continue reading Sinepiyu Steers Aspiring Filmmakers

How Sinepiyu sails through the pandemic’s uncharted waters

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Leo Cosmiano Baltar Screengrab from FDCP channel Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, local cinema still struggles to stay afloat. Since the virus ravaged the Philippines, cinema-based activities have been halted, and theaters only began operating again with limited capacity in November last year. Film productions were also postponed in early 2020, forcing major studios … Continue reading How Sinepiyu sails through the pandemic’s uncharted waters

Haiyan-set drama named best local film by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers, John Arcilla wins best lead performance

Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, a moving absurdist drama set in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) and starring Charo Santos-Concio and Daniel Padilla, is named Best Film in the 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards, handed out by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers. In its citation of the film, SFFR recognized its … Continue reading Haiyan-set drama named best local film by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers, John Arcilla wins best lead performance

10 Best Scenes of 2021

The "Walang himala!" scene in Himala (1982). The trapped-in-the-corner ending of Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975). The "Magsayaw na lang tayo" scene in Temptation Island (1980). These are few of the scenes in local cinema that have become iconic for varying reasons, whether through excellent writing, masterful directing, impeccable acting, or simply because … Continue reading 10 Best Scenes of 2021

10 Best Film Festivals of 2021

The pandemic forced film festival organizers to shift their operations online or through a hybrid mode. Some were unable to adjust in time, but others thrived in the new setup. For the fifth straight year, the Quezon City International Film Festival (fondly called QCinema) remains the gold standard for local filmfests as it is recognized … Continue reading 10 Best Film Festivals of 2021

“Kun Maupay Man It Panahon”, “OTJ: The Missing 8” top 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards Nominations

Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather Is Fine), Carlo Francisco Manatad's audacious magical realist take on Super Typhoon Haiyan's impact on the psyche of survivors, topped the nominations for the 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards, as voted by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers. Kun Maupay, which was an entry to the Metro Manila … Continue reading “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon”, “OTJ: The Missing 8” top 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards Nominations

2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards Shortlists

The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers announces shortlists in three categories for the 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards®: Best Documentary Short, Best Live Action Short, and Best Animated Short. DOCUMENTARY SHORT Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Film category for the 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards. Forty-seven films were eligible in the category. Members of … Continue reading 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards Shortlists

“Aswang”, “Midnight in a Perfect World” win big at 1st Pinoy Rebyu Awards

Aswang, Alyx Ayn Arumpac's debut feature-length documentary on the Duterte administration's drug war, and Midnight in a Perfect World, Dodo Dayao's dystopian imagination of Metro Manila, received the lion's share of prizes handed out by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers (SFFR) for its inaugural Pinoy Rebyu Awards. Aswang, which screened as part of the … Continue reading “Aswang”, “Midnight in a Perfect World” win big at 1st Pinoy Rebyu Awards

5 Best Scenes in 2020 Philippine Cinema

The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers continues the Pinoy Rebyu tradition since 2011 of recognizing the best individual scenes in Philippine cinema. Here are the 5 best scenes in 2020, with reviewers' notes and filmmakers' takes. Ending, Lingua Franca The late Lynn Cohen in a scene from Lingua Franca Sanriel Ajero, SFFR: "Despite its tone … Continue reading 5 Best Scenes in 2020 Philippine Cinema

“Midnight in a Perfect World” Leads the 1st Pinoy Rebyu Awards Nominations

The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers' Pinoy Rebyu Awards celebrate the best achievements in Philippine cinema of 2020. For eligibility, members of SFFR considered all films released in the calendar year in at least one cinema in the Philippines or on a largely accessible streaming service between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Of … Continue reading “Midnight in a Perfect World” Leads the 1st Pinoy Rebyu Awards Nominations