PBO DIGITALES grand prize winners in KATORSE SHORTS, June 11-17

Seymour Barros Sanchez’s “Lababo” (Kitchen Sink) and Richard Legaspi’s “Ambulancia” (Ambulancia), grand prize winners of Pinoy Box Office (PBO) Digitales 1 and 2, respectively, will be screened with five other short films at Robinsons Galleria Indie Sine/ Cinema 8 as part of the KATORSE SHORTS program from June 11 to 17.

“Lababo,” which topped the first staging of the Viva-sponsored short film competition two years ago, covers significant dates concerning the Philippines’ relationship with the United States. Parallel to these events is the story of a young woman and a crazy woman who both fell in love with the same American soldier. The short film also competed at the 48th International Festival of Documentary and Short Film in Bilbao, Spain and 8th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Athens, Greece. In addition, it was also shown as part of the Internal Affairs 1 program of Jakarta Slingshortfest 2006, Young Cinema Night 2 program of the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival, 19th Gawad CCP for Alternative Film and Video, and the second CineVita film festival.

Meanwhile, “Ambulancia,” which stars Alan Paule and Nor Domingo, tells of a painful twist in an ambulance driver’s belief that a dying patient can be saved by running over stray animals on the streets. The short won best short narrative in the first Quisumbing – Escandor Film Festival for Health. It competed at the Naoussa International Film Festival in Greece and was also screened at the Asian Film Academy Fellows’ Night in Busan, South Korea, Young Cinema Night of the 9th Cinemanila, and 2nd CineVita.

Sanchez handles mass communication subjects at St. Paul University Manila while Legaspi teaches fine arts at University of the East – Caloocan. Legaspi served as assistant director to Sanchez’s “Lababo” while Sanchez worked as production manager to Legaspi’s “Ambulancia.” Both are graduates of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop for Film and Television and later became members of Katorse Writers Group.

KATORSE SHORTS, which also consists of Ogi Sugatan’s “Ang Kapalaran ni Virgin Mario” (The Fate of Virgin Mario), Grace Orbon’s “Dead Letter,” John Wong’s “Manyika” (Doll), and Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Puwang” (Space Between) and “Walong Linggo” (8 Sundays), will have an opening night at Cinema 3, 7 P.M. Sponsors are Mang Inasal, Waffle Time, Ping-Ping Lechon & Restaurant, Crystal Clear Drinking Water, ERG, Red Room Productions, Digital Cheese, and Pixel Art Media Production Co.

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