KATORSE is back!

After their successful screening last month at the Robinson’s Galleria, Indie Sine, the Katorse Writers Group will have a special screening in this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. The line-up includes two new selections from the group: Ika-Siyam na Palapag by Anna Isabelle Matutina and Pagbugtaw by Seymour Barros Sanchez.

KATORSE: Best of IndieSine Shorts ‘08 (Special Screening)
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)


by Richard Legaspi

In Competition, International Panorama of Film and Video, Patras City Greece 2008
In Competition, NOUSSA International Film Festival, Greece 2008
Winner, Quisumbing Escandor Film Festival, Best Short Narrative 2008
Winner, Grand Prize, Viva-PBO Digitales, Philippines 2008
Official Selection, Asian Film Academy Fellows Night Screening, S. Korea 2007
Official Selection, CineManila International Film Festival 2007
Official Selection, Pyongyang International Film Festival 2008
In competition, 10th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Greece

A short film which 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.

by Ogi Sugatan

6th SHORTMOVES International Film Festival, GERMANY
Jakarta Slingshortfest (2006)
International Short Film Festival Detmold “FilmLichter06″

Gay lovers, Mario and Jose, experience the most joyful of mysteries.

by Grace Orbon

In Competition, 3rd Singapore Short Film Festival 2006

A young man’s journey into the world of writing.

by Anna Isabelle Matutina

3rd Best Short Film, 19th Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Bidyo 2007
In Competition, Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in France 2006
In Competition, Malescorto International Film Festival, Italy 2006
In Competition, 6th International Women’s Film Festival, Philippines 2006
Official Selection, Jakarta Slingshorts, Indonesia 2006
Official Selection, Cinemanila International Film Festival, Philippines 2005

Ika-Siyam na Palapag is the story of a young woman’s futile attempt to reach the father of her unborn child while she wrestles with the idea of abortion.

by Seymour Barros Sanchez

Grand Prize, Viva –PBO Digitales Short Film Competition 2007
In competition, 19th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video
In competition, 48th Bilbao Film Festival in Spain 2006
In exhibition, Internal Affairs 1, Jakarta Slingshortfest 2006
In exhibition, 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival 2006
In competition, 8th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video in Greece

Lababo is the story of a young woman and a crazy woman who both fell in love with the same American soldier.

by John Wong

Best Short Film, 2006 Cinemadali Short Film Competition
Official Selection, Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Bidyo

Manyika is a tale of talking teddies, an impatient miss, and a misunderstood lover.

by Seymour Barros Sanchez

Pagbugtaw tells the story of a city-bred man who remembered his father, a native of Guimaras, amid the prevalent water pollution, oil-driven US war against Iraq, series of oil price hikes and the largest oil spill in Philippine history. He wakes up from his apathy and decides to take action for good. The film forms part of the anthology Guimaras: Short Films from the Oil Spill.

by Anna Isabelle Matutina

A young man who sits alone in a café every Sunday morning suddenly finds himself strangely falling in love with a girl he doesn’t know. As he tries to get to know her, he is hindered by insecurity and fear of rejection, thus, prolonging the much-awaited introduction.
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Other Katorse shorts will also be screened in other short programs of the Cinemalaya festival:

BLOODBANK by Pam Miras and PANAGINIPAN by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Cinemalaya 2005 Shorts
16 July/Wed, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)

PUWANG by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Cinemalaya 2006 Shorts B
18 July/Fri, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)


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