For too long, short films have remained the forgotten art form; a consistently underrated medium that has never been given the exposure it demands. Even with the emerging popularity of independent films in the Philippines, short films are still seen as “front acts” for full-length features or “sidebars” at local film festivals.

The Katorse Writers’ Group, a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop, addresses this problem by coming up with a full program of short films to be screened at Robinson’s Galleria Indie Sine.

On June 11-17, KATORSE SHORTS will showcase 7 short films with themes ranging from the romantic to the absurd to the tragic – a program that is meant to bring to the consciousness of Filipino audiences the short film as a form that can hold its own.

Katorse shorts line-up:

Ang Kapalaran ni Virgin Mario by Ogi Sugatan
Ambulancia by Richard Legaspi
Manyika by John Wong
Puwang by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Dead Letter by Grace Orbon
Lababo by Seymour Barros Sanchez
Walong Linggo by Anna Isabelle Matutina

For more info: email a_isabelle78@yahoo.com

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19 thoughts on “KATORSE SHORTS

  1. Dear Friend of Cork Film Festival,

    We are still accepting film entries in all categories: short films, features, documentaries, new media and all genres including live action, experimental, and animation.

    We would be happy to receive any new work you have. Our application is online until the end of this month and submissions are being taken at http://www.corkfilmfest.org.

    International entry deadline is June 28th and we look forward to receiving your entry. There is no entry fee to our festival and please take note of our regulations when filling out the form.

    With best regards,

    53rd CORONA CORK FILM FESTIVAL: 12th to 19th OCTOBER 2008

    Corona Cork Film Festival, Emmet House, Emmet Place,
    Cork, Ireland
    (note no postcode required)
    Tel: + 353 21 4271711 ~ Fax: +353 21 4275945 ~


    We are glad to announce the entries call for the international competition of the 12th International Short Film Festival Winterthur and would like to invite you to participate. Winterthur is the biggest short film festival in Switzerland and a significant platform for both national and international short films. The international competition is open to films of all genres produced within the last two years and which are no longer than 25 minutes.

    An international jury awards the following prizes:
    Main prize worth CHF 12’000 (ca. Euro 7’300) for the best film in the international competition,
    Promotion Award CHF 10’000 (ca. Euro 6’100) for the best achievement in directing
    Special Award CHF 8’000 (ca. Euro 4’900) for the best Swiss short film.
    The Audience Award CHF 8’000 (ca. Euro 4’900) is selected by the audience.

    Please submit your film as early as possible! There are two ways to submit your film:

    Either you send us the preview copy on VHS/DVD by mail and fill in an online entry form on http://www.kurzfilmtage.ch where you also find all information about the festival and the competition. The application deadline is 31 July 2008 (postmark)

    Or you upload the preview copy digitally over the internet via our submission partner http://www.reelport.com and fill in the entry form there. Attention: Applications via reelport are only possible until 30 June 2008!

    For any further questions please write to reto.buehler@kurzfilmtage.ch. We are looking forward to a lot of great films and would like to thank you in advance for your participation.

    With kindest regards


  3. hi paolo.

    we are hoping the proceeds from the screenings will be enough to produce another short film dvd compilation and to send the films to festivals abroad. announcements will be made here if a film makes it to a festival.

    about having the films available online, it greatly depends on the filmmaker. generally, we want our films viewed in cinemas for the complete cinematic experience even though these films were shot on video.

    i (anna isabelle) however, would want my films online after about 2 or 3 years maybe of tryng to get screenings in festivals for the sake of reaching more audiences. i’ve started uploading online the group’s participation in the human rights campaign called RIGHTS – a series of public service ads about the current human rights situation (please visit: http://annaisabelle.wordpress.com/2008/04/12/rights-volume-i-2/). i’m stll studying how i can upload longer works and will upload my old films when i find the time. you may check my channel at youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/isabellematutina) once i have. in the meantime, we’ll also keep everyone updated about our dvd release.

    thanks for supporting Filipino films!

  4. Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

    The next edition of our festival will take place in March 2009 and we are now starting the selection. We are very interested in your films. We would like to submit them to our committee. Could it be possible to receive some screeners?

    Thanks a lot in advance,

    Have a nice week

    Warm regards

    Anne Delsteh
    Fribourg International Filmfestival

  5. Hope to see more films like this one, i really appreciate and extremely happy to experienced watching short films which i never did before.

    Congratulations to all the directors! especially to you Richard Legaspi, i hope to see more of your films and for Ambulancia, more international laurels.



  6. Katorse Shorts more power!

    The genuine art and science of telling a story…

    6 Filmmakers, 7 short films in one unforgettable screening.

    Each films manifested diverse issues, like Ambulancia.
    The film will give you an idea about the current state of healthcare institution in the country and the old Filipino belief. I love the irony in this film as well as the concept.

    While “Lababo” is an eye opener for me, students should watch this magnum opus.

    “Dead Letter”, reminds me of my struggle way back 90’s.

    Honestly I’m teary eyed yesterday while watching Puwang; A truly “moving” film with its own simplicity.

    Young FILM MAKERS goodluck!

  7. Thank you so much JJ for your support and taking time out to watch these films. Your words of encouragement are enough for us and many other independent filmmakers to continue making films.

    Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pinoy!

  8. I just want to congrats all the directors of Katorse Shorts! Well, I salute you guys for creating this kind of screening at robinsons.

    I hope your group can also organize a larger screening or should i say, festival for short films produced by budding filmmakers.

    Long live short films!

  9. Thanks Jear!

    We hope you enjoyed the films! Hopefully, more Filipinos would go out and watch short films and that filmmakers would continue to make short films.

  10. Dear friends at Red Room Productions,

    Thank you for your interest in submitting your films to JiFFest.

    You may wish to submit a completed film entry submission form to us for administrative purposes, along with the films to our address below. You may wish to visit our website at http://www.jiffest.org/ for the forms.


    10th Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest)
    December 5-14, 2008

    Jl. Sutan Syahrir I C Blok 3-4
    Jakarta 10350
    P: +62 (0) 21 319 25115
    F: +62 (0) 21 319 25360

  11. Dear Mr. Seymour Barros Sanchez,

    Welcome to the 6th Matsalu International Nature Film Festival 2008 !

    Hereby we inform that we have received your video/DVD:

    “Bodong,” “Lababo,” “Pagbugtaw“

    with all the documents required by the entry form. Thank you!

    For more information please visit the web site http://www.matsalufilm.ee.

    We will contact you after the forescreening and let you know if you’ve been selected.

    With best regards,

    Tiit Mesila
    Festival Director

  12. Liebe/r Filmemacher/in / Verleih / Produzent/in,

    herzlichen Dank für Ihr Interesse an unserem Festival und für die Einreichung Ihres Films beim 22. Internationalen filmfest Braunschweig (4. bis 9. November 2008).

    Falls wir Ihren Film ins Programm aufnehmen, werden wir uns bis zum 26. September wieder mit Ihnen in Verbindung setzen.

    Sollten Sie bis zum 15. Oktober 2008 keine Antwort von uns erhalten haben, so ist Ihr Film leider nicht für das diesjährige Programm ausgewählt worden. Bitte haben Sie in diesem Fall dafür Verständnis, dass es uns wegen des großen Aufwandes nicht möglich ist, für jeden eingesandten Film eine gesonderte Benachrichtigung zu versenden.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
    das Festival-Team

    Dear film maker / producer / distributor,

    we are glad to confirm that we received a screener of your film.
    Thank you very much for your submission and your interest in joining our festival!

    In case of selection we will come back to you until September 26, 2008.

    Please note: If you do not receive a response by October 15, 2008 the latest we regret that your film has not been accepted. We are very sorry that we can not respond personally to every submission.

    Yours sincerely,
    the festival team
    22. Internationales filmfest Braunschweig (4. – 9. Nov. 2008)
    Hochstraße 21
    D-38102 Braunschweig

    fon +49-(0)531-75597
    fax +49-(0)531-75523

  13. Hi! We’re a webTV company based in the Philippines (www.netvision.com.ph). We feature pay-per-view Pinoy movies and TV shows as well as live stream PBA games over the Internet. To date we have amassed over 1,000 videos and reached over 49,000 registered members.

    We would like to tie-up with Katorse, and offer your movies in our website via a pay-per-view model, with revenue sharing for both parties. This would certainly broaden Cinemalaya’s reach and make Filipinos all over the world more aware of Filipino independent films and artists.

    Please email me at csconcio@netvision.ph for any questions. I can email a formal proposal for your review.

  14. Good day!

    We are pleased to inform you that HINGALO (Breathless) by Anna Isabelle Matutina, KINULAYANG KITI (Hand-Painted Feathers) by Richard Soriano Legaspi, and WAG KANG TITINGIN (Don’t Look) by Pam Miras made it to the program of the AGITPROP International Film Festival on People’s Struggles.

    We really appreciate your effort in submitting, and thereby supporting the AGITPROP initiative.

    Please do email us graphics – screenshots, posters, etc. – for promotional purposes.

    We will send you again updates on the festival.

    Thank you.

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