Hello guys! It’s been a while since I’ve said something here.
As y'all know, last week was Cinemalaya’s 10th anniversary in hosting a prestigious indie film festival here in the Philippines. And as they celebrate it, comes a whole new line of full-length new breed films, and director’s showcase films as well as short features.
The 1st poster attached along with this blogpost is one of the short films that belongs to a cluster of short films (Shorts A), Asan Si Lolo Mê? , a film directed by a UP graduate, Sari Estrada. I made this poster a while back while she was still doing her thesis in UP, and was surprised that it was one of the finalists for this year’s Cinemalaya; and finally, yesterday, it won the best short film.
I was lucky enough to have made two paintings/posters for two short films that were finalists for Cinemalaya X. One was entitled Mga Ligaw Na Paruparo, directed by J.E. Tiglao.(2nd poster).
Both were really really awesome films so props to the directors.
To have these two works hanged along the Cinemalaya poster gallery was already too much to handle. I was really freaking out to see these two beside each other so I took a “selfie”
And yesterday, a news came to me saying that one of these two made it to the top 3 best posters for this year’s Cinemalaya X, my poster for Sari’s film, Asan Si Lolo Mê?
I. WAS. FREAKING. OUT.
AND. I. STILL. AM. AT. THIS. VERY. MOMENT.
because it actually happened. My poster, a finalist and one of the top 3 best posters for Cinemalaya. I was too basic to handle the spaz. HAHAHA! I went rushing to my mom, ugly crying, telling her the news that I surprisingly made it as a finalist. Asintado got the prize for the best poster, but it didn’t matter because seeing my posters hanging on the walls of CCP is already something, and having one as a finalist is already gold for me.
As i’ve tweeted yesterday, it’s a milestone in my freelance painting hobb. And I would like to give my thanks to the directors for trusting me with their movie posters. Thank you so much, you guys. God bless your beautiful, colorful, and cinematic souls.