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Mapúan films roll in 19th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Mapúan films roll in 19th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Mapúan filmmakers have once again made a remarkable impact on the Philippine cinema scene as their films take center stage in the prestigious 19th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. This event serves as a platform to discover, encourage, and support the exceptional cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

Among the 192 submissions received, two outstanding films by Mapúa AB Digital Film student Daniel Magayon (Maudi Nga Arapaap) and alumna Mae Tanagon (Sota) have emerged as finalists in the festival’s highly competitive Short Film Category. This remarkable achievement underscores the exceptional talent nurtured within the university.

In another groundbreaking feat, Professor She Andes, a faculty member of Mapúa, has qualified for the Full-Length Category with her captivating documentary film Maria. This historic milestone makes Maria the first-ever full-length documentary to be included in the festival’s main competition. This achievement adds to Andes’ previous accomplishment in 2019 when she secured a finalist spot in the full-length category with her film “Pandanggo sa Hukay.” The film portrayed the inspiring story of a small-town midwife, skillfully portrayed by award-winning actress Iza Calzado.

Audiences can look forward to experiencing Andes’ remarkable work and other compelling entries from August 4 to 13, 2023, at the Philippine International Convention Center in the CCP Complex.

“We take pride in the works of our students, alumni, and faculty. These recognitions are a testament to the world-class quality of our AB Digital Film and Media Studies programs,” said Benigno B. Agapito, Jr., dean of Mapúa’s School of Media Studies.

Mapúa’s School of Media Studies houses cutting-edge programs that build aspiring media professionals for the world. Among its programs are AB Digital Film and AB Multimedia Arts, which has received the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance certification. This recognition further solidifies Mapúa’s dedication to providing the highest standard of education in media studies and nurturing the next generation of creative visionaries.

As Mapúa University continues to make significant strides in the field of filmmaking and media studies, the success of its students, alumni, and faculty members in the 19th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival serves as a testament to the institution’s unwavering commitment to excellence and its role in shaping the future of Philippine cinema.

Admissions for A.Y. 2023-2024 are ongoing. Learn more about Mapúa and its media studies programs at www.mapua.edu.ph


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