The movie entries for the ToFarm film festival 2018
MANILA, Philippines – The official selection for ToFarm 2018 has been revealed. Festival director Bibeth Orteza, along with members of the selection committee headed by Raquel Villaviciencio, announced the 7 entries that made it to this year’s list.
Dubbed as the only advocacy-driven film festival in the country, ToFarm aims to “showcase the lives, journeys, trials, and triumphs of the Filipino farmer.”
Out of 119 entries, 7 stories of diverse genres were selected for film adaptation. Each entry will be given P1.5 million seed money to help produce the film.
Check out the 7 finalists with synopsis as provided by the film festival:
Genre: Historical drama
Written and directed by Hubert Tibi
Synopsis: A group of farmers in Bicol are at the mercy of Don Pepe, a strict landlord. Twenty-year-old Lucio, the son of a former member of the Hukbalahap, pins hopes on the arrival of President Ramon Magsaysay in their area for genuine land reform to take place.
Genre: Science Fiction
Written and directed by Keith Sicat
Synopsis: Set in futuristic Philippines where specific sections of the country are under individual bio-domes. The OFWs actually mean Outerspace Filipino Workers in the movie and the song "Bahay Kubo" is a distant memory that makes a young boy ask, “Ano ang singkamas (What is a jicama)?"
Genre: Period Romance
Written by Charlson Ong
Synopsis: Based on the classic Philippine short story Tanabata’s Wife, this film set in the 1920s will also feature a Japanese actor. Tanabata-san is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Baguio, where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens. Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand, and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son, but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of the Baguio that is now taking shape, and to someone else.
Isang Kuwento ng Gubat (The Leonard Co Story)
Written by Rosalie Matilac and directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
Synopsis: A homage to the great Filipino botanist who was slain together with a guide and forest ranger in the forest of Kananga, Leyte. Government troops claimed they were caught in a crossfire between the military and the NPA, but two of the survivors said there was no gunfight and that they were apparently mistaken for communist rebels.
Genre: Cultural drama
Written and directed by Eduardo Roy Jr
Synopsis: Living in Sagada, Lola Igna is 115 years old. Will she make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person and become a tourist attraction to benefit the farming community close to the cliff of the hanging coffins? What will her success or failure do to the warring factions of her immediate family?
Mga Anak Ng Kamote
Genre: Futuristic drama
Written by John Carlo Pacala and directed by Carlo Catu
Synopsis: Set in the Philippines, 2052, the planting of kamote (sweet potatoes) has been outlawed and those caught planting and selling kamote are put in jail, no thanks to the Kamote Planting Regulation Act.
Genre: Dark Comedy
Written and directed by Roman Perez Jr
Synopsis: Teacher Sol is dead and cannot be buried because there are no funds. How will the community come forward to put her to rest, this strict and no-nonsense teacher of grade school students and farmers who need to be taught scientific farming methods?
ToFarm Film Festival 2018 will run from September 12-19 in selected cinemas. – Rappler.com
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