The graduating students of the AB Institute of Communication, Letran College launched Cinema Knights 2015 last Saturday, March 14 with a parade of stars in Intramuros.
Formerly known as “PelikuLetran”, Cinema Knights 2015 is one of the requirements for Letran College Communication Arts students taking advanced film course.
The event is now on its 7th year under the stewardship of Dean Louie Benedict Ignacio and Mr. Ricky Gonzales, Film Adviser. Mr. Gonzales was the creative Director for Over the Moon Productions and has made his mark in the field of advertising by producing television commercials. This year marks his first venture into video making and short film production advising.
The theme of this year’s Letran Film Festival is “Pinoy Ethos” , which is a portrayal of modern Filipino characteristics on film. Entries this season feature love for one’s family, for one’s self, for friends and strangers.
The titles and the directors for this school year ( in alphabetical order) include Balota Nga (Ian Santiago), The Cramming (Clarence Sampang), Last Two Minutes (Michelle Ababao), Lost Plate (Jehu Reyes), Message Sent (Jaf Salazar), Sabado (Ishna Salgados), and Selda (Alyssa Delfin).
These young filmmakers vie to become the next Giusseppe Bede “GB” Sampedro, an alumnus of high school batch 1992, and director of the top-grossing independent film ‘Astig.’ The film won four awards, including Best Director award at the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in 2009. GB Sampedro also received a Special Mention Citation in the 14th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea in October of the same year under the New Current section. GB Sampedro is currently directing tv commercials, live concerts and tv shows with TV5 network.
The parade was followed by a Premiere Night which was held at the Letran College SC Auditorium. The entries were screened in the following order: Message Sent, Last 2 Minutes, Sabado, Selda, Lost Plate, Balota Nga and The Cramming. Both events were attended by faculty and students of the AB Institute of Communication, members of various school organizations, the cast and crew and family members of the production teams.
Production Manager Ms. Marinela Ochoa, who was in charge of the promotion, parade, ticketing, scheduling and premiere, graciously accommodated iWeb.ph correspondent to interview the directors and to have a photo opportunity with the stars and crew of this film making event.