An emerging filmmaker from Gigmoto, Catanduanes was recently shortlisted in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Student Short Film Competition.
Demetrio E. Celestino III, a graduating student and artist from Catanduanes State University, has bagged the feat with his stop-motion-animation short film ‘Tahanan’ entry qualifying as one of the Top 8 Finalists in the said competition.
Running for five minutes, his entry centers on issue of family separation told through the lens of a young green sea turtle.
A graphic artist and cartoonist at CSU’s student publication Statesman, Celestino started venturing on film making just this year using stop motion animation as his medium.
The Industrial Technology – Drafting student was also the first prize winner of the short film competition during the Linggo ng Kalikasan celebration sponsored by the provincial government of Catanduanes, in which he received 15,000 as cash prize.
Presently, he is on his internship at the Information Unit of the provincial government. He is also an active member of SurTe, a literary-advocacy group in the island.
The MMFF Student Short Film Competition, which started in 2016, is aimed to encourage students to harness their creativity and talents in storytelling through film making.
Other films that were shortlisted from 123 entries are: Balita (Centro Escolar University); Binibini 14. Beverly Lagdameo (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde); Dalawampung Pisong Pag-asa (St. Dominic College of Asia); Kasilyas (Bulacan State University); Padyak (Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc.); Paraiso (UP Diliman); and, Sasagot Ka Pa? (De La Salle – College of St. Benilde).
The Top 8 entries will be shown in cinemas together with the full-length official entries during the festival period from December 25, 2018 to January 7, 2019 and will be awarded prizes.
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