Pelikultura 2017: The CALABARZON Film Festival, held last March 6-10 in the University of the Phlippines Los Baños, awarded its film entries from filmmakers based in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. Alvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo’s Nakaw bagged eight awards at the Open Category including Best Film while Steven Paul Evangelio’s Processions bagged six for the Student Category. The short film Nakaw is set to screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner on May.

Pelikultura, the five-day film festival organized yearly by UPLB PelikuLAB, comprised of short film competitions, exhibitions, film workshops, and forums. This year, over 30 films were screened at the festival. Workshops were given by Babyruth Villarama (producing), Sue Prado (acting), Bagane Fiola (cinematography), Arnel Mardoquio (directing), and Lawrence Fajardo (editing). This year also saw an additional subcategory called #BuhayElbi that aimed to showcase two-minute films about life in Los Baños.

Here is the full list of winners of Pelikultura 2017:

OPEN CATEGORY

Best Film: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
Best Director: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
Best Performance: Mea Culpa (Raul Morit)
Best Screenplay: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
Best Cinematography: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
Best in Production Design: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
Best in Music: Wakas by Kenneth Carpio
Best Sound: Nakaw by ArvinBelarmino and Noel Escondo
Best Editing: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmin and Noel Escondo
Audience Choice: Mea Culpa by Romeo Factolerin
Jury Prize: Nakaw by Arvin Belarmno and Noel Escondo (Ensemble Acting)

STUDENT CATEGORY

Best Film: Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio
Best Director: Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio
Best Performance: Processions (Ensemble: Via Fernandez, Kat Catalan, Kaye Banag, Patche Cruz)
Best Screenplay: Aki Ning Parasira by Julie Ann Echano
Best Cinematography: Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio
Best in Production Design: Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio
Best in Music: Rosas by Mary Ann Gudito
Best Sound: Aki Ning Prasira by Julie Ann Echano
Best Editing: Processions by Steven Paul Evangelio
Audience Choice: Rosas by Mary Ann Gudito, Tinig by Fatima Mae Banaag
Jury Prize: Nandito Naman Tayo Para Sa Isa’t Isa Diba? by Gilib Baldoza
Special Citation: Rosas by Mary Ann Gudito, Tinig by Fatima Mae Banaag

#BUHAYELBI CATEGORY

Best Film: Boy Dyaryo by Mac Andre Arboleda

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