BINISAYA Official Line Up

Press Release

Since 2012, BINISAYA hosts an annual short film competition. This year, over 60 short films were submitted from participants hailing from different parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, namely, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao. We are proud to announce the top 10 short films that have made it to the competition. The winner will be announced during the BINISAYA Film Festival this coming September.


1. “Ang Ikaduhang Pagbalik“ Jeffrie Po (Cagayan de Oro City) 26 mins

A man wearing a barong, holds some fliers, roams around the park, and begins to interact with people. He is a preacher who wishes to gain more followers of his church. He's been asking the people in the park to listen to the words of the lord. Then, the preacher approaches a lone, young man sitting on a bench.

He convinces the young man to join his church, and attend a ceremony the next day. This young man shows no interest. The next day, however, the young man decides to join the service and tries to find said church. During the ceremony, the preacher discusses about their faith in god to the devotees. As the ceremony ended, the preacher gives each one of them a gift. Later that night an assembly takes place.

2. “Sierra Madre” Jovanni Tinapay (Cebu) 14 mins

Kalipay, a young girl, searches for her grandfather's long lost ship in a conflict in between her family and the sea.

3. “No Seguir” NiƱo Tecson (Cebu) 1 min

Rizal writes his last farewell. He is soon interrupted by the knocks on his door.

4. “Pleasant Words” Bugz Saavedra (Cebu) 1 min 37 secs

This is a TV test card substitute where Rody-chan and friends talk pleasantly.

5. “Hilom” P.R. Patindol (Leyte) 14 mins

Twin brothers struggle with their identities amidst the quiet cruelty of a remote island.

6. “Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad” Jarell M. Serencio (Davao) 5 mins

An hour before the bomb explosion at Roxas Night Market, Davao City, two young brothers, Oliver (12) and Mac-Mac (9) went from one table to another to serenade the market goers. The money they earn is used for their day to day school allowances and also their means of helping their father who work as a masseur at the night market.

Few minutes later, Mac-Mac discovered that he lost some amount of money. The two brothers immediately traced their steps back hoping to find it. Oliver reassures Mac-Mac that he will help him look for the missing money and told him not to go anywhere until he comes back. Oliver went his way, while Mac-Mac patiently waits. Minutes ticked by and a loud explosion happened. Roxas Market turned into chaos but Mac-Mac was still waiting for his brother to return.

7. “Pagrara Sang Patipuron” Jean Claire Dy & Manuel Domes (Iloilo) 20 mins

Pagrara Sang Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity.

 The Nagpana community is home to weaving artists that traditionally make crafts (purses and bags) that answer to a saturated market of woven crafts. This circle of women weaving artists are going beyond the products the Aeta are known for, by weaving jewelry with designs inspired by their environment and the people they live with.

For these women, to weave from the center, to weave a circle, is to weave a life confronting realities of lack and insecurities brought about by poverty. With the help of two young artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of their design process in the hope of transcending their present realities. The Aeta are considered the first inhabitants of the Philippine archipelago, but they are also one of the most marginalized indigenous peoples in the country.

8. “Mga Bitin” Archie Manayon (Cebu) 8 mins

About Mouthbrooder Cichlids

9. “Sa Laing Kalibutan, Adunay Kita Karong Gabhiona” Ronnie Gamboa Jr. (Cebu) 12 mins

One of the many possibilities when we create a world made of joy, pain, unresolved feelings, memorable moments, and a few buckets of beer.

10. “Leonora Kilat” Mariya Lim (Cebu) 15 mins

With her movie star grandma dead and her favorite movie theater dying, Shirley's life mission is holding one last screening at the Colossus Theater of Philomena Singson's legendary film, Leonora Kilat.

There are also two other short film categories BINISAYA holds, which are the Shorts in Exhibition and the Asian Shorts 


1. “Mea Culpa” Rom Factolerin (Laguna) 23 mins

Anton, a rookie cop was assigned an unusual task of guarding a tortured captive criminal. Upon accepting the assignment, he is immediately plunged into the center of a drug related crime of embezzling three million pesos worth of drug money, thus the instruction of holding on the captive until verification of the location of the loot is on his hands.

In those fateful 72 hours of wait-and-see scenario both prisoner and guard discovers an unusual ephemeral sense of connection that both of them refuses to recognize. The negated odd feelings send them into oblivious past that either kills them both or suffer a discomfited feeling of guilt that will eventually destroys either of them any other way.

2. “Hindi Man Tayo Manalamin” Ronaldo S. Vivo, Jr. (Manila) 13 mins

This is a tale told in four parts. The story begins with an unreliable narrator's take on an urban legend about a fetus flushed down the toilet of a fast food restaurant, followed by a guide on how to effectively clean up a literal bloody mess. The remaining parts deal with the uncertainty in identifying the remains of a departed friend and a conversation between two absentee mourners about the art of death that ties everything together.

3. “Sore” Rodiell Veloso (Misamis Oriental) 15 mins

Two schoolboys' friendship is at test as they wait for an emergency appointment at a clinic.

4. “Saksi sa Binuwad na Asin” Ivan Zaldarriaga (Cebu) 24 mins

A group of young people living in the slums of Cebu embark on a film workshop that requires they document their own village, Sitio Kanipaan, and its inhabitants. This place, once the untouched seaside where water buffalo roamed, grew as informal settlers occupied and developed the land. Due to reclamation and nearby real-estate development the value of the land is rising and the villagers homes are insecure as they may be evicted anytime.

Urbanization spreads towards the rural, this film lets us hear the voices of the people who are witness to this transformation and who constantly adapt as each new wave of change approaches. All video footage and interviews are taken by the youth themselves who have chosen what they want to share with the outside world.

 5. “Aliens Ata” Karl Glenn L. Barit (Metro Manila) 7 mins

Dalawang magkapatid ang susubukang kayanin at intindihin ang pagkawala at pagkawalay ng mga magulang, titingala sila sa langit upang humanap ng mga kasagutan.

6. “Luding's Station” Samantha Solidum (Cebu) 7 mins

A sari-sari store owner helps a young man reunite with his first love.

7. “The Stevens” Karl Lucente (Cebu) 13 mins

Bert and Juna are not The Stevens.


1. “Gabul” Imam Syafi’i (Indonesia) 5 mins

About a police officer who issued his conscience for a small child.

2. “Oh-bey” Gloria Abigail Haryono (Indonesia) 6 mins

A flower named Beybi always curious about what does it feel like living outside the greenhouse, but she was told not to go outside. However she found out that the outside world was really fun.

3. “Nameless” Ruhul Robin Khan (Bangladesh) 13 mins

A shred film, anticipates the universal believe & the practice of human society; over the line of sex, gender & religion all people are a global community. It’s telling about global trepidation & the position of messy people.

To end with a symbolic representation of the relation between state and people. Where to endorse the power practice, the state provoked the people with vantage. In most of the cases the people cannot understand the exploitation of state, as the process of exploitation is in a downy mood.

4. “Calmara” Erinda Febriani (Indonesia) 19 mins

Calmara is the wife of Arjuna, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Little by little he has forgotten everything.

5. “Tradition” Lanka Bandaranayake (Sri Lanka) 11 mins

An old woman decorates a bride with the traditional Sri Lankan jewelry. She describes the symbolic meaning of each jewelry piece. Those meanings carry the girl to her past relationships and their deep scars. The bride’s ultimate destiny seems something illusive.

6. “If You Leave” Dodo Dayao (Philippines) 21 mins

Two amateur ghost hunters are hired to surveil an alleged haunted house. Nothing much happens. But just because you can’t see the patterns of strangeness, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there.