UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication proudly announces its first tie up with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through the public screening of the student films of the Broadcast Communication 130 class AY 2013-2014. The free screening entitled “FROM ILI TO CITY” runs from March 18 to 21, 10am at Cinematheque Baguio. Final screening will be on March 22 at 5:30pm.

The students formed three production teams and were able to produce three 25-minute short films using elements of non-fiction to create narratives that reflect social reality in modern day Baguio City and Benguet. The short films are: Out of FocusEroplanong Papel and Paano Isisigaw ang Isang Bulong?

Last February 15 and 16, BC 130 students successfully conducted a similar screening at Cinematheque Baguio featuring six short documentaries about common individuals whose status, means of livelihood and public image have become the trademark of contemporary life in Baguio City and Benguet. Grouped into six production teams, the students were able to come up with real stories about a Benguet miner, a young pony boy, a folk singer, a young Cordilleran student, a Burnham Park photographer and a vegetable farmer/dealer/vendor.

“The six short documentaries served as research materials from where the students were asked to extract the strongest element that can be used as character sketch and working storyline for their final film output,” says class adviser Dennis V. Gutierrez.

The screening is supervised by Mr. Michael Angelo Zarate of the FDCP-Cinematheque Baguio Marketing and Operations.

Eroplanong Papel

by Sikan Productions

Total running time: 23:07

In the middle of living his life in the fast lane, Jeff receives news from his childhood friend and confidant Edmund that his father just passed away. Being the only son, he is expected to give his father a proper burial. Caught in a web of memories, he makes his journey to the past as he returns to Itogon and remembers why he left in the first place. “Eroplanong Papel” is a touching story of finding reasons to forgive and learning to look back.                                                   

Out of Focus

by Ragsak Studios

Total running time: 24:59

Lia is a strong-willed and highly-opinionated teenager who leaves the countryside to study college in Baguio City. Raised by her grandmother, she respects tradition and rituals as if it were her bible. Guided by her father, she explores the city and witnesses how change can bring out both the good and the bad in people. Torn between her past and the promise of tomorrow, “Out of Focus” is a heartbreaking story of letting go and moving on. 

Paano Isisigaw ang Isang Bulong?

by Bigkis Productions

Total running time: 25:08

Dan is a cultural worker who selflessly shares to the young generation his passion for traditional arts. Ian is an acoustic singer who shares to his audience his passion for music. Dan and Ian are both happy and content living their dream life as a couple – until Dan’s parents pay him an unexpected visit. “Paano Isisigaw ang Isang Bulong?”is a timely story that teaches you to speak out and listen in return.

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