Creative License

( Filipino short film Creative License was named Best Film at the US National 24-Hour Film Racing Tour 2010, reports ABS-CBN News. Directed by filmmaker and cinematographer Paolo Dy, the short also won Best Direction, Best Sound Design and the Audience Award. In the Brooklyn leg of the competition, Dy’s team took home Best Editing, Best Sound Design and the Audience Award.

Written and shot in 24 hours in New York, the film follows a “young Filipino immigrant struggling to make it in the big city.” The assigned theme was “Exaggeration” and the surprise element was pizza.

“(It) was inspired by conversations we had with Pinoy friends living in New York and elsewhere. Like most immigrants, they are very willing to give up certain luxuries and make sacrifices to build a life for themselves,” theater actress Cathy Azanza, who wrote the screenplay, said. “But, of course, their families back home worry. Out of love, they find that, at times, they have to get ‘creative’—just like the character played by Christopher (Fabregas) in the film—to stop their families from worrying.”

Dy said they chose to write the short in Filipino because they were “very conscious about making the film (tackle) what was close and real” to them. “At the heart of it, we just hoped we could tell a story people could relate to (with) a character people could feel for—no matter what language we used. More than a Filipino story, we hoped to tell a very human one.”

Dy and Azanza received a $4000 (around P170,000) cash prize, a one-year scholarship with the California-based Writers Boot Camp, and professional film and audio editing software from Sony Creative Software, reports Manila Bulletin.

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This story is quite familiar. I have known a lot of OFWs and I can say that this is what is really happening to them. People in the Philippines may see them as rich and (insert all synonyms of rich here), but that doesn’t mean that when they are abroad, they are having fabulous lives. I’ve heard so many stories of Filipinos struggling with their lives while living in a foreign country. It’s such a sad event that is really happening. A mirror of reality, I must say.

One commenter from wrote this:

We’re always winning filmfests abroad, so sad that most Pinoy movies shown commercially here are terrible. We have smart, creative and talented filmmakers but the majority of the audience here can’t get what they make. So we keep showing the same old idiotic formula movies. I can’t wait until things change but when? – jeremiah

Amen to that Sir!

Can we please see much better films in cinemas. I’m not talking about the visuals effects or sets, but the stories of the movies we produce in general. Please!



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