UE CFAD Short Documentary Wins in New York, Another Premieres in Mumbai

Two documentaries made by UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) students-turned-graduates are competing abroad this month, with one already emerging a winner.

The poster art for the award-winning documentary Yero by UE CFAD graduate John Lanbert Rafols

The poster art for the award-winning documentary Yero by UE CFAD graduate John Lanbert Rafols

The 13-minute documentary film Yero, directed by CFAD advertising arts graduate John Lanbert D. Rafols, was officially selected as one of the films in competition at the 21 Islands International Short Film Festival in New York, USA. The film narrates the life of two factory workers in a corrugated-iron recycling factory that is hidden from the public world. It reveals the harsh conditions inside the factory, as workers scavengers through metal scraps without safety tools or hazard protections for themselves. Mr. Rafols together with fellow UE CFAD graduates Jay M. Condeno and John Nico S. Nunag, documented the everyday life of these workers to convey their situation.

Yero is the lone representative of the Philippines selected for the third edition of the said festival in New York alongside films from 20 other countries. The festival took place from February 7 to 10, 2019, in the South Bronx, and was curated by filmmaker-media producer Melisa Ramos in partnership with Prime Latino Media, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers on the East Coast.

On February 12, 2019, it was confirmed that Yero won Best Short Documentary at the NY-based Festival.

UE CFAD graduate John Lanbert Rafols, director of the award-winning documentary Yero

UE CFAD graduate John Lanbert Rafols, director of the award-winning documentary Yero

Yero had been officially selected in 2018 as part of the 30th Cultural Center of the Philippines: Gawad Alternatibo festival and the 6th Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition in Compostela Valley. The 21 Islands International Short Film Festival is the first international film festival run of Yero and a great opportunity to start the year 2019.

Meanwhile, after the successful festival run of his animated film Maling Akala, UE CFAD graduate Elvin Jay E. Macanlalay has made the documentary How the Beasts Got Hyped, which focuses on the daily routine of “hypebeasts” in Manila. His new, live-action film is vying for the Best Documentary Award at the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival on February 20, 2019, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

UE CFAD graduate Elvin Jay Macanlalay, director of the documentary How the Beasts Got Hyped

UE CFAD graduate Elvin Jay Macanlalay, director of the documentary How the Beasts Got Hyped

The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival is India’s only independent international film festival, with a mission to celebrate cinema and the work of aspiring, young, independent and professional filmmakers around the world. The festival has sections for feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, music videos and ad films.

How the Beasts Got Hyped is a film by Elvin Jay Macanlalay, Bryan Benn A. Marticio and Marcelino C. Sanchez Jr., and is about people who are “beasts” (obsessed) about the “hype” (in fashion) and their mutual interest in street-style fashion, which creates a sense of community among its followers.

The poster art for the documentary How the Beasts Got Hyped by UE CFAD graduate Elvin Jay Macanlalay

The poster art for the documentary How the Beasts Got Hyped by UE CFAD graduate Elvin Jay Macanlalay

The film was previously selected as part of the 17th Hyperfest International Student Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania; the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition or Nabifilmex in Compostela Valley in Davao; and the 30th Gawad CCP Independent Film and Video Festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Mr. Rafols graduated from the UE CFAD in December 2018, while Mr. Condeno, Mr. Nunag, Mr. Macanlalay, Mr. Marticio and Mr. Sanchez graduated in April 2018. All are Bachelor of Arts, major in Advertising Arts, degree-holders except for Mr. Condeno, who is a Bachelor of Arts, major in Painting graduate.

Their documentary films are their respective final projects in the video production class of mentor Richard Soriano Legaspi, himself a UE CFAD graduate and award-winning writer-director.

Congratulations and kudos, Warrior Filmmakers!

(Report by John Lanbert Rafols)

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