According to Ms. Bemz Benedito, Managing Director of MYNP, the aim of the film festival is to recognize the greatest woman in our life, our nanay. "We tell the students to explore, provoke interpret and capture images of how they express their love for their nanays.”
The contest is open to college students (in group or individuals) from La Consolacion College Manila (LCCM) and Philippine Women’s University (PWU) using only a camera phone.
The selection committee was composed of members of the academe and MYNP officers. From 12 semi-finalists, the committee came up with five final entries from LCCM and PWU.
The entries include: Ma. Chrisma Alberto’s “NaTay” which is about a grandfather who takes care of his grandchild after her mother died while giving birth; the film “Istorya ng Pagmamahal at Sakripisyo” by Ella May Arevalo, She Villate and Camille Castañas revolves around the story of a sick mother who shows her undying love for her son up to her last breath; Ma. Ana Elaiza Lardizabal’s “Lipstick” showcases a different look at being a mother; a mother’s love knows no boundaries that not even an iron wall can stop her from fulfilling her obligations to her children in the film “Rehas” by Mary Joy Bonapos and Cathrene Anne Joseph while their other entry, “Mama’s Girl”, tackles the unconditional love and devotion of a mother for her daughter.
The finalists were recently invited to attend an orientation program conducted by Gawad CCP awardee Direk Nick Olanka and Mr. Gorio Vicuña, an expert in high-end CG animation, live action production, and visual effects for film and television.
The deliberation of winners will be held on the 3rd week of September.
Indie and theater actor Arnold Reyes is the Festival Director of SineNanay.
Benedito shares that the film festival is a tribute to all mothers and a celebration of a child’s love for his/her mother.