August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016

Cinemalaya honors the memory of the late Cinemalaya director Francis Xavier Pasion at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on August 5-14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. A multi-awarded film director and sought-after television director, Pasion won two Cinemalaya Best Awards in 2014 for Bwaya and in 2008 for Jay and the Special Jury Prize for Sampagita in 2010. Pasion passed away in March 2016.

The Pasion film retrospective will feature Sampaguita National Flower and Bakit Tinutuhog ang Sampaguita on August 10, 3:30 pm, Jay on August 11, 3:30 pm and Bwaya on August 12, 6:15 pm. All films will be screened at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

Francis Xavier E. Pasion was born in Manila, Philippines on February 8, 1978. He graduated Cum Laude, Major in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University where he founded the first film organization in the university: the Loyola Film Circle. He taught Independent Film at the Communication Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

His first feature film, Jay, bested the full length feature category of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2008. It also won Best Actor for Baron Geisler and Best Editing. It premiered at the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival and went on to be screened in over 30 international film festivals and won 6 international awards.

Sampaguita, National Flower, his second film, was selected at the Hong Kong Asian Financing Forum in 2009. In addition to winning the Special Jury Prize at Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, it participated in the New Currents Section at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival and was in competition in the Generation section of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.

His third feature-length film Bwaya was the first film to be shot entirely in the marshlands of Agusan del Sur, in Mindanao. Bwaya is the true-to-life story of a Manobo family who lose their daughter in a vicious crocodile attack. As the mother, Divina, searches for the body of her daughter in the marshlands of Agusan, she learns a lesson more tragic than her fate: not all predators are underwater.

Bwaya won topped 2014 Cinemalaya “for its melding of documentary and fictional filmmaking, its effective depiction of a community’s efforts to come to grips with the horrible death of a young girl from a crocodile attack, and its powerful evocation of the marshes of Agusan in Mindanao, a vast wilderness where man and beast seek to maintain an ecology of cohabitation.” It also won the NETPAC Award for Best Film in its category, Best Cinematography( Neil Daza) and Best Original Music Score (Erwin Fajardo).

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers. Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters — Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Ayala Center Cebu.