Sampung Sulyap 2017 features stories of change, fate
“[M]aking films shouldn’t be about winning awards, it should be about sending a message,” judge Jean Paolo Hernandez said on Saturday at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center Auditorium.
Last week, ten student films featuring stories of fate and change among the Thomasian community took part in Sampung Sulyap 2017.
Now on its sixth year, the brainchild of Becarios de Santo Tomas celebrates the Thomasian creative spirit by sharing inspiring stories through film.
Fidel, College of Fine Arts and Design Student Council’s entry, bagged the most awards: Best in Editing, Best in Musical Score, Best in Advocacy, Best in Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Storyline, People’s Choice Award, Student Leaders’ Choice Award, Special Citations Award and the esteemed Best Picture Award.
The film dramatized one of UST’s Manong Sorbeteros who had been a Medical Technologist, a doctor and Overseas Filipino Worker who had to come back home to his family later on.
Miguel Tolentino of Fidel and Chesca Hernandez of Dito Pa Rin won Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role while Miguel Broño of Dito Pa Rin and Mecca Vejerano of Hilahil won Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Justin Orcullo of Fidel, who won Best Directro shares that he wouldn’t have done it without his team.
When asked about Fidel’s creative process, the winning director said that time ”… is mostly sa plates talaga. Kasi meron kaming Saturday class so […] meron kaming one day,Sunday, at inuubos naming ‘dun lang (sa filming),”
“[S]a script pa lang nag-cracram kami. Kahit sobrang dami ng ginagawa, tapos sobrang ang gulo ng pangyayari, nagawa namin dahil sa production team at sa editing. Nagawa namin dahil sa team. [T]his is the best team I ever had.” Orcullo added.
When asked for an inspirational note for other filmmakers, the creators of Fidel simply said to try their best.
“’Yung mga sinabihan kayong ‘di kayo magaling tapos sinabihan (din) kayong magaling lang kayo dahil maganda camera niyo, wag kayo maniniwala ‘don. Nasa mata ‘yon at nasa imagination mo.”
CFAD Touchpoint’s Dito Pa Rin won 2nd Best Picture along with the Best in Social Media Campaign award. Hilahil of the College of Architecture’s Heritage Conservation Society won 3rd Best Picture.
This year’s judges are composed of Asst. Prof Eros Atalia, Mr. Frank Lloyd Mamaril, Mr. Cyrus Jay Valdez and the aforementioned Mr. Jean Paolo Hernandez.
With a total of 200 points, judges based their scoring on the criteria of relevance to theme, plot or script, cinematography, screenplay, editing, overall impression, advocacy and musical score. -Anna Larraine Rienton