During the past few years, the Philippines has become known for indie films that have garnered honors in prestigious film festivals around the world, including Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay, which won for him the Best Director award in the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.

With growing popularity of indie films by a new breed of film directors, SM Cinema aims to bring this genre to the mainstream with the launching of Big Shot, a search for the best young independent filmmakers in the country.

Big Shot is open to all aspiring student filmmakers from any reputable college or university.  Participants will each produce a short film or full- length movie about modern day heroism with the help of renowned mentors. These can be submitted from June 15 to August 15, 2010.

SM Cinema will then choose the top three movies, awarding P500,000 each to the winning filmmakers.  SM Cinema will show these movies during the Indie Film Festival on January 2011, right after the Manila Film Festival.

(From Left to Right) Apogee Production Assistant Albert Almendralejo, San Beda Rector Fr. Aloysius Maranan, Benigno Aquino Foundation Executive Director Rapa Lopa, and SM Cinema Sales and Marketing Head Allan Florendo at the Bakal Boys and Big Shot Launch.

The Big Shot competition was launched during the special screening of Bakal Boys, an indie film about children metal divers recently at Centerstage. San Beda College Rector Fr. Aloysius Maranan, Apogee Productions’ Albert Almendralejo, and Rapa Lopa of the Aquino Foundation graced the special screening.  In his speech, Mr. Lopa emphasized the role of cinemas as innovative venues for social awareness.

Big Shot is one of the many exciting events of SM Cinema.  Log on to SM Cinema for more details.
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