Short films are the way to go, now that the local film industry is at an all-time low. In fact, short films may very well be local cinema's saving grace. They cater to young people's shorter attention spans and drive home the message faster.
Big stars topbill short films,which have won honors for the Philippines in international competitions.
The "Kasambahay, Habambuhay" or "Companion in Life, for Life" short film anthology which will premiere tomorrow, June 10 at SM Megamall, capitalizes on this. It features 10 short films compiled in a 100-minute anthology to mark Nestle's centennial year.
Screenings on June 11 and 12, 11 a.m. at select SM Cinemas nationwide (Megamall Cinema 3, Southmall Cinema 6, Rosales Cinema 1, Davao Cinema 1 and Cebu Cinema 7) are open free to the public.
The stories are as varied as the stars and directors involved.
"Cooking Mo, Cooking Ko" is a comedic version of "Romeo and Juliet." Two families fight tooth and nail in the carinderia business until two star-crossed lovers turn everything upside down.
"Silup," with Sid Lucero in the title role, shows the sensitive side of a dedicated policeman which most people don't see.
"Isang Tasang Pangarap" is a comedic tribute to Nora Aunor's award-winning "Himala."
"Sali Salita" presents lessons on family love. "Unplugged" is a flashback to a simpler time, when celfones, laptops and other gadgets were never heard of.
Other short films in the anthology are "The Howl & the Fussyket," "Oh! Pa Ra Sa Ta U Wa Yeah!", "Downtown," "Tingala sa Baba" and "Sign Seeker."
Other stars who topbill the short films are Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia, Marvin Agustin, John Lloyd Cruz, Eugene Domingo, Solenn Heussaff, Kaye Abad and Jillian Ward.
The award-winning directors whose works are showcased are Chris Martinez, Raul Jorolan, Jun Reyes, Sid Maderazo, A/F Benaza, Jeorge Agcaoili, Stephen Ngo, Henry Freias and Carlo Directo.