NAG-ANUNSIYO ang pamunuan ng TOFARM Film Festival na ang isa sa mga early entries sa filmfest, ang Isang Kuwento Ng Gubat (The Leonard Co Story) ay hindi na kasali sa naturang film festival.
Dahil sa conflict sa scheduling kaya minabuti ng mga tao sa likod nito, kabilang ang sumulat ng kuwento ng pelikula na si Rosalie Matillac na mag-withdraw na lamang.
Ang pumalit dito ay ang KAUYAGAN,” isang drama film tungkol sa Manobo tribe na isinulat at idinirehe ni Julienne Ilagan.
Narito ang buong statement ng TOFARM hinggil dito, “This is to officially announce that due to scheduling problems, the biopic ‘Isang Kuwento Ng Gubat’ (The Leonard Co Story) written by Rosalie Matilac had to formally withdraw as finalist of this year’s TOFARM Film Festival.
‘Its slot is now officially replaced by ‘KAUYAGAN,’ a Manobo tribal drama, written and to be directed by Julienne Ilagan (Ilagan Julienne). It is the story of a hesitant datu-presumptive and how he learns to rise up to become leader of his people.
“Julienne Ilagan was Best Short Film winner in the last Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival, for ‘Balot. Penoy. Asin.”
”Her other short film, ‘Saop,’ was also viewed by TOFARM Festival Director Bibeth Orteza and managing director Joey Romero, who both found her work “impressive” and “very promising, with a clear potential.”
The TOFARM Film Festival is headed by Executive Producer Dr. Milagros O. How; President of Universal Harvester, Inc. together with Festival Director Bibeth Orteza, Managing Director Joey Romero, TOFARM Committee Member Sonny Guingab, and TFF Supervising Producer Agnes Valencia.
The Selection Committee are composed of Raquel Villavicencio (chairperson), Krip Yuson, Director Antoinette Jadaone, Director Mario Cornejo, and veteran scriptwriter Manny Buising.
All the other six (6) finalists are still in for competition this year.
ni Rommel Gonzales