Indie film Nakaw to represent the Philippines to Cannes

Another milestone in the Philippine film industry as indie film Nakaw will represent the country at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner.

Filipino filmmakers Alvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo’s 7-minute short film was chosen to be showcased together with other Filipino short films such as Ayo-Ayo, Blood and Ink, and Love Remembers.

I had a chance to watch the film last April 26 during the thanksgiving dinner of Nakaw team. It tells a story of a boy and a series of life-changing events he triggers when he steals a purse. When I saw Nakaw, I like the way they showed what’s happening in our society today.

Through the help of friend and various film patrons, they were able to gather funds to support their Cannes contingent. Among their sponsors are Quezon City Government, Embassy of France to the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes De Manila, Statement Productions. Got Heart Foundation, The Idea First Company, Smart Communications, Rau Atelier De Manila, R2Buds Nails Spa, Chemworld Fragrance Factory, Getz Bros. Philippines, Ripple Events, and Aqueous Entertainment.

Last October 22, Nakaw officially premiered during the Instituto Cervantes de Manila’s Pelikula: 15th Spanish Film Festival. The said short film starred by Kristofer King, Frank Ferguson, Angelo Gammad, Duke San Juan, and Sheika Aljunaibi.

While the film will be having screenings from May 22-28 for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Nakaw will also have a special screening at Sailes Palais F on May 24, 2017, 4 pm.

Team Nakaw will be joining at the Cannes Film Festival Philippine Booth from May 17-28, and also during the Philippine Night at the Philippine Pavillion on May 23, 2017.

They will also meet with various foreign film producers and distributors for a special Cloud 21 Panel at Eden Hotel on May 22, 10 am.

Nakaw was produced by Buzz Productions, Patsy Ferrer’s Cut+Print Productions, in cooperation with Cine Marcelline, Halikon Films, Mober, and GFilmRental.