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“UTWAS” (Arise) Directed by Richard Salvadico and Kat Sumagaysay FILMMAKER PROFILE: Hailing from Iloilo, RICHARD SALVADICO and KAT SUMAGAYSAY both graduated at Central Philippine University. Richard graduated with a degree in Digital Media and Interactive Arts in 2018, while Arlie graduated with a degree in Mass Communication in 2019. The duo started their filmmaking career in 2018 and has been participating in both regional and national filmmaking competitions since then. Their first film “Dribol” won Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction in Gawad CineMaybank in 2018. Their film “Katungdanan” was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and was a finalist in Gawad Alternatibo in 2018. In 2019, their short film “Chok” was a finalist at SineKabataan (Year 3) and garnered the Audience Choice Award. In 2019 at the CineKasimanwa (Year 7), the film they produced “Utwas” won Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction; as well as their other film “Gulut-anon Nga Dulut” which won Best Screenplay and Best Music. Eventually, “Utwas” is now a finalist of 16th Cinemalaya. Over the years, Richard and Kat have done films on appreciation for indigenous people and environmental awareness. They are looking forward to do more. FILMMAKER’S STATEMENT: We have always overlooked nature, the mountains, the hills, the rivers and the oceans. We have never thought that perhaps, we really do co-exist and that what we do to the environment, affects us. This film presents a boy wanting to be one with the ocean but is unfortunately surrounded by those who destroy the ocean. We present a personified ocean who has his moods depending on how bad or good the people treat him. An ocean silenced by the loud explosion of dynamites, angered by his distraction and an ocean who parties in the middle of the night where no one watches, no one disturbs and distracts. “Utwas” (Arise) is a film about a boy who attains a deeper connection with the ocean as he learns to be one with it. #Utwas #Arise #Cinemalaya2020 #Cinemalaya2020ShortFilmFinalist

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