UMFF 2018 Highlights

Creativity is unleashed and proudly showcased every year as Umians gather for the University of Mindanao Film Fest, a celebration of storytelling, cinematography, and artistry.

This year is extra special as entries are also open to UM branch campuses outside of Davao, as well as the senior high school division.

The UMFF 2018 filmmakers were also treated to some professional and award-winning lessons on filmmaking by Bagani Fiola, whose entry to the 66th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany titled Baboy Halas: Wailings in the Forest; won the Special Newcomer Award.

With the theme “Sinugdanan” (Beginnings); the storylines chosen will revolve around the theme of starting anew, and what a roster of films it was indeed. From the romantic, to the tragic, the quirky, and everything in between, audiences were enthralled at what the 18 selected films had to offer.

The awards night last March 9 at the UM Matina Mini Auditorium proved exciting yet nerve-wracking, but despite the outcome, everyone surely had fun and received their due recognition.

Organized every year by the MEdIA organization of the Mass Communication program, the following are the awards and highlights last March 9:


Best Film

Beh Bulag Na Ta, Silver Lining Productions Directed by Earle Galindo


7 MEdIA Excellence Awards

Pagbalik, Pinkshades Productions Directed by Gabriel Doromal

Kontra, Misfits Productions Directed by Quoin Tag-at

Once Upon A Time in Davao City, Betamax Films, Directed by Conrad Dela Cruz

Summer of ’92, Infinifilm Productions Directed by Jeric Lumiguid

Pansit, Liwalas Productions Directed by Hameda Omar

Viral, Mix Productions Directed by Christine Marge Mangayao

Handuraw, ScreenJunks Productions Directed by Joana Paraiso


Best Director

Jeric Lumiguid, Summer of ’92, Infinifilm Productions


Best Picture

Pagbalik, PinkShades Productions, Directed by Gabriel Doromal

Photo courtesy of organizers.


Best Actor

Joshua Flores, Kontra, Misfits Productions


Best Actress

Fenilla Obeal, Gunita, Kalinawan Productions

Photo courtesy of Froilan Jake Obeal.


Best Supporting Actor

Vincent Vasquez, Pagbalik, Pinkshades Productions


Best Supporting Actress

Glycel Mae Embodo, Countdown, RBF Imagery


Best Editing

Conrad Dela Cruz, Once Upon A Time in Davao City, Betamax Films


Best Cinematography

Jesmar Molina, Pansit, Liwalas Productions


Best ScreenPlay

Beh Bulag Na Ta, Silver Linings Productions


Best Sound

Patianod, Snippets of the Quilt Productions


Best Musical Scoring

Pagbalik, Pinkshades Productions


Best Production Team

RBF Inagery, Countdown


Best Production Design

Summer of ’92, Infinifilm Films


Gawad Umiano Award

Paparts, Interval Films

Photo courtesy of organizers.


Jury’s Choice Award

Moments With You, T.A Productions


Best Trailer

Moments With You, T.A. Productions

Photo courtesy of organizers.


Best Poster

Shot, The Shy Kid Productions

Photo courtesy of organizers.


Best Synopsis

Once Upon A Time In Davao City, Betamax Films


People’s Choice Award

Pagbalik, Pinkshades Productions

Photo courtesy of organizers.


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