TOFARM Film Festival Now On Its Second Year Edition


Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI) lights up the silver screen witht the six and new original films to mark the second edition of the TOFARM Film Festival.

“We are very pleased toannounce that TOFARM Film Festival 2017 bears new fruits that affirm Filipino film making genuis,” says award-winner Maryo J. de los Reyes, TOFARM Film Festival director.

“These exciting new films aim to capture a greater audience with their commercial and mass appeal, not to mention the inclusion of young and veteran actors among the cast members,” he adds.

The six official entries were chosen from more than a hundred scripts submitted to the screening committe. Shortlisting the entries alone was no easy task as the number of entrants rose to 113 from 76 submitted last year.

“The figures alone are a sure sign that we achieved one of our goals during the previous TOFARM Film Festival, and that is to the elicit awareness and excitement among filmmakers to craft that reflect the life of Filipino farmers, ” de los Reyes observes.

BAKLAD official entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

HIGHTIDE official entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

The six films included in this year’s TOFARM Film Festival include Topel Lee’s “BAKLAD,” the coming of age story of a fish pen boy seeking to follow his dream; tara Illenberger’s “HIGHTIDE” a narrative film inspired by actual events happening in the country as a result of Climate Change; and Jason paul Laxamana’s “INSTALADO,” a science fiction drama set in a farming village a few years into the future.

Mccoy de Leon In “Instalado” Official Entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

“KAMUNGGAY” Official Entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

“SINANDOMENG” Official Entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

“WHAT HOME FEELS LIKE” Official Entry to the 2nd TOFARM Film Festival

Completing the list of entries are Vic Acedillo’s “KAMUNGGAY,” which essays how an old man came to terms with himself and the people around him all because of a small vegetable patch; Byron Bryant’s “SINANDOMENG,” a heartwarming comedy about a strong-willed woman who took farming in her own hands; and Joseph Abello’s “WHAT HOME FEELS LIKE,” a story of a seaman who struggled with his estranged relationship with his family after being away for many years.

With different genres and engaging story lines, the six films are expected to rouse the sensibilities of moviegoers and at the same time allow viewers to appreciate Filipino farmers.

Dr Milagros O. How, UHI Executive Vice President and TOFARM Advocate

“The TOFARM Film Festival is primarily a tribute to the hardworking farmers,” states UHI Executive Vice President and TOFARM Chief Advocate Dr. Milagros O. How. “Its our way to celebrate their lives in an unconventional yet artistic way.”

TOFARM Film Festival will have its thetrical run from July 12 to 18, while the highly anticipated Awards Night is slated on July 16.

TOFARM Film Festival 2017 is supported by Landbank, SM Cinemas, Gateway, Greenbelt, Cinematheque, UP Cinema, Net 25, Pinas FM 95.5, and Universal Harverter, Inc.

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