MANILA — The 2016 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition is still accepting audition for actors and actresses who are able to portray stellar or supporting roles for next year’s projects .p>Additional stories asking for casting calls are available at the CCP Film Broadcast and New Media Division at 832-1125 loc. 1704-1705 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Roxas Blvd, Pasay City.
There are still plenty of characters and roles needing to be filled up by qualified people of different setups in the chosen stories and scripts that have been chosen to be filmed or shot by next year.
For instance, “Mercury is Mine” by Jason Paul Laxamana is about a middle-aged woman about to close down her failing eatery at the foot of a mountain when a mysterious white teenager named Mercury appears and begs to work as a waiter in exchange of nothing but shelter.
The eatery begins to attract more customers. As different people try to offer Mercury better opportunities, the woman struggles to keep the white boy all to herself.
Applicant for the role of Mercury must be 100 per cent Caucasian (not mestizo) with light blonde hair;or if dark blonde, should be willing to be dye his hair.
He must pass off as 16-20 years old, speak English with an American accent, preferably Californian and a little of Filipino.
The shoot will take place in Pampanga.
”Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching” by Inna Salazar describes Ponching as a religious man who does petty crimes. He gets into a new venture, text scamming, thinking it will not really hurt anyone.
One day, his seemingly “innocent” text scam accidentally cons a recipient into thinking he is the bastard child of their late relative — who has a huge inheritance in his name.
Text scammer Ponching must be in his late 30s; someone who can look like a criminal but at the same time also has an endearing quality; religious; obedient to his mother.
Ponching’s best friend, Elmerson, is also a scammer in his 30s and like the former, manipulative, religious; and treats Ponching like a brother.
Nanay Pacing , Ponching’s overbearing mother; is a pro in different scams and illegal means of livelihood such as jueteng, 5/6, endings, lotteries, etc.
Lola Beatriz, Ponching’s supposed grandmother; the matriarch of the dela Vera family; is old fashioned, religious, strict
Arianna, the eldest sister is 58 years old; uptight, classy, dominant, always proper.
Ramon , Arianna’s husband is 61 years old – joker, jolly, tries to be the life of the party, but seemingly henpecked by his wife.
“Lucia, the second sister is 51 years old – quiet, reserved, conservative, but has the meanest temper when angry.
Jules, the third sister is 47 years old – a butch lesbian, seemingly Beatriz’ favorite, sarcastic, doesn’t take bullshit.
Ernie, the only brother is 45 years old, quiet, mysterious, only speaks when he has an opinion about things, doesn’t smile a lot
Tash, Ernie’s wife slightly old , tries (too hard sometimes) to be part of the family; always speaks English in spite of her flawed diction.
Macy, the youngest sister is 42 years old, happy-go-lucky, looks like she doesn’t have a plan in life, is not judgmental, has a Peter Pan syndrome, always trying to be one of the “kids.”
Bruce, Arianna and Ramon’s eldest son – 24 years old – a typical conyo kid who studied abroad; took up film in NY, and just wants to be “artsy” but feels he has to have an image to do so
Brooke ,Arianna and Ramon’s daughter is a 19 years old rebel who tries to “un-conyo” herself but always fails
Brie–Arianna and Ramon’s youngest daughter at 12 years old, a smart, sarcastic, good natured, thinks everyone in her family is crazy.
For “Pamliya Ordinaryo”by Eduardo Roy, Jr.,Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets.until fate hits back at them.
Jane Ordinaryo is a 15-year old married to Aries and had just given to their child. Light-brown skinned, slender bodies and with shoulder-length of hair.
Aries Ordinaryo is a 17-year old husband of Jane who is a thief on the road, fierce in looks, moreno, brusque and fast acting and cruel.
”Kusina” by Cenon Palomares and David Corpuz deals on the kitchen as the silent witness to the life and love of Juanita. It is her sanctuary, the place where she creates dishes for her family, her friends, even enemies and strangers.
Through cooking, she gets to know the people around her, and in return, reveal herself to them.
The characters are young Young Juanita, a six-to nine year old deadringer for movie actress Judy Ann Santos –Agoncillo.
When she turns pre-teen at 10 to 13 years old, the more she resembled her favorite actress.
Inang Leona portrays the 60 to 70 year old grandmother of Juanita. She speaks with a thick Bulakenyo accent.
Peles/Felix , the husband of Juanita is in his late 20s or early 30s, while Potenciano/Puten , the father of Juanita is in his late 30s to early 40s.
Alejandro, the friend of of Peles, is in his late 20s to early 30s also, happens to be in Juanita’s lover
Yolanda, a lawyer in her late 20s to early 30s is Juanita’s best friends. She is in her late 20s to early 30s.
Teresita, also between the ages of 20 to 30 is a housewifeand one of Juanita’s best friends.
There is also a six to nine, and 10 to 13 Teresita in her pre-teens.
There is an eight year old, and then 13 to 15 –year old teen Myrna and a 23-year old full-bloom daughter of Juanita.
Youngster five to seven-year old Adrian, who turned out to be 15-year old son of Juanita has a cameo role. And so with Roman, a 20 to 30-year old friend of Peles, Emilia—Juanita’s mom in her early 30s or 40s.
There are also four Japanese soldiers as extras and one Filipino interpreter, four Huk members, two of Myrna’s activist friends, two of her children, Teresita’s toddler son and her baby daughter.
”Lando At Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr. tells about a 40-year old high school dropout father disrespected by his teenage son. He tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only to make his son hate him even more.
Then an unexpected event changes everything. This movie will be shot entirely in Camiguin Island in the Visayas.
Lando is a handsome Filipino who has the makings of a playboy. He is not so intelligent but he has a very good physique which women admire.
He is a strong laborer so the actor should know how to speak Bisaya.
Bugoy is in his mid-teens (15 years old) as a high school student and the son of Lando. Just like his father, Bugoy is good-looking, popular with girls and persistent in his ways.
Then comes Ruth, a pretty 18-year old teenager and another 25-year old female who will be involved with the protagonists of the story.
“Tuos” by Derick Cabrido is the story of Elena who is chosen to be their village’s “Binukot”, or a maiden picked to be the fairest among the women in her village.
Confined inside her house, never allowed to go outside, she is chosen to keep the oral tradition alive, memorizing the chants and performing it.
She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Letty. When sanctity of the “tuos” becomes threatened that puts Letty in danger, Elena realized that she cannot just stand aside.
Elena finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of a tradition, which shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.
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