Cinematografo Originals

Cinematografo Originals is a new project development initiative that provides co-production financing through pre-sales for the selected film projects, both narrative and documentary, and aims to foster, mentor, nurture new filmmaking talent from the Filipino diaspora.


Upcoming and released Cinematografo Original films

Anito Poster

Melanie Lim, USA, 2017, 15 min, English

Anito is a short film by filmmaker Melanie Lim. Synopsis: A young girl learns to let go of an old dresser that she believes is the house of an “anito” or a spirit, who she considers her friend. Her parents, now estranged, debate…

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Bitter Melon Poster

Bitter Melon
H.P. Mendoza, USA, 2017, 110 min, English

BITTER MELON is the third feature film from filmmaker H.P. Mendoza (Colma: The Musical, Fruit Fly, I Am a Ghost). It is the story of a Filipino-American family who reunites for a Christmas party at the family home in San Francisco only to find…

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Mirador Poster

Loy Arcenas, Philippines, 2017

In Production

Supermodel Poster

Bianca Catbagan, USA, 2017, 15 min, English

Supermodel is a short film by filmmaker Bianca Catbagan. She is also known to be the director of “Suntok sa buwan”. Trish, a teenage Filipina-American who grew up in New Jersey, discovers that her long-time crush…

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The Trade Poster

The Trade
Francis dela Torre, USA, 2017

In Production


Filmmakers that were chosen from the Cinematografo Originals annual competition