If you’re a fan of local cinema, your calendar is most probably booked until the end of the month. With Cinemalaya and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening this month, everyone’s delighted to see a new wave of filmmakers share their voices and stories with a larger market. It seems like the spirit of local filmmaking is being lifted by these young directors’ passion for the craft, allowing more voices to be heard from different parts of the country.
This is what director Victor Villanueva is pushing for. He started working in commercial productions before lending a hand in films such as Zombadings and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. He credits his friends and his passion for comedy as his inspiration in pursuing filmmaking. “There are times that as an artist you want to do something that people will watch and enjoy. It was tested when I did my first picture film in Cinema One Originals called My Paranormal Romance,” he recalls.