The Cinemalaya Kid’s Treats programme hones in on Cinemalaya films that has for a younger demographic. Not so much safe as it is appropriate, if you will, meaning that it doesn’t sacrifice depth and vision for what it gains in broader appeal.
There’s a raft of intriguing shorts in this year’s Kid Treats divided into six separate programmes: Hubert Tibi’s Maikling Kwento, Anna Bigornia’s My Pet, Rommel Tolentino’s “P” and Andong and Blogog, Jeck Cogama’s Putot, Nico Hernandez’ Tatang, Steven Flor’s Breakfast with Lolo, Vic Acedillo’s Diamante Sa langit and Toni, Hubert Tibi’s Si Bok At Ang Trumpo, Parang Pelikula and May Pinhod On Ya Scooter, Ariel Reyes’ Ugat Sa Lupa, Sheron Dayoc’s Angan Angan and Trails of Water, Joey Agbayani’s Lola , Emman De La Cruz’ Gabon, Pam Miras’ Wag Kang Titingin and Alvin Yapan’s Rolyo.
And rounding it off are four features: Paul Sta. Ana & Dan Villegas’ Mayohan, Francis Xavier Pasion’s Sampaguita, Gil Portes’ Two Funerals and Jay Altajeros’ Pink Halo Halo.
All-ages by no means has to equate unchallenging, boring, mediocre. If nothing else, that’s the attitude that prevails behind Kid’s Treats. And that no one’s too young for cinema.
Rolyo has the eerie quality of a lovely dream that’s just slightly out of step. I’m still not sure if what Alvin here is an elegy to cinema or a valentine to its doggedness in the face of the changes that beset it, but I’m haunted enough to want to keep scratching the mystery.(Dodo Dayao)
On Breakfast with Lolo:
The title of Breakfast with Lolo is a spoiler as that’s what happens in this short film. That’s the only thing that happens, really. There’s a tense moment near the end where you might double back in a panic to make sure you didn’t walk into an overlong Pancake House commercial by mistake. It’s sweet and has a good heart and it means well. It is also crap.(Dodo Dayao)
Header image from Breakfast with Lolo