Rafael Froilan's "Mananayaw" wins Cine Totoo Special Jury Prize

Out of the 11 competing documentaries at the Cine Totoo International Documentary Film Festival, “Mananayaw: A Documentary on the Male Ballet Dancer” was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Cine Totoo Awards Night held last October 4, 2014 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

“This recognition is a great honor, and was a complete surprise,” says Director Rafael Froilan. “Cine Totoo was an immensely valuable learning experience, and I salute my fellow filmmakers for coming up with creative and innovative documentaries, the likes of which have not been seen in the local film industry in a very long time.”

Audiences who missed the Cine Totoo Festival screenings will have many opportunities to watch the films in the coming months. Plans are being made to hold screenings in various venues, including schools. 

The participating films are Nef Luczon’s “Migkahi e si Amey te, Uli ki pad”, Nawruz Paguidopon’s “A Journey to Haifa”, Richard Legaspi’s “Ang Walang Kapagurang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta”, Keith Sicat’s “Komikero Chronicles”, Carla Ocampo’s “Walang Rape sa Bontok”, Ivy Universe Baldoza’s “Marciano”, Sigfried Barros-Sanchez’ “Ang Gitaristang Hindi Marunong Magskala”, Charliebebs Gohetia’s “Kung Giunsa Pagbuhat Ang Binisayang Chopsuey”, Ferdinand Balanag’s “Agbabalitok”, and Jan Tristan Pandy’s “Gusto nang Umuwi ni Joy”, which won the Cine Totoo Best Documentary and Audience’s Choice awards.

Directed by Rafael Froilan, “Mananayaw” features snippets of dancers behind the scenes, illustrating what it takes to become a male ballet dancer. Much is at stake during each performance, and although their careers are some of the most difficult to build, after a single misstep, it can all be over. 

“We chose to make a film on male ballet dancers because they rarely get the credit they deserve,” said Mananayaw writer Beatriz Antonia Carabeo. “When people think ‘ballet’, they think of a female ballerina. But what they don’t know is that it is the male dancer who makes these females shine.”

“Mananayaw” was produced for the Cine Totoo International Documentary Film Festival by a team of five filmmakers: director and editor Rafael Froilan, writer Beatriz Antonia Carabeo, co-writer/assistant director/production manager Mika Fabella, director of photography Chris Yuhico, and producer/creative consultant Patrick Gutierrez.

Cine Totoo is the 1st Philippine International Documentary Film Festival presented by GMA News TV Channel 11. The documentary filmmaking competition was opened to entries from interested filmmakers last December 2013. Just this August, the 11 documentaries that made it as finalists for the festival were announced. The selected films were screened in competition on September 24 to 30 in SM Megamall, SM Manila, and Trinoma Mall Cinemas, and the winners were announced at the Cine Totoo Awards Night held last October 4 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

I was really in awe after watching this documentary. It brings back a lot of memory when I was still part of Canossa Dance Company. I wish I can still dance modern contemporary until now. I miss performing on stage. If given a chance, I would really grab it.

It's true that you can make a career out of dancing but for a very limited time only. Once you get injured, your dancing career will surely deteriorate. That's why dancers always give their 100% while performing because they never know if they can still gracefully exert each steps and routines as they can as of today.

with Team Mananayaw
(L-R) Director Rafael Froilan, Cinematographer Chris Yuhico, Blogger Leo Kevin Mendiola,
PM and Assistant Director Mika Fabella,  Creative Consultant Patrick Gutierrez and
Writer Beatriz Antonia Carabeo

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