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Carlo Catu 2016

Photo taken by Niccolo Cosme

Biography

Carlo Enciso Catu is a 22 year-old Kapampangan filmmaker, theater actor, writer and director born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines on September 26, 1993. He was once hailed as the Kapampangan Writer of the Year in HAU’s Gawad Digmaang Rosas back in 2010. He was also a fellow in the university’s The Angelite’s Pamiyabe writing workshops on 2010 and an all star guest on 2014.

He worked as a professional theater actor under the direction of Isabelo Bicong del Rosario from year 2012 to year 2014 and eventually wrote and directed children’s theater plays such as Barbie Live in Fairytopia and Atin Cu Pung Singsing.

The first short film that he wrote and directed Lakbe (Wander) had immediately given him his first Best Screenplay and Best Director awards from Cinekabalen Kapampangan Film Festival (CKFF) 2012; it was also that year’s 2nd Best Film. It was then followed by his Matwang Dalaga (Old Maid), which competed up to the Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013 after winning Best Cinematography and the Kapampangan Cultural Award at the CKFF of the same year.

However, it was his third short film Mis Da Ka (I Miss You), CKFF’s 2014 Best Film, Best Director and Singkuwento International Film Festival’s First Honorable Mention short film award that gave him his ticket to his yet biggest achievement in his film career, Ari (My Life with A King); it was his directorial debut film that made him win his first two international best director awards, the Best Debut Film Director award at the All Lights India International Film Festival 2015 and the Best New Talented Director award at the London International Filmmakers Film Festival 2016.

He was also nominated for best director award for this year’s 39th Gawad Urian, the Philippines’ most prestigious film award giving body. His co-nominees were Ralston Jover, Jerrold Tarog, Brilliante Mendoza, Jun Lana, Erik Matti, Lawrence Fajardo, Zig Dulay, Mario Cornejo and Kidlat Tahimik. He was by far the youngest director to be nominated in this said category. And just last month, Carlo graduated from Director Jun Lana’s Cinepanulat: Ang Screenwriting Lab ni Jun Lana where he won one of the Best Screenplay awards for his screenplay project Lila Ing Cule Da (Lilac).

At present he is on the post-production of his second full-length film that he wrote and directed, Reinas de Bale Matwa (The Queens of Bale Matua) and is working on his latest children’s theater project with the Nayong Pilipino, the Philippines’ national park.

 

Filmography

REINAS DE BALE MATUA (THE QUEENS OF BALE MATUA)
Director and Screenwriter

LILA ING CULE DA (LILAC)
Screenwriter

Awards and Recognitions:

  • CINEPANULAT: Ang Screenwriting Lab ni Jun Lana
    Best Screenplay

LAUT
Screenwriter

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 3rd World Premieres Film Festival
    Special Jury Price (ASEAN Skies)
  • 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival, Portugal
    Special Jury Mention (Director’s Week Section)
    Best Actress Award
  • International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, London
    Official Selection

ARI (MY LIFE WITH A KING)
Director

Awards and Recognitions:

  • 39th Gawad Urian
    Best Screenplay
    Best Music
  • London Festival of World Cinema
    Best New Talented Director Award
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival
    Bronze Remi Award
  • All Lights India International Film Festival
    Best Debut Feature Film/Director Award
  • Harlem International Film Festival, New York
    Best World Film Award
  • Metro Manila Film Festival
    Best Film Award (New Wave Category)
    Manila Bulletin Best Feature Film Award
    Best Screenplay Award
    Best Actor Award
  • Gawad Pasado, Philippines
    Paggamit ng Wika at Kamalayang Pangkultura Award
  • Ani ng Dangal
    Film and Director Awardee
  • Manila Bulletin Indie Bravo, Philippines
    Film/Director Awardee
  • International Filmmakers Festival (IFF) France 2016
    Official Selection
  • 14th Dhaka International Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection
  • Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 2015
    Official Selection
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2015
    Official Selection

MIS DA KA (I MISS YOU)
Director and Screenwriter

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Singkuwento International Film Festival 2015
    First Honorable Short Film Award
    Best Supporting Actress Award
  • CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival 2014
    Best Short Film Award
    Best Director Award
    Best Actress Award

MATWANG DALAGA (OLD MAID)
Director and Screenwriter

Awards and Recognitions:

  • CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival 2013
 Best Kapampangan Cultural Award
    Best Cinematography Award
  • Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013
    Official Selection

LAKBE (WANDER)
Director and Screenwriter

Awards and Recognitions:

  • CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival 2012
    Second Best Short Film Award
    Best Screenplay Award
    Best Director Award

 

Demo Reel


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CineKabalen Film Festival 2014

Guys! May himala! At hindi natutulog ang Panginoon! Haha! Ok. Distribution na ng sobreng puti ang patutunguhan ng intro ng post ko eh. Huwag mag-alala hindi po ako manghihingi ng donations. Kaya continue reading lang.. Ibabalita ko lang ang magandang kinalabasan ng recently concluded Cinekabalen Film Festival 2014 na sinalihan ng ating film na “Mis Da Ka”. Hihi hanggang ngayon kilig at mangha parin ang nararamdaman ko dahil nabingwit natin ang… (drumrolls please)

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Best Direction, Best Film at Best Actress Trophies

  • Best Direction
  • Best Actress (Ms. Leo Sarmiento) at;
  • BEST FILM!!!

Hindi kayo nagkamali ng basa at hindi ako nagkamali ng type! Sa wakas nakuha din natin ang pinaka mataas na rekognisyon sa patimpalak na tatlong taon na nating sinasalihan mula sa mga pelikulang: Lakbe (Wander)  https://kaloytoots.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/lakbe-wander/ , Matwang Dalaga (Old Maid) https://kaloytoots.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/cinekabalen-the-second-time-around/ at eto nga ang BEST FILM ng CineKabalen2014 and “Mis Da Ka” https://kaloytoots.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/1677/ 😀

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Speechless Moment

If I were to describe yung pakiramdam nung kabuuang competition, ang pinaka masasabi ko ay talagang naging mahigpit ang laban. To the point na after the screening of all the films hindi na ako umasang mananalo, hindi dahil sa kawalan ng pag-asa kundi dahil sa lahat ng pelikula may pag-asa at may kanya kanyang edge upang manalo.

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Leo Sarmieto

Noong tinawag na ako upang tanggapin ang “Best Direction” award at tanghali namang “Best Actress”  si Ms. Leo,ang bidang artista sa ating pelikula sabi ko… solb na po ako Lord. Kaya nga noong iannounce na Mis Da Ka ang Best Film ng gabing ‘yon hindi talaga ako makapaniwala na kahit noong panahong nasa harap na ako ng entablado upang tanggapin ang trophy at magbigay ng mensahe, nawalan ako ng salitang sasabihin. At talaga namang naubos ang lakas ko upang pigilin ang sarili ko na maiyak dahil naibigay naman na ang Best Actor award sa iba. Hahaha!

Pero iba ang suporta ng tao pati na ang mga co-film makers ko ng gabing iyon. Pumalakpak silang muli noong halos tutulo na ang iyak ko na para bang sinasabi nila na “ayos lang yan nandito kami, masaya din para sayo!”.

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After Awarding Party

Muli, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong mga pumalakpak, naiyak, natuwa, sumuporta at naniwala. Maging sa mga humamak, tumapak at hindi nagtiwala. Lahat kayo ay naging inspirasyon upang mabuo ang pelikula ko, pelikula natin. 🙂

https://vimeo.com/114794916


Guys! Tuloy tuloy padin ang pag arangkada ng pelikula kong Matwang Dalaga na ngayo’y naisama sa Cine Baranggay ng City of San Fernando. Ipapalabas ito sa mga baranggay at medyo may mga appearance kaming mga director daw. (insert shy face here)

RW 95.1 Radio Guesting

May radio guesting pala kami nung Friday sa RW 95.1 at napaka swerte ko na this time may remembrance ako dahil may nagmamahal akong kaibigan na bukod sa nakinig e nagrecord pa sa kabuuang interview. Hindi katulad nung nag radio guesting ako for Noli Me Tangere sa Bombo radio sa Isabela. Nga-nga. Hehe.

Hindi na ako basta picture lang, maririnig niyo na din ang boses ko. Goodluck. Hahaha. 😀

RW 95.1 Radio Guesting

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Mukhang hahanap muna ako ng technician para mai-share ko sa inyo ang kadaldalan ko sa radyo.

Anyway stay happy everyone. 😀


Matwang Dalaga

Matwang Dalaga (Matandang Dalaga) ‘yan ang title ng pangalawang short film ko. Ang entry ko for this year’s CineKabalen (isang regional short film competition sa Pampanga) . Malayo sa huling taon nito, mas maingay at mas inaabangan ang CineKabalen 2013 ngayon, marahil dahil na rin sa pagkapasok ng Babagwa (Spider Lair) ni Jason Paul Laxamana sa nakaraang Cínemalayà: Philippine Independent Film Festival 2013 – New Breed at ng 50% dagdag ng mga sumali ngayon kumpara sa mga entries noong CineKabalen 2012.

Kaya nga mas malaki at kapanapanabik ang lahat. Mas MALAKI dahil, sa SM Pampanga, Cinema 6 ipalalabas ang 12 Finalist na tinawag na Aring Sinukwan category, at mas KAPANAPANABIK dahil nakatatabang pusong nakapasok muli ang aking pelikula sa mga ‘yon at nahilera sa mga gawa ng mga hindi maitatangging batikan ng mamemelikula na nagmula sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo.

Bukas, Sabado, inaanyayahan ko kayong samahan ang kwento ng isang babaeng tunay na magmamahal. Isa itong pasasalamat sa mga tagapag-alaga ng pamilya, takbuhan ng mga katulad ko, katulad nating, mga pamangkin, anak-anakan, kaibigan. Ang kwento ni Pisyang, ang bida nating Matwang Dalaga!


Kapag manunulat ka, o feeling manunulat ka. Darating ka sa puntong para kang ballpen na nagtatae. At wala kang ibang magagawa kundi hayaang bumulwak ang timba timbang tinta.

Isang gabi nakaupo ako sa harapan ng desktop namin. Ting! light-bulb! Nagsulattype ang mga daliri ko sa kwentong tuloy-tuloy na ikinukwento ng utak ko. Mabilis, at pabilis ng pabilis. Introduction, setting, characters, rising action, climax! Fallinf action at hanggang sa conclusion at wakas. Hindi ko namalayan umaga na, nang matapos kong isulattype ang kwento. Ang title. Kalasing in tagalog Ang Manginginom in English… kamut ulo, bahala na kayo.

Sa sobrang excited at pagka bangag ko sa kawalan ng tulog. Naikwento ko ang kwento kay future producer ni Kaloy na itago na lang natin sa pangalan Miss O.

Kwento lang ako, kung paano ikinwento ni utak ang kwento kay kamay na siyang itinayp ni daliri. Bibig nga lang ang gamit ko ng mga panahong ikinikwento ko ito kay Miss O.

Pagkatapos marinig ang ending… Akalain mo! Nagustuhan niya!

At ‘wag ka! Gusto pa niya itong iproduce at gawing indie film. Wow! As in.. W (space) O (space) W! With matching wide mouth and eyes open! W O W!!!

Instant direktor/script writer ako.

Interior, loob ng bahay ni Merlyn with her daughter Tomylyn (Lablabyu)

Interior, loob ng bahay ni Merlyn with her daughter Tomylyn (Lablabyu)

Interior loob ng bahay ni Merly (Lablabyu)

Interior loob ng bahay ni Merlyn (Lablabyu)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaso hindi din natapos ang shooting. Mahirap hanapin si Paul https://kaloytoots.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/paul-hunting/ bukod doon, nagka

bulutong ang bida naming lalaki. Patay!

Malapit na pa naman ang Cinekabalen, local independent film competition sa Pampanga. ‘yon panaman sana ang tinutumbok naming salihan para sa Kalasing na pinalitan namin ng title na Lablabyu.. 😦

Outside scene (Lablabyu)


Alam naman ninyong mahilig akong mag-aksaya ng tinta at kuryente sa kakatayp ng kung anu-anong kwentong binubuo ko para kumita ng pera at magkaroon ng dahila para hindi maligo.

Hindi na rin lingid sa inyong kaalaman na madaldal ako at makwento lalo na kung ang kinukwento ko ay ang aking mga sariling kwento -sariling likha.

At dahil nga naging malapit ako kay Miss O, naikwento kong may nais akong isulat na isang maikling kwento. At plano ko ito ibenta sa iba para maging pera. Ito rin ang pinaka maikli kong kwentong isusulat. Nagandahan naman siya at sinabing isulat ko daw ito.

Ginawa ko naman. At bukod sa ito ang pinaka maikling syort istori ko, ito rin ang pinaka mabilis kong natapos na dinatnan na ako ng umaga sa harap ng kompyuter.

Muntik ko ng maibenta, buti na lang naikwento ko ulit kay Miss O at nasabi ko ng tapos na ito. Ayon, instant director ako sa sarili kong kwento.

Kaninang umaga nga pala ang first shooting namin, grabe ang saya lang! 😀



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