Maria Estela Paiso's short film "Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol" ("It’s Raining Frogs Outside") will have its international premiere in the 2022 Berlinale.
The over 13-minute film is the first Sambal language movie to take part in the prestigious film festival under the Shorts Competition. It revolves around a woman named Maya (Alyana Cabral) who is forced to go home to her hometown where she must face a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.
In a statement by producer Gale Orio, she expressed how she has always believed in Maria Estela's talent as a writer and director.
"I've always had faith in Estela's talent and her short film deserves to be seen by a wider audience, so even though it was a surprise to receive the invitation, deep down I knew we had a good chance of getting in," she said.
Maria Estela, on the other hand, said everything still "feels unreal" knowing her debut film is part of the festival. She also extended her gratitude to her whole team who made it possible.
"I keep checking my e-mail for the acceptance letter the Shorts team sent us just to make sure that my mind isn't making this up, because I really can't believe it," Estela gushed. "Like what Ms. Gale said, this is my first legitimate, full-on short, and that makes it even harder for me to process the news."
"None of this would have been impossible if not for everyone who contributed, especially our post team, our pledgers, our Maya, my producer, and my creative consultant. We all share the same faith for the short, it's just that getting into Berlin is, like I said, borderline unreal," she added.
Prior to its inclusion in the Berlin film fest, "It’s Raining Frogs Outside" won the Gender Sensitivity Award in the recently-concluded QCinema International Film Festival.
The 2022 Berlinale will run from February 10 to February 16.
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