A short animation on the adverse effects of plastic to the environment that was written and directed by a De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde film student is competing at “Animahenasyon 15: The 2021 Philippine Animation Festival” from November 12 to 14.

This after the animated film, “CITSALP,” by Jean A. Evangelista won the Porto Cesareo Film Festival Marine Protected Area Award, or “the best audiovisual work dedicated to the sea” in Italy, a news release said.

“CITSALP” is about the negative effects of plastics in the world and the responsible consumption and production of plastics.

It is a collaboration among Evangelista and animators Ria Caluya, Shane Sitchon, Adrienne Jade, Aljean Respecia Uyan, Jlo Casa, and Ria Morales, editor Ayen Alvarez, sound designers John Patrick Perez and Dan Verzosa, production manager Arkin Tracy Tendilla, assistant directors Verzosa and Lawrence Soriano, and musical scorer Hannah Felix.

Evangelista, who received a cash prize of €700 from Porto Cesareo, was “very thankful” to the organizers and to her team for the award, which she acknowledged to have been “the heart and soul of the film.”

“I never thought that this film would push through because I didn’t have any illustrators and animators before. In addition, I was highly depressed when this film was in production,” Evangelista disclosed.

Porto Cesareo Film Festival artistic director Anna Seviroli said the selection committee viewed and evaluated “about 3,000 works from all over the world, including shorts, mini shorts, documentaries from Italy, Mexico, India, Philippines, Spain, United Kingdom, Egypt, United States, Iran, and Spain.”

The first edition of the film festival was held as part of the Environmentalist Coordination pro Porto Cesareo’s “A-Mare I Giovani” project and co-financed by the Action and Cohesion Plan-Notice “Youth for the social ed. 2018” of the Department of Youth Policies-Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Municipality of Porto Cesareo.

Evangelista said the Porto Cesareo award “simply inspires me to do more films about the environment, to help save mother nature.”

“And I want to let other young filmmakers to be inspired to never stop dreaming. Even if there are hardships in life, you should never stop making films that touches people’s lives and hearts through filmmaking,” the student filmmaker added.

“CITSALP” was also selected to vie in different international animation and film festivals in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Indonesia, Poland, Romania and the US, besides from Italy and the Philippines.

Animahenasyon 15, organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc., aims to cultivate and showcase Filipino talent in animation.

The festival is comprised of animated films in competition or Anikompetisyon and a three-day conference.

“CITSALP” and 19 other finalists of Anikompetisyon were shown online at the Animahenasyon Facebook page on November 12. The Top 5 winners each received a trophy, certificate and P20,000 in cash prize, while the finalists each received a certificate.

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