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THE ANIMALS

BY GINO M. SANTOS
Finalist, New Breed Full Length Feature Category
2012 CINEMALAYA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION

SYNOPSIS Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE Gino Martin M. Santos graduated from De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde with a degree in digital filmmaking. In 2006 he attended the Asia Pacific Film Institute, which sparked his passion for filmmaking. To enhance his passion, He enrolled in the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute the following year. In August 2012, he participated in a workshop conducted by the New York Film Academy, which was held in Kyoto, Japan. Gino, together with 12 representatives around South East Asia, was chosen to represent the Philippines in the Motion Picture Associassion - CICE workshop that was held in Beijing, China in December 2011.  Gino's short musical film, "Ang Tagnke" (The Water Tank) was chosen to represent De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde for the MGDF1919 water stories competition along with 10 schools around the Philippines. The musical received the honorable mention award in the 22nd Gawad CCP competition, and also competed in the 19th Contravision film festival in Berlin. The year after that he won another honorable mention award in the 23rd Gawad CCP competition in the experimental category for his short film entitled "Bangungot." His short feature "Every Other Time" was an official entry in the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.  "The Animals" is Gino's debut full-length film.

MAJOR CREDITS  Cast: Albie Casiño as Jake, Dawn Balagot as Trina, Patrick Sugui as Alex  Production:  Producers-Stained Glass Productions, Cinemalaya Foundation, Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, Gino Santos; Executive Producer-Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, and Jeff Stelton; Director-Gino M. Santos; Writer-Jeff Stelton; Director of Photography-Alex Espartero; Editor-John Wong and Rona Delos Reyes; Musical Scorer/Sound Designer-Diwa De Leon; Original Soundtrack-Nix Damn P!

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