A short film created by communication arts students from De La Salle University – Manila will be showing in a film festival in New York this month.
The movie, titled “Kurozetto,” is the only Filipino film to screen at the ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film Festival 2020, which will be held on Oct. 8 to 18. It features a young man who bumps into a Deaf female cosplayer every morning on his way to work.
It will be screening alongside productions such as the Oscar buzzer “Ammonite” starring Kate Winslet and Soairse Ronan, and the Filipino online series “Hello, Stranger.” Similar to other film events across the globe, the festival will be hosting this year’s rendition online, as per its website.
Rachel Marquez, Angelika Mozo and Sheena Ycon, who are all between the ages of 21 and 22, created the movie as their thesis project back in 2018.
The group sent their film to the organizers last month, Mozo, who conceptualized it, told INQUIRER.net yesterday, Oct. 2. Days after, they learned that their movie had been included in the event’s official lineup.
Mozo also explained that she came up with the story while looking at anime photos during her commute home from school.
During their pre-production process, Marquez, who identifies as gender fluid, had a major part in refining the script’s approach in representing an LGBT character. Mozo and Ycon identify as straight women.
When asked about straight people creating LGBT-related productions, Marquez said, “It’s fine, but needs proper research and interviews with members of the [LGBT] community.”
As the film’s director, she also urged others to