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Go Back

A little girl is crossing the street. She seems to be chasing a red balloon just outside of her arms' length. The balloon's string seem to dance around the tip of her fingers. Light surrounds her.

A few days earlier, the same girl was sitting with complete focus on the tv screen. She doesn't hear her mother calling.

A man is in his car, driving frantically. He is searching for something. He sees red.

A few hours ago a family was in a cafe. The little girl's throat was itchy.

A woman and her husband ran into an old friend. They reminisce about their past. Their daughter looks around. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees red.

A few moments ago the little girl sees a drink on a tray that would take the itch away. She looks at her parents and see father and mother busy. She chases the drink.

A woman is showing a photo of a little girl to strangers. She is worried. Tears are rolling down.

A few moments later a phone call is made. the girl on the street, rhe father driving, the mother searching, the red balloon just outside the length where her fingers could reach. The father just looks up a second too late. She sees light. He sees red. The balloon floats away.

  • Vanerie Lumaque
  • Vanerie Lumaque
  • Floresita Lumaque
  • Vanessa Lumaque
  • Miel Espinoza
    Key Cast
  • Gwendoline Soriano
    Key Cast
  • Marc Felix
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    481 USD
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Vanerie Lumaque

is an award-winning writer-director from Valenzuela City who studied at the Asia Pacific Film Institute and graduated from CIIT College of Arts and Technology. Her notable film "Go Back," which she directed at the age of 19, was nominated, selected to compete in, and screened at numerous international and local film festivals, including Lift-Off Global Network 2019, Marmaris International Short Film Festival, Cinestudyante Film Festival, Dream Manila International Film Festival, Piling Obrang Vidyo, China's International Teen Short Film Festival, and won Best in Cinematography in Streets to School Karapatan at Kabataan 2019.
Her following live action/animation film, "Ako", won Best Film at the Yakap Sining Film Festival in 2020.

In addition to her films, she directed Babaeng Biyahero with Maine Mendoza, was a guest speaker at CIIT's Webinar: The Secrets Behind Award Winning Films, and served as a judge at the PELI-KULAY Film Festival.

She also became the cinematographer for DOST's documentary series on GMA Network, and the #NoFilter series on ABS CBN.

She is also known as a Production Designer on numerous award-winning short films, including "Kurimaw," directed by Dominic Francia starring Mercedes Cabral and Jal Galang, which premiered at the WICA New York Film Festival, "Kahon" by Ivan Cortez, which premiered at the Ika-33 Gawad Alternatibo, and "Kawatan sa Salog" by Alphie Velasco, which was an official selection for Cinemalaya 2021.
She designed music videos for known artists like KZ Tandingan, Spongecola, One Click Straight and many more. She designed commercials for CoolAire’s Company, Manny Pacquiao, Meralco, PUBG, Valorant Ph, Globe and many more. She was also the Art Director for Shugo Praico's "BETCIN" series for WeTV and Iflix, and “Love Bossing, Poleng, and Tali” series on NET25, Directed by Chris Martinez.

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