Twisted Dolls

A man slowly exposes the inner workings of a Matryoshka Doll and in turn inflicts dangers upon himself.

  • Kimi Crisostomo
  • Kimi Crisostomo
  • Kimi Crisostomo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mga Manikang Pinipilipit
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    91 USD
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Mapúa University
  • Film Olympiad

    Official Selection, Nominated for Best Experimental Short and Best Visual Effects Awards
Director Biography - Kimi Crisostomo

Currently a student of the Digital Film program under the School of Media Studies in Mapúa University, Kimi has been steadily absorbing everything he could learn in the art of filmmaking from his professors and peers. He has been involved as an associate producer in the short documentary 'Daing', which was an official selection in various film festivals such as Gawad Alternatibo, Hundred Islands Film Festival, and Sinepiyu XV. He was also the writer and assistant director for the film 'Aurora Spei', which won seven awards in the Gawad Sining Short Film Festival last 2022 including best screenplay and best picture. He has a hunger to study more about the intricacies of filmmaking to hone his skills and help him create and tell compelling stories.

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Director Statement

Mga Manikang Pinpilipit (Twisted Dolls) is a commentary on corruption in our country, the Philippines, and just how evident its existence is. Yet us, Filipinos, have notoriously let these things pass by throughout history like nothing is happening. It has become a cycle that we cannot break out of, and even though we are fully aware of being fooled by the twisted ones who sit above, we tend to forget. In the end, we are the very ones who keep suffering from their evil schemes.