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Southville Alumnus Makes it to Tribeca Film Fest

A short film by Miguel Calayan, graduate of Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) high school batch 2008, was chosen as one of entries to be shown in the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Out of 2,800 submissions from all over the world, Calayan’s Prima will be premiered along with 60 other entries which made it to the cut. He wrote, directed and did the cinematography for the said film.


“Prima is more than a film about dance”, Calayan shares about his masterpiece. “Through the character of the Ballerina, the film explores the exhilaration of finding this love and the destruction that comes when you let it take over. In a way, the film serves as a cautionary tale to anyone who holds on for too long - whether it's dance, a dream, or a failed relationship. There are consequences that come after the refusal to let go.”


After graduating from SISC in 2008, Calayan moved to San Francisco to study Cinematography at the Academy of Art University, where he is nominated to be the 2012 Valedictorian. His previous works, “Larry Hunt: Bucketman”, a story about a local street drummer, and “Life Afloat”, about a gymnast who chases her dream of joining the circus, were named Best Documentary for two successive years in the San Francisco’s Epidemic Film Festival.


Prima will have screenings on April 19, 20, and 24. For more details, log on to