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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Friday, January 4, 2013

WHILE some Filipino Indie films are gaining recognition in the international scene, it seems that steps are still needed to make such creative works appeal to the moviegoers in the country.

Here in Baguio City a more determined move to increase the level of appreciation on indie films has began in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) under the leadership of Chairman Briccio Santos, Baguio Cinematheque through its coordinator Art Tibaldo, and the Baguio Tourism Council headed by Benny Alhambra. This is through the presentation of the first Baguio Film Festival that recognizes local talents.

One activity that intensified the level of film appreciation of the community was the conduct of a film workshop and seminar on December 26, 2012 emphasizing on the importance of embedding values in moviemaking and lessons on the technicalities including works behind the scenes.


The activity that was attended by students and instructors from the different tertiary schools in the city was facilitated by Tibaldo who is also the curator of Baguio Media Museum, local theater actor Raffy Kapuno, and internationally acclaimed indie filmmaker Ferdie Balanag who gained popularity in his movie "Walking the Waking Journey" that received a Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.

Balanag said they are encouraging the production of indie films which is a better way of telling a story and where one can express his or her creativity. “Here you can express better ways of story telling and you go out of the box,” Balanag added.

Balanag also said that in producing indie film there is a need to tackle on more relevant issues and there should be a social discussion. It also entails hard work.

One of those that attended the workshop and appreciated the pursuit started to promote indie filmmaking is Mass Communication instructor Janet Tibaldo of Saint Louis University. “In any form of art, first have the passion for it. Everything else follows,” she said.

Student Simon Burgos who also participated in the workshop was overwhelmed, amazed, and happy to experience new things.

“I learned simple things like knowing the sequence and part of production in making a film and what to do and not to do,” Burgos added.

Film is one important medium in strengthening cultural and social awareness. When it is done it should be with quality. It means moviemakers will learn lesson from it as it touches ones heart and emotion. Baguio local filmmakers joining hands in supporting the said program means a hope for more production of worth watching movies and better appreciation on the said art.

To increase the movie appreciation level of Filipinos on quality films it is also important to include this as one topic of discussion in Humanities I (Art Appreciation) subject in the tertiary level. Understanding and critiquing film should not only be for communication students but it should be for everyone. Another is to have a venue for indie film showing.

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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 04, 2013.


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