Costanilla: Docu film fest tilt is on

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, February 23, 2014

FILMS. We are glad that all the Rotary clubs of District 3860 are now involved in another important project by initiating the Rotary documentary film challenge in partnership with the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival (CIDFF). We gathered that the competition is open to all aspiring and professional filmmakers who must choose a Rotary club belonging to District 3860 as the subject of their documentary.

We also learned that the filmmakers should submit a two-minute trailer to CIDFF on or before March 23 as well as 3 DVD copies and 3 raw files of their promotional film on or before April 25. The top 10 finalists and over-all winner will be announced and awarded on May 5.

Challenge. To us, it is really a big challenge on the part of the filmmakers to come up with an award-winning work whose theme should focus on the Rotary club of their choice. But it is also commendable on the part of the organizers to hold a write-your-own documentary workshop with a film and creative media arts mentor for free on March 1 which is open to the public. This activity would guide them how to start their documentary venture.


Impressive. This project reminds us of what we have seen recently at SM City Cebu cinema 1 involving several entries to this year’s Sinulog documentary and short film festival. We have viewed all of them and found them to be very impressive. Truly, our local filmmakers have already leveled up in terms of their output and even those Manila-based judges were one in saying that the entries were excellently done.

Encourage. Projects like this have encouraged local filmmakers to come up with quality productions and local actors are given the chance to hone their acting skills. We are hoping that through the Rotary’s and CIDFF’s documentary film challenge, our homegrown filmmakers would be able to sustain their creativity, not necessarily because of the cash prizes at stake but for the opportunity to share their God-given talent with the general public.

Projects. To us, the documentary film challenge is not that difficult to accomplish because the filmmakers could focus their work on a particular Rotary club that has numerous projects to its credit. We know that all Rotary clubs have several undertakings that have benefited and continue to benefit the community. It is through this film challenge that non-Rotarians would know what these undertakings are.

Suggest. We also suggest that once the finalists and grand winner are known, their documentaries should be shown in local cinemas, maybe before the last full show of a full-length movie is screened. Anyway, a documentary film is usually short so it is just a matter of proper scheduling on the part of the cinema management. We feel that this is another way of encouraging the filmmakers to come up with quality productions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 24, 2014.


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