Ilonggos showcase talents in int’l filmfest

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

ILONGGO filmmakers showcased their talents and skills in the 3rd Iloilo International Film Festival with screenings at SM City Cinema last Jan. 24 to 25 and Cinematheque Iloilo at Solis St., City Proper on January 20 to 31.

“The big event further firmed up the city’s claim as ideal location and promotional vehicle for foreign and locally produced movies and source of potential talents in the film industry. It was a great opportunity for aspiring and emerging Ilonggo film makers,” said Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.

“Owing to the popularity and success of the previous two festivals and as a testament to fruitful partnership between the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and City Government, FDCP once again headed to the premier city in Western Visayas for the 2013 Iloilo International Film Festival,” the film body said in a statement.


Also marking the event was a short film competition with the theme “Ang Ilonggo” which is open to Ilonggo directors from city and province. Non-Ilonggo participants must have at least one year of residence. Winners got cash prizes.

Screenings of Ilonggo works from the 1st Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival run at Cinematheque Iloilo. These include Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa (Peter Solis Nery), Ang mga Aswang (John Raymund Macahilas), Beadworks (Ronny N. Poblacion) and Asin (Aimee Apostol Escasa).

Nery is a multi-awarded literary figure and writer in Hiligaynon who was inducted into the 2012 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Hall of Fame.

Macahilas was a participant, along with 22 other young filmmaking talents from ASEAN and Korea at the ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator: FLY project – an offsite film workshop where students are taught the many aspects of the filmmaking process – held late last year in Davao City.

Poblacion is an accomplished Ilonggo photographer who has received awards from various photography tilts.

Coinciding with the annual holding of Dinagyang, the festival showcased an impressive line-up of films consisting of Best Picture winners from the twin editions for the 1st Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival. These films are Anac ti Pating (Martin Masadao), Qwerty (Eduardo Lejano Jr.), Ang mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro ( Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez), Huling Biyahe (Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez and Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez), Malan (Agustin Pagusara and Benji Garcia), and Qiyamah (Gutierrez Mangansakan II).

International titles from Spain, Israel and Venezuela were also shown at Cinematheque Iloilo. (PIO)


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