Ilonggo filmmakers brace for 1st film festival

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


ALL filmmakers from Western Visayas will gather in Iloilo City for the CineKas1manwa, the first film festival in the country to feature all types of film genres by Ilonggo filmmakers.

Ilonggo festival director Elvert de la Cruz Bañares said the festival slated on December 10-14 will feature 12 full-length films and more than 40 short films by the filmmakers from Panay, Negros and Metro Manila who have Ilonggo roots and can speak the Hiligaynon dialect.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will grace the opening day on December 10 at SM Cinema 1 with a short film by noted Ilonggo director Nick Deocampo.

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Bañares said that all proceeds of the film festival will go to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the region through the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center’s relief operations and rehabilitation projects.

The film screening will be held at the SM Cinema I, FDCP Iloilo Cinematheque and at the UPV Cinematheque to give a chance to the Ilonggo filmmakers to show off their talents and know-how through films.

The Panay Island film festival is supported by the National Commission on Culture and Arts, Negros Museum, FDCP Cinematheque, and other sponsors in aiming to unify local filmmakers.

Bañares said that for the first time, notable mainstream, digital, independent, experimental, documentary, animation and new breed full length and short films of Western Visayas will be screened under one film festival with an advocacy of promoting and creating a directory of filmmakers in the region.

On December 2-6, festival organizers will conduct a campus tour in different schools and universities in Iloilo City to promote the event and be part of the students’ film aesthetics, film production and humanities subjects. The schools for a Meet and Greet the filmmakers include WVSU, CPU, St. Vincent Seminary, St. Paul University and John B. Lacson Maritime University

Notable filmmakers to showcase their films in the festival include Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes, Nick Deocampo, Tara Illenberger, Erik Matti, regional filmmakers Joenar Pueblo, Ned Trespeses, Ronny Poblacion, Peter Solis Nery, TM Malones, Jay Abello and more than 40 others, including the filmmakers of Guimbal, Iloilo.

Bañares said that this year’s film festival is a content-driven free-for-all with no quality control films in support to new unconventional filmmakers. By next year, there will be competitions and the quality control might be adopted by then. (LCP/Sunnex)

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