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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Cebuano Film Festival

Here's an article from The Freeman on the Cebuano Film Festival:

The Freeman
December 27, 2004
Cebu, Philippines

December 27, 2004

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Mowelfund Film Institute in cooperation with the Cebu Filmmakers Society, along with Sinebuano, Tagulilong (film enthusiasts from the print media), and cineastes from the University of the Philippines-Cebu, Saint Theresa's College, Southwestern University and the University of San Jose-Recoletos will mount a Film Festival on January 26 to 30, 2005 at SM City-Cebu.

Mowelfund Film Institute Artistic Director Nick Deocampo revealed that the event is in line with NCCA's Pelikula at Lipunan Program. The program aims to promote, among others, cultural awareness through the film medium.

Slated to be shown in the festival are some of the oldest Cebuano films topbilled by Gloria Sevilla (considered "Queen of Cebuano Movies"), Pilita Corrales, and other Cebuano artists.

Aside from the film screenings, the activity will also recognize Cebuanos and other individuals who have helped promote Cebuano movies. Deocampo hopes to have a film congress that will provide filmmakers, then and now, the time to interact and learn from each other. Other activities set to happen in the film festival, he said, are film seminars and a film exhibit.

Ron Tan of Cebuano Filmmakers Society revealed that preparations for the film fest have started already. He added that the film fest is supported by the Cebu City Council, Cebu Provincial Government, the Sinulog Foundation and the academe.

Among the movies that were dug up were Badlis sa Kinabuhi, Matud Nila, Manok Ni San Pedro, and Mayor Andal. These films along with the new digital short films will be shown during the festival, hoping that with the current success of Panaghoy sa Suba (a film by Cesar Montano shot in full Cebuano dialogue) that it will trigger the revival of the Visayan film industry.

And we, at SineBuano, are proud to be part of this project.


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