• 1st Lantawan Film Fest to open


    SOCSKSARGEN Center for Film and Arts (SCFA), an organization of local filmmakers from South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City, held a three-day film festival in December at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City to officially launch the first ever Lantawan Socsksargen Film Festival (LSFF) slated next year.

    For the pre-festival event, Cinema Rehiyon Reloaded films and local films from General Santos were screened at the Br. McKnight Auditorium including Inatay, Onang, Halimaw (animated), Migo Nino, Mutya ng Saging (animated), Stola, Nene, Kandilaryo, Goyak, Medalyon, Pukot, and Lamat.

    Seminar workshops for filmmaking were also administered for free under the auspices of CinemaOne Originals and Gawad Urian award winning director Arnel Mardoquio.

    Screening from January 16 to 17, LSFF is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the primary government agency dedicated to the promotion of Philippine culture and arts. It aims to provide an avenue for local talents and filmmakers from Southern Philippines to showcase their innovative, creative and original ideas without the expensive production through quality use of digital medium.

    The film fest is divided into three parts: Sine Mindanaw and Sine Socsksargen, regional competitions for local filmmakers; and Cinema Rehiyon Reloaded, a screening of regional films from the other NCCA-funded regional film fests.

    Sine Socsksargen category is open for filmmakers from Region 12 while the Sine Mindanao category is open to those from the Mindanao cluster, with exception to Region 12 participants. Submissions are accepted until January 5.

    LSFF is made possible by SCFA, NCCA and Notre Dame de Dadiangas University.

    For more information, call 0923-5747674, or e-mail scfa.official@gmail.com.


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