• Ilonggo films vie for world notice

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    ILOILO CITY: The third Western Visayas film festival showcasing movies by Ilonggo filmmakers and actors will reel on December 8-14, 2015 at the SM City Cinema 1 here.

    The film festival will feature short films produced by the Department of Tourism Region 6, Western Visayas Filmmakers Network and CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival.

    Elvert C. Bañares, CineKasimanwa Festival Ilonggo director and programmer said a total of 99 short films were submitted for screening. Selected were four Ilonggo films representing four provinces in the region that were awarded grants of P100,00 each by the DOT.

    The films were produced in Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras and Aklan while the fifth film is purely for tourism spots and products in the province of Aklan.

    DOT Reg. Dir. Helen Catalbas said the short films of Ilonggo filmmaker grantees are aimed to promote the region. Each film runs from 18 to 25 minutes.

    The regional film festival is the first in the Philippines held every December.

    Bañares, known for his counter programming approaches since the eKsperim[E]nto Filmfest years, said the four short films represent Western Visayas in diverse ways.

    In 2013, CineKasimanwa opened with 3D documentaries of iconic Ilonggo filmmaker Nick Deocampo. Last year the festival opened with Lav Diaz’s four-hour “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan.”

    The film festival will showcase “Sa Pagtunod It Adlaw” by Romart Martesano of Aklan; “Ang Panglakaton” by Mia Reyes of Antique; “Sa Dapa-Dapa Sang Balaan Bukid” by Noel de Leon of Guimaras’ and “Katapusan nga Handum” by Aimee Apostol-Escasa of Iloilo.

    The opening movies on December 8 are “One Week Earlier” by Allyn May Canja and Eric Barbosa Jr.; “Kagat” by May Fatima Villarta; and “TNT” by Roberto Reyes Ang.

    Added bonus to the film festival week are full length features of “Flotsam” by Jay Abello; “Heneral Luna” by Jerrold Tarog; “Ugayong” by Reymundo Salao; “Silong”, “Jingle Lang Ang Pahina” by Chuck Escasa; and “Alimuom ng Kahapon” by Rosswil Hilario.

    Lydia C. Pendon

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