JICC calls for entries from high school students


Natsuko Godai presents a special award to Filipino students James Francis Conda and Kyle Robert Vergara during the Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2012 in Japan

Filipino high school students interested in filmmaking are invited to join the Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2013. Three film entries will be selected to compete in the international competition. The chosen student filmmakers will become the representatives of the Philippines for the Asian International Children’s Film Festival 2013 to be held in November 30 in Japan.

This year, the film festival is focusing on the theme “bullying.” Students can choose to explore the different aspects of bullying, for example, how to talk about bullying; prevention of bullying at school; how to reach out to people who are being bullied, etc., as the topic of their video.

The top three finalists from the Philippines will be sent to Japan to compete in the international leg of the contest. All expenses will be borne by the Government of Japan through the newly launched Jenesys 2.0. The Jenesys 2.0 is designed to create camaraderie among the Southeast Asian youths and Japanese counterparts through intensive interaction, workshops, cultural exchanges, and structured exchanges of view. (See related story).

This contest is organized by the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the National Youth Commission (NYC).

In November 2012, out of 156 entries from Japan and 31 entries from the 11 participating countries and region, the Philippines bagged the 2nd Place Minister of Foreign Affairs Award in festival, which was held in Awaji, Japan. Student filmmakers James Francis Conda and Kyle Robert Vergara of San Beda College Alabang are the brains and heart behind the winning 3-minute short film entitled Footbridge. Japan came in first prize with the Ryotaro Sugi Award, named after the founder and chairman of the film festival.

For the past six years, the Asian International Children Film Festival has been bringing together students with passion for filmmaking. Students from Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia and Myanmar are invited to take part in the competition and visit Japan, strengthening international relations among the youth in these Asian countries.

Students interested in joining the competition are requested to download the Official Application Forms of the competition via www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp. Submission of entries is until September 2.

For more information and guidelines, call or email the Japan Information and Culture Center at www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp; 551-5710 local 4210; and jicc-mnl@ma.mofa.go.jp.


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