Mindanao Film Festival @10; Celebrating Regional Imaginations


Marking its 10th year anniversary, the Mindanao Film Festival is once again paving the screens of the Gaisano Mall Cinema 6 from December 3 to 9, 2014 to showcase 68 film entries, (from 55 entries last year) that are organically made to showcase the rich culture and local perspectives of the things that are all about or shot in Mindanao.

Submissions came from all over the region with the theme: “Celebrating Regional Imaginations”.

“It goes to show that filmmaking is expanding to the countryside to communities rather in the past when the movement was confined in Mindanao’s urbanized areas like Davao, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro cities.” -Rudolph Alama, festival director of the 10th MFF.

With the support of the Philippine Information Agency-XI,  there will also be a block of films to be shown which will tackle the environment  and climate change.  “Nagbago na ang Panahon” features films that incorporate climate change in their own respective plots.

Films in said category will be shown on December 4, 2014 (11:30 am)  and December 8, 2014 (11:30 am). Titles include:

Hope in a Garden
  • Abiso
  • Lugdang
  • Paraiso – by March de Ramos
  • Hope in a Garden – by Breech Asher Harani
  • Pangindahay

On December 3, 2014 (3:30 pm), December 6, 2014 (7:30 pm) and December 7, 2014 (3:30pm) selected films from Dabawenyo filmmakers will be featured.  The Davao Directors’ Showcase will be exhibiting the following titles:

  • Ang Pagbalik sa Trabaho – by Glorypearl Dy
  • Lights Out – by Hamir Ibrahim Achacoso
  • Amog
  • Bandera Pieces
  • Ang Baril ni Polding na Walay Pulbura -by Alberto Egot, Jr.
  • Anino ng Katarungan – by Prince Regi Padilla
  • Tabok – by Breech Asher Harani
  • Twist

The Escuela Cinema; are school-based entries taken from film and media related courses from Davao City based colleges or Individual initiatives from students.

Entries from the Ateneo de Davao High School which will be shown on December 6.2014 (5:30 pm) and December 7, 2014 (1:30 pm) are:

The Reunion
  • The Reunion – by March de Ramos
  • Domino- by March de Ramos

The following entries from Philippine Women’s College will be featured on December 6, 2014 (1:30 pm) and December 7, 2014 (7:30 pm):

  • Reminisced – by Coleen G. Regis
  • Cambiar
  • The Closet – by  Catherine Abe
  • Pilyo
  • Inukban – by Jamir Mallari
  • Mac and PC
  • Bali
  • Panan-aw

Films submitted by representatives of the University of Immaculate Concepcion will be shown on December 4, 2014 ( 7:30 pm) and December 5, 2014 (1:30 pm):

  • No Permit No Exam
  • Vorfreude

The Holy Cross of Davao College will also be sporting their entries on December 4, 2014 (3:30 pm), December 5, 2014 (1:30 pm) and on December 7, 2014 (11:30 am):

Ang Paglaum Ni Elian
Uno Sais
  • Ang Paglaun ni Elian – by Nneka Mae B. Rubia
  • Sawsaw – by Danica Bacalangco
  • Barbie – by Christine Joy G. Bajao
  • Uno Sais – by Cristine Marie Arcamo

Documentario are documentary films from current Cagayan de Oro based journalist Nef Luczon. His works will be shown on December 4, 2014 (11:30 am) and December 7, 2014 (11:30 am)

  • Dire Husi
  • Tindoga

Zamboanga Pelicula are films from the Zamboanga Region which showcases Spanish colonial heritage as the featured films are spoken in their very own, Chavacano; a spanish-based creole language. Screening schedules are on December 6, 2014 (11:30 am) and December 8, 2014 (1:30 pm)

  • Pahiyum
  • Wagas – by Gemmila Sofia Sotto Alonsabe
  • Pasuon

Down South, entries from Socsargen (South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City) can be viewed on December 4, 2014 (7:30 pm) and December 8, 2014 ( 1:30 pm)

  • Jamir – by G.V. Alfasain
  • Sap’ng – by Rahil B. Maningcara
  • Mga Patay na Bitoon – by Amaya Han

The Northern Exposure is another active regional filmmaking hub. Their creations will be shown on December 4, 2014 (1:30 pm) and December 6, 2014 (3:30 pm):

  • The End of War – A short film by Joe Bacus starring Rusty Quintana, Haidie Sangkad and Loreshyl Ratunil
  • Sakpan – by Giojoe Amoguis
  • Happy Fiesta
  • Kasikas sa Panumduman – by Chloe Veloso
  • Sangputanan – by Vince Sevillano
  • Ang Lihim ni Natividad – by Jasmine Limas

Lights Camera Amen are the officicial entry Christian Films and they will be featured on December 4, 2014 (5:30 pm) and December 5, 2014 (11:30 am):

  • Ang Libro ni Ondo – by Hamir Achacoso
  • Ang Barbero – Rod Marc Abrina
  • Tirador – Rod Marc Abrina
  • Dumot – Rod Marc Abrina
  • Saved From Suicide – Rod Marc Abrina
  • Bola – Rod Marc Abrina
  • Tunglo – Rod Marc Abrina

Short films produced from 24-hour film marathon shots using Windows Lumia 1020 smart phones are the highlight in the Guerilla Filmmaking Competition.  Works in said category will be featured on December 5, 2014 (7:30 pm), December 7, 2014 (5:30 pm) and December 9, 2014 (5:30 pm):

  • Hapdos – by Gary Bautista
  • Kali – by Mark Limbaga
  • And Pinakalami na Apol Pie – by Chico Christie Pace
  • The Job Interview – by Albert Egot Jr.
  • Cut – by Willie Apa
  • Ang Pagpukaw sa Akong Damgo – by Arnel Barbarona

10th Mindanao Film Festival fi

The Mindanao Film Festival is an annual event by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation, Incorporated in partnership with the National Commission for the Culture and Arts. Among those who are responsible for making this possible are: SouthSpot Entertainment Network, Alchemy of Vision and Light, Film and Development Council of the Philippines, Davao Autism Center, Gaisano Cinema, Gaisano Mall The Peak, Microsoft, ForumZFD, Philippine Press Institute, M Magazine, SushiDito, Ganda, Villa de Mercedez, Zabadani, The White House, Sound Chaser, Juno Churrasco, Manangz, Kuilans Siopao, Davao Music Nation, and Louworks Studio.

Schedule for December 3, 4, 5 & 6
MFF Screening Schedule 1
Schedule for December 7, 8 & 9
MFF Screening Schedule 2

All the information and photos posted are from the Official Page of the 10th Mindanao Film Festival
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