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June 8, 2012

Sineng Pambansa - National Film Festival in Davao City

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will stage the first Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival in Davao City from June 29 to July 3, 2012.

Featuring the finalists of the FDCP’s first National Film Competition held last year. The festival films will be screened at the following malls SM City Davao, Abreeza , G-Mall, and NCCC Mall.

The film festival is a joint undertaking of the FDCP and the city government of Davao headed by Mayor Sarah Duterte. The formal opening on June 29 will be a red carpet event, at the SM Cinema 3. Awarding ceremonies for the winners among the finalists will take place at the Abreeza Cinema 4 on July 1.

Highlighting the opening night on June 29 will be a special screening of excerpts from the latest film of Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Thy Womb, a joint project of the FDCP and Mendoza’s CenterStage Productions, and shot on location in Tawi-Tawi. Mendoza and the film’s lead actor, internationally acclaimed actress Nora Aunor, will be the guests at the opening of the festival.

In line with its program of bringing national film festivals to the regions, the FDCP selected Davao to be the staging ground for the first Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival because of the city’s leading role in the political, economic and cultural history of Mindanao. With its wealth of local talent, it is also an important regional base for the emerging independent film community in the Philippines.

Sineng Pambansa (National Cinema) is the flagship program of the FDCP, whose guiding motto is “bringing Filipino films to Filipinos” all over the country and in Filipino communities overseas. The FDCP has staged no less than nine film festivals since last year in Iloilo, Zamboanga, Baguio, San Fernando in Pampanga, Marawi, Tawi-Tawi, and Ilocos Norte.

The FDCP initiated the National Film Competition in September last year and received about 120 entries consisting of full-length features and documentaries from three geographical areas (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao), and animation shorts from all over the country. A unique aspect of this competition is that the language of the locality was used in the dialogue or the narration, in order to underscore the vitality of the country’s indigenous cultural heritage through the medium of film. The 18 finalists were awarded seed money to finish their films. A second batch of meritorious entries would be funded later this year.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, noting that the finalists came from as far north as Kalinga and Benguet and as far south as Davao, Marawi and Jolo, remarked that “the region-based filmmakers are now contributing their outstanding talent and creativity to the making of a true Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema.”
SM City Davao

Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive, Ecoland Subd.
Davao, Davao del Sur, Philippines

Friday June 29, 2012 - Tuesday July 3, 2012

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