ROXAS City – The Department of Tourism Region 6 is set to launch the 6th CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival at Robinsons Place Roxas this Dec. 8 to 10.
The DOT has partnered with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Capiz provincial government, Roxas City local government unit, and Western Visayas Filmmakers Network for the launch.
Fifteen films were selected by the jury for the Western Visayas Film Grants Competition.
The Western Visayas Film Grant Program is being funded by DOT Region 6 to help talented filmmakers from Western Visayas for the production of their short films showing regional culture and tourist destinations in the region.
This year’s competing films for DOT VI Film Grants are – “Abyan” by Joey Decolongon; “Ang Babae sa Bahura” by Kyle Fermindoza; “Baylo” by Ramjun Valasote; “Dumuluong” by Lodrigo Basco Jr.; “Gitara kag Kita” by Lyle Sidney Gayoba; “Guna” by Bob Perez; “Hila(u)was” by Dennis Hubag; “Jameson” by Kurt Soberano; “Pagkadamuhal” by Aldrich Rosano; “Pinili” by Fatima Villarta & Gian Genoveza; “Ribuk” by Carlo Navarrete; “Soul Searching” by L.A. Borres; “Sound Bites” by Julius De La Peña; “Tangis” by Kenneth De La Cruz; and “Umalagi” by Matthew Piodeña.
“The Department of Tourism Region 6 extends its full support for the CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival for it is a great platform in promoting the promising destinations in Western Visayas. It is also one way in discovering talented Western Visayas filmmakers and to showcase their work to a bigger audience. With so much delight, I am looking forward to watch the best of the best films made by these filmmakers,” DOT regional director Helen Catalbas said.
Opening ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. tomorrow. “Iloy” by Gary Tabanera will be screened as an opening film.
Competing films will be shown by sets starting on the opening day until 4 p.m. of Dec. 10, and will be followed by the Closing Ceremonies and Awards Night at 6 p.m.
CineKasimanwa will also present the Student + Youth Film Competition.
Preliminary Jury for the said category selected 9 films to compete which include: “Amiel, Modern Albularyo” by Jayson Amiel Cineta of Central Philippine University; “Amor” by Cymark Garcisto of University of San Agustin; “Hagas sa Katalagman” by Rovic Lopez of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Arevalo Campus; “Dolorosa” by James Patrick Jenn Jumawan of University of San Agustin; “Hutik sang Paminsaron” by Edgar John Zaragosa of West Visayas State University; “Joseph, Joseph” by Gio Enzo Lebourg of Central Philippine University; “Tingkaw” by Rovic Lopez of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Arevalo Campus, “Tres Mil” by Noelen Marie Deocampo of University of San Agustin, and “Katungdanan” by Richard Jeroui Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay from the Out of School Youth submission. (With DOT Region 6/PN)