The grand gala night of the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:52

The red carpet opening of the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival last Saturday, February 26, at the courtyard of Fort Pilar National Museum was majestic. Excellent choices of cocktails with the best red and white wines were served, lively music entertainment, and the place was regally converted into a classy avenue.

Special guest of honor was Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines Jorge Domecq, who came with his lovely wife Sra. Rose Rufino de Domecq, his embassy First Secretary Sr. Antonio Garcia, and the Consul of the Philippines to Spain Ramon Balaguer.  The event was swarmed with top government officials and well-known personalities of Asia’s Latin City who enjoyed the night with film producers, directors, film crews, and award winning actor John Arcilla.
This film festival commemorates our city’s 75th Dia de Zamboanga Celebration under the auspices of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) program “Sineng Pambansa” (National Pambansa). It is the second time that FDCP has partnered with Zamboanga City in promoting local films and encouraging independent film makers to showcase their ingenuity.

FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, in his message, said that the success of last year’s Sineng Pambansa Film Festival in Zamboanga City has inspired FDCP to pursue this year’s festival with more vigor.  He credits this to the warm response of the Zamboangueňos and the full support given by Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat.
This year, the Sineng Pambansa has included award-winning Spanish movie to pay paid homage to the special linkage between the Spanish culture and the Hispanic Chavacano heritage of the people of Zamboanga. The inclusion of these films will further promote a binding link of the Spanish past that can strengthen the relationship between Zamboanga and the international community, Briccio surmised.
Part of this historical film event is the first Zamboanga Short Film Competition with the theme “Kultura de Zamboanga”  (Culture of Zamboanga). It is an exclusive contest among local resident film makers and who have roots from this city. Winners will be announced tonight at Lantaka Hotel.
The gala night ended with the special premiere of the a Spanish film “Tambien La Lluvia” (Even The Rain). It dwelled on how a revisionist film shooting in Bolivia was affected by the national crisis of water of the country. It is a touching movie with powerful lines, good music and cinematography. The group proceeded later to recap the day with a grand firework at Paseo del Mar.
The films of the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival will have its last run today at Mindpro Cinemas.
Photos by event photographer Dave Aizon.

“Truth has many enemies. Lies have many friends.” Dialogue in the Spanish film “Talbien La Lluvia”.
by Dante Corteza









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