Cinematheque Zamboanga – FDCP’s biggest film center PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

For 4 straight years, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), continuous to  bring the best of Filipino and foreign movies in the shore of Zamboanga City through a film festival. Nineteen (19) well-crafted and acclaimed Filipino and foreign films will be shown to the general public for free in the Sineng Pambansa 2014 Zamboanga Film Festival  at Mindpro Cinemas and Cinematheque Zamboanga from February 25 to March 2.

What distinct this year’s festival, FDCP  inaugurated Cinematheque Zamboanga last Wednesday, February 26, 2014, for the people of Zamboanga City. It coincided and made our city’s celebration of the 77th Dia de Zamboanga more memorable that day.

Cinematheque will serve as an alternative and accessible venue for screening of classic and contemporary Filipino films and renowned foreign films in this part of Mindanao. This building project is in line with the core mission of FCDP – “Bringing Filipino Films to the Filipinos.”

According to FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Cinematheque will also serve as a center for workshops and symposiums on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography and all other aspects of filmmaking. People will not only enjoy good movies, they can professionally learn how to make movies too at Cinematheque.

Credit goes to Zamboanga 1st District Congressman Celso Lobregat who started the Zamboanga International Film Festival during his term as the City Mayor in 2011. The festival conceived thru the hard work of Zamboanga Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez. I witnessed then the physical exhaustion, the mental stress and emotional pressure Sarita and her staff went thru to make this festival a reality when it was first launched.

With a 160 seating capacity for filmgoers, Cinematheque Zamboanga is the biggest and the fourth FDCP film center in our country. It is the second in Mindanao after Davao. The other Cinematheques are located in Baguio and Iloilo.

Located at Veterans Avenue corner Legionnaire Road (back of Central Bank of the Philippines in Pettit Barracks, and just across the main office of the LTO-Zamboanga and Barangay Hall of Zone 4), the building finishing touches are still undergoing. A coffee shop in the building rooftop will also be opened soon.

By Dante Corteza

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