Zambo int’l film fest reels off February 22 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:09

The Zamboanga International Film Festival, now on its third year of presentation will kick off tomorrow, February 22 to 23, at the selected Mindpro theaters as part of the activities for the 76th Dia de Zamboanga celebration on Feb. 26.

Mayor Celso Lobregat told a news conference in City Hall yesterday that the two day film fest will feature classic Filipino and foreign films to be shown for free to the public at Cinema 1 and Cinema 3 of Mindpro.

The film fest is a joint undertaking of the city government and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

He said Cinema 1 will open to the public on Feb 22 at 9:30 a.m. for the free screening of Filipino films which include “Walay Tumoy na Punterya” (R13) “Qiyamah” (PG), “Chasing Fireflies” (R13), “Anac ti Pating” (PG) and “Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro” (PG).

On the same day at 10 a.m. Cinema 3 will start the continuous screening for foreign films, among which are “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Miranda Regresa” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Silencio En La Nieve” (R13) and “Habana Eva” (R13).

On Feb. 23, Cinema 1 will open at 9:30 a.m. for the free public screening of “Anac ti Pating” (PG), “Malan” (R13), “Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin” (PG), “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok” (PG), “Huling Biyahe” (R13) and “Qwerty” (R13).

At 10 a.m. on the same day, Cinema 3 will start the public screening of such foreign films as “Silenco en la Nieve” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Venezzia” (R13) and “No Habra Paz para Los Malvados” (R18).

Lobregat said Zamboanga City is proud to partner with the FDCP in holding the International Film Festival in line with the commitment to help create a platform to showcase great short films and most importantly to promote and stimulate local film making.

He stressed that one of the results of staging the film fest is the soon to be established Zamboanga Cinematech, which recently broke ground at Sta. Barbara, by the FDCP and the city government.
He said the staging of the film fest also serves as cultural exchange between the Philippines and the sponsoring countries like Spain and France, where Filipino films are also shown on special events. — Vic Larato