2-day int’l film fest kicks off today PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 February 2013 11:03

In line with this year’s celebration of Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga, the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the City Government of Zamboanga will hold the Sineng Pambansa Zamboanga International Film Festival 2013 on February 22-23.

Top winners of the twin editions of the First Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival for main feature and documentary categories and international titles courtesy of the Embassy of Spain and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela highlight the festival screenings at Mindpro Cinemas 1 and 3 with free admission.

This year’s film festival showcases a whole-day workshop, How to Make a Documentary, to be conducted by visiting Spanish filmmaker Miguel Olid whose two films, namely, Sobrevivir a un Hijo (Survive a Child) and Trabajando con la Muerte (Working with Death) will also be shown.

Venue for the workshop slated on February 23 is at the newly built Centro Latino at the Paseo del Mar. Filmmaker Olid has done a number of award-winning documentaries. He holds a doctorate degree on History of Cinema at the University of Seville in Spain and wrote a total of ten books about Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.

A much anticipated component of the film festival is a short film competition aimed to discover Zamboanga’s emerging talents in film. The short film competition billed Sine Chabacano has for its theme, Cultura de Zamboanga.

Sineng Pambansa Zamboanga International Film Festival 2013 marks the third year that FDCP and Zamboanga City have collaborated for a film festival in Asia’s Latin City.

The film festival’s official selection is as follows:  Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez’ Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro, Ed Lejano’s Qwerty, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s Qiyamah, Martin Masadao’s Anac Ti Pating, Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez and Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez’ Huling Byahe, Benji Garcia and Don Pagusara’s Malan, Cierlito Espejo Tabay’s Walay Tumoy na Punterya, Sheron Dayoc’s Chasing Fireflies, Sheryl Manalastas and Sherbien Dacalanio’s Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin, Lauren Sevilla Faustino’s Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok.

Films that are Courtesy of the Embassy of Spain include Sebastian Borensztein’s Un Cuento Chino, Gerardo Herrero’s Silencio en la Nieve, Enrique Urbizu’s No Habra paz para los Malvados, Miguel Olid’s two documentary features under a collective heading, Dos Miradas a la Muerte while films that are Courtesy of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are Fina Torres’ Habana Eva and Luis Alberto Lamata’s Miranda Regresa, Haik Gazarian’s Venezzia.

The free screening starts at 9:30AM at Cinema 1, Feb. 22-23 while screening at Cinema 3 starts at 10AM, Feb. 22-23. — FDCP/City Hall PIO