Zambo Filmfest participants feted in Red Carpet Night PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:23

The 2013 Zamboanga International Film Festival culminated February 23 with a Red Carpet tribute to film fest participants at the posh Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.
Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the City Government, the 2013 Zamboanga International Film Festival exhibited great short Filipino films and international films courtesy of the Embassies of Spain and Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela from Feb. 22-23 at Mindpro Cinemas 1 and 3.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and FDCP Chair Briccio Santos spearheaded the elegant recognition night which was graced by other Spanish Consul to Mindanao Ramon Balaguer, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim and Rogelio Valesco Jr., Jose Maria Grandiola of Instituto Cervantes, actress-comedienne Tessie Tomas, Spanish film maker Miguel Olid, Maj. General Nicanor Guevarra of the 3rd Air Division, Col. Rufo Junio, commander of the 530th Air Base Wing, other FDCP officials, members of the business sector, Council for Culture and Arts, academe and city department heads.

One highlight of the Red Carpet celebration was the awarding of winners in the Cine Chabacano Short Film Competition which had 7 participating entries. Each director was presented by the FDCP with a certificate of appreciation and their short film entries will be included in the agency’s archives.

“El Sentimiento del maga Quieto” directed by Joseph Vincent Suarez bagged the first place with P15,000 cash prize; “El Rezo di Maria Ressa” of Aedrian Araojo placed second with P10,000 cash prize while “Marital Status: ?” by Joseph Vincent Suarez bagged the third prize of P5,000. All winners received certificates of honor from the FDCP.

The red carpet celebration ended with the screening of Genghis Khan.

In his message, Mayor Celso Lobregat said for the third straight year, the city of Zamboanga partnered with the FDCP for a film festival in the quest for continuous recognition and promotion of Philippine cinema as well as celebrate Filipino talents and their contributions to the country.

“Since last year, we have expanded the festival to cover selected international films courtesy of some embassies—for this year we have the Embassy of Spain and the Embassy of Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela,” Lobregat said.

He said the three-year partnership signaled how working together can help realize the goals towards meeting the challenges of an increasingly dynamic film industry.

A testament to this fruitful collaboration is the construction of the Zamboanga Cinematheque at Pettit Barracks, following the groundbreaking ceremony last January 26.

He thanked the FDCP under the leadership of Briccio Santos for picking Zamboanga as partner and for the various equipment to include the projector and screen that were installed as a permanent fixture in the newly-built Centro Latino multi-purpose building for film showing while the Cinematheque construction is still under process.

The FDCP has agreed that the said equipment shall no longer be removed when it moves to its new and permanent cinematheque once it is constructed. —Sheila Covarrubias