Zambo film fest set on February 23-25 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011 16:48

It’s now official. Zamboanga City will host “Sineng Pambansa”, a film festival featuring 9 Filipino films at the Mindpro cinema February 23-25 highlighting the celebration of the 74th Dia de Zamboanga.

The city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through chairman Briccio Santos formally forged yesterday the memorandum of agreement (MOA) outlining the duties and responsibilities of the organizing agencies.
Sineng Pambansa is a program thrust of the FDCP intended to revitalize the local film industry through its slogan “bringing back Filipino films to the Filipinos”. It was first launched in Ilo-ilo city last month and is now revolving in the different cities in the country.

“We did not have second thoughts in accepting the proposal of the FDCP to host the film festival,” the mayor said in a press briefing after the signing ceremony at City Hall before noon yesterday, as he expressed gratitude to the FDP for choosing Zamboanga to be the venue of the film festival in Mindanao.

He continued: “Zamboanga is the cradle of history and culture in Mindanao”. He felt elated that one of the films to be screened is the 1939 film “Zamboanga”. “We are very much into promoting our culture and history especially our language, Chabacano”.

FDCP chair Santos said the reason why Zamboanga was chosen to host the film festival is for Mindanao to be represented given its rich cultural tradition. “Zamboanga is a hub of many different people—both Muslims and Christians; it has colorful and rich cultural tradition and it is very timely to initiate Sineng Pambansa here because of the Dia de Zamboanga celebration”.

Tentatively the films to be screened in two cinemas in Mindpro from Feb. 23-25 include “Zamboanga”, “Limbunan”, “Hala”, “Kano”, “Sabungero”, “Di natatapos ang gabi”, “Mundo sa Panahon ng bato” and “Concerto”.

Aside from screening Filipino films, the viewers will also have a chance of asking questions concerning the film after each and every screening. Admission to the screening is free but tickets will be issued to different groups and sectors.

Santos said trainings and seminars on film making and cinematography will also be held during screening dates in chosen venues in the city.

Standing as witness in the MOA yesterday were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde for the city government side and Executive Director Jose Miguel de la Rosa of the FDCP. Others who witnessed the signing ceremony included officers and members of the Council on Culture, History and Arts headed by Prof. Bert Torres.

Mayor Lobregat meanwhile appealed to the media to help promote Sineng Pambansa and do its share in instilling interest among movie goers to patronize local films. — Sheila Covarrubias