The University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) will hold the 19th International Women’s Film Festival from March 9 to 11, 2010.
The theme of this film festival is Claiming Spaces for Women’s Voices and one of its major activities is a film congress. The congress will be held daily from 9 a.m. with a minimal registration fee of P300.
In the afternoons, there will be film screenings with free admission. The films include South Africa’s Copurting Justice, directed by Jane Lipman; and Filipino filmslike Serbis (Brillante Mendoza), In My Life (Olivia Lamasan), Kubrador (Jeffrey Jeturian), and Sana Maulit Muli (Olivia Lamasan).
The opening ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. on March 9 with the screening of the South African film. This is the first time that South Africa is participating in the festival. The Diwata Awards will also bestowed on two women who have made inroads in propelling women’s issues and concerns through their work in film.
There have been 8 outsanding Filipinas who were awarded the Diwata Award, namely, actress-producer Ms. Charo Santos-Concio, actress Vilma Santos, producer Lily Monteverde, scriptwriter Lualhati Bautista, directors Laurice Guilen, Marilou-Diaz Abaya and Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara and actress Bella Flores.
Some of the speakers for the film congress are: Dr. Sylvia Estrada Caludio, director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies; Dr. Odine de Guzman, deputy director for research and publications (UPCWS), Dr. Judy Taguiwalao, faculty regent, UP board of regents, Prof. Roselle Leah Rivera, UP College of Social Work and Development, film producers Atty. Joji Alonso and Bridget Pickering, and Miriam Colege Prof. Brian Bantugan.
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