The first ever Sineng Pambansa film festival of the Film Development Council of the Philippines had a successful premier in Iloilo City on January 19 to 21 and now heads for Zamboanga City in February and Baguio City in March.
FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos reported that the first Sineng Pambansa—held in coordination with the city government led by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog—was supported by cinephiles and students.
Santos said that over 24,000 people watched 11 independent films in two cinemas of the SM Iloilo complex. The two theaters have seating capacities of 800 and 614 and were always full during the screenings.
The following indie films were shown during the 1st Sineng Pambansa film festival:
–Bakal Boys of Ralston Jover
–Emir of Chito Rono
–Halaw of Sheron Dayoc
–Happyland of Jim Libiran
–Himpapawid of Raymond Red
–Kano of Monster Jimenez
–Lola of Brillante Mendoza
–Red Shoes of Raul Jorolan
–Sampaguita of Francis Xavier Pasion
–Sigwa of Joel Lamangan
–Yanggaw of Richard Somes
The Iloilo City cineastes actively participated in the open forum that was held after every screening. Film workshops were also conducted at UP Visayas.
Mayor Mabilog said Sineng Pambansa was a success because his city, as well as the whole province, is an untapped market for indie films.
FDCP Chairman Santos said Iloilo City was the choice for the first venue of Sineng Pambansa because of its rich cultural tradition and heritage, geographic location and the presence of numerous educational institutions.
Sineng Pambansa will return to Iloilo City in January next year as it is intended to be an annual event.
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