The newly-launched Sineng Pambansa film festival of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, after a successful premier in Iloilo City on January 19- 21, was held in Zamboanga City last Feb. 23-25.
The third Sineng Pambansa heads for Baguio City on March 25 to 27.
FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos reported that the Sineng Pambansa in Zamboanga City was the result of coordination with the city government led by Mayor Celso Lobregat.
SP is an FDCP program that features the free exhibition of films—features and documentaries by both mainstream and independent Filipino film-makers—to precede the celebration of a traditional feast or cultural event in a locality.
The FDCP is tasked to support and promote the development of the country’s film industry and to enhance through films our rich and diverse cultural identity and heritage.
The films shown during the three-day festival included: Concerto by Paul Moraes; Di Natatapos ang Gabi by Ato Bautista; Emir by Chito Rono; Halaw by Sheron Dayoc; Limbuan by Teng Mangansakan; Kano by Monster Jimenez; Ang Muindo sa panahaon ng ato by Mes de Guzman; Sabungero by Rozie Delgado & Miguel Kaimo; and Zamboanga by Edgardo de Castro.
Chairman Santos reported that the head count of viewers of the SP films reached 15,000, which was proof that audiences are “hungry for films that truly touch the Filipino, as only Filipino-made films can.”
All the films were exhibited at the Mindpro Citimall of Vicente Toh.
Santos mentioned that during the screening of Halaw, the viewers included Muslim schoolgirls from Barangay Taluksangay, where the film was shot.
In last January’s Sineng Pambansa in Iloilo City, over 24,000 people watched 11 independent films in two cinemas of the SM Iloilo complex.
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; and Yanggaw of Richard Somes
Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog said Sineng Pambansa was a success because his city, as well as the whole province, is an untapped market for indie films.
Sineng Pambansa will return next year to Zamboanga City and Iloilo City—and all other cities or towns where it will be held later—as it is intended to be an annual event.
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