Thursday, 7 June 2018

Subic to host first international filmfest

By Archie Liao

Subic, a fast-growing ecotourism site and an industrial hub, is hosting its first ever international filmfest. It aims to provide a venue for filmmakers to showcase their works, to connect to a larger audience through the diversity of their voices and to promote a better understanding of cultures among nations. 

One of the highlights of the festival is the “One Big Pitch” wherein filmmakers can present storylines that will be financed through SBIFF’s initiative. For its maiden edition, six Pinoy films of universal appeal were chosen as finalists. They are Joel Lamangan’s Bhoy Intsik, Neal Tan’s Balatkayo, Cia Hermosa-Jorge’s Old Skool, Dominic Nuesa’s Ang Araw sa Likod Mo, Mike Magat’s Isang Hakbang and CC Woodruff Jr’s Rolyo. The entries will be screened at the Harborpoint Cinemas from June 22-24. Admission is free to the public. 

The six films in competition will vie for awards in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best in Screenplay, Best in Cinematography, Best in Production Design, and Best in Music. 

The awards night will take place on June 24 at the mall’s activity center. Also to be conferred special awards are Cannes best actress Jaclyn Jose with the Filipino International Artist Award, multi-awarded actor-director Eddie Garcia with the Philippine Cinema Legacy Award and prolific director Elwood Perez with Master in Cinema award. All three will receive trophies to honor their contribution and legacy in bringing Philippine cinema to the world.

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