By: Isabella Marie A. Zerrudo
“ANG ATON nga mga pelikula subong pwede gid ya naton ma pang-laban (Our films nowadays can compete).”
This is how Cinekasimanwa: The Western Visayas Film Festival director Elvert Bañares described the region’s films during a press conference at Ocean City on General Luna Street, Iloilo City, Nov 30, 2017.
Bañares said Ilonggos continue to create movies which can match not only those made by Metro Manila outfits but even international productions.
“Every year naga-strive gid kita himo sang pelikula nga maka tupong sa kalidad sang internasyonal, indi lang sa Manila, in fact damo kita sang pelikula subong nga mahambal ko ya mas matahum kesa sa mga mainstream nga mga films,” Bañares said.
The caliber and quality of the films to be showcased in Cinekasimanwa’s 5th edition is what makes this year a standout from previous Cinekasimanwa festivals.
“Tahum gid ya subong nga year,” Bañares said.
He said he made sure that filmmakers participating in this year’s film festival would produce quality films.
“We cannot settle for less anymore,” he added.
The film fest will run from Dec 1 to 17 with various activities that will highlight Western Visayan talents ranging from students to professionals, either in short or full-length films covering a variety of genres.
The film fest officially starts 6p.m. today at SM Cinema 7, and will keep running in SM Cinema 7 until Dec 6.
On Dec 6, a culmination activity and awards night will be held with Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Diño as guest of honor.
Cinekasimanwa will continue in Roxas City, Capiz, on Dec. 8 to 10 at Robinsons Movieworld Capiz and in Antique on Dec. 16 to 17 at Robinsons Movieworld Antique.
The film fest will also include a film literacy workshop on Dec 1 and 2 with Tito Valiente and Patrick Camos, both film and media exemplars. The workshop starts 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Cinematheque Iloilo City and the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Cinematheque in Iloilo City.
Bañares said Ilonggos are hard to please which extends to their taste in films.
Because of that, Cinekasimanwa was motivated to provide meaningful and intellectual films that suit the palate and intellect of Ilonggos.
“Even if they don’t like the film they will not say ‘daw ka dumb man sini’, indi ko gusto sina. Gin himu-an gid namon paagi nga tahum gid siya,” Bañares said.
Ilonggos always had a rich film culture, Bañares explained, and having a film literacy workshop will help more people articulate their thoughts and opinions using movies.
Film fests like Cinekasimanwa contribute to the growth of the local film industry in Iloilo and the entire Western Visayas.
“Cinekasimanwa (is) naging medium siya to unite Ilonggo film makers because gulpi sila nagka venue which was not there before,” said FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo City head Daniella Caro.
Caro said local filmmakers now have an opportunity to showcase their work to the public and even the possibility of being exposed to national or international audiences.
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