Indie films find audiences around the country
Festivals featuring independent films are being mounted all over the country.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) started the ball rolling this year with the first Sineng Pambansa in Iloilo City (Jan. 19-21). This was followed by the Bikol Film Festival in Naga (Jan. 31-Feb. 2), Bacollywood: Visayan Film Festival (Feb. 1-5) in Bacolod, and Cinema Rehiyon in Davao City (Feb. 9-12).
Through these regional events, indie films and filmmakers were able to touch base with local viewers.
Now on its second year, the Bikol fest was supported by the FDCP and the city government, and was initiated by local schools Ateneo de Naga University (Department of Media Studies headed by Dr. Digna Alba), Bicol University, Mabini College and Aquinas University, among others. Three feature films were shown: Alvin Yapan’s “Gayuma,” Jim Libiran’s “Happyland” and Veronica Velasco’s “Last Supper No. 3.”