Four (4) short films made by local directors from Northern Mindanao made it to the Cinema Rehiyon 2010 — a non-competition film festival, and one of the seven flagship projects of this year’s Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) Ani ng Sining celebration on February 17-21 at the Bulwagang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Phils.

The four are as follows: (Film and Director)

  1. CHECKMATE – Katherine Aine G. Codas (Iligan)
  2. SEALED – Glenmark Doromal (Iligan)
  3. SHE’S MY ANGEL – Ray Venenoso (Iligan)
  4. PILI-AY – Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy (CDO)

Last year, NorMin sent 3 films, namely:

  1. Windows of Dreams – Rosalie Zerrudo (Camiguin)
  2. Kasing-kasing Amang – Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy (CDO)
  3. Kiss the Rain – Tzaddi Esguerra (Iligan)

With the majority of today’s formulaic indie films shot in the grimy streets, and in derelict buildings and slums of the metro, Cinema Rehiyon 2010 offers film enthusiasts with a breath of fresh air with its unique mix of films set in the filmmakers’ respective regions, and shot in their local dialects.

Also, the project gives both budding, and established regional filmmakers, the opportunity to showcase their unique cultures in cinematic form.

This year, expect a bigger, more diverse film festival with the participation of over 10 featured cities and regional centers from all over the country. The regional centers and cities to be featured this year are: Bacolod, Baguio, Bohol, Calabarzon, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and Samar.

The Cinema Committee, headed by Dr. Miguel Rapatan, and Vice-Head Teddy Co, led the selection of standout short and full-length films from each participating regions. The chosen films will be screened in the culminating film festival to be held at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde in the Cultural Center of the Philippines from February 17 to 20. Entrance is free of charge.

PIAF is held every February, as part of the National Arts Month in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 683 signed by President Corazon Aquino in 1991. The month-long celebration is led by NCCA Chairman, Dr. Vilma Labrador, Executive Director, Cecile Guidote Alvarez, and PIAF Festival Director and Head of Subcommission on Arts, Ricardo de Ungria.

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