NAGA CITY, March 24 (PNA) -- The Archdiocese of Caceres in partnership with the Department of Education, Naga City government, Bicol Association of Catholic Schools or BACS in Libmanan and Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCom) launched on Thursday (March 23) the fourth Peñafrancia Short Film Festival 2017 as part of preparations for the annual regional religious fiesta in September.
But unlike the three previous short film festivals honoring the ,"Our Lady of Peñafrancia" or "Ina" to her legion of devotees, which tap the talents of amateur filmmakers, this year’s organizers want to showcase the talents of student filmmakers.
Organizers said to qualify in the festival the entries must be submitted by those from Grade 7 to Grade 12 and studying in any school in the Bicol region.
Only one entry in each school will be accepted with all members of the production team officially enrolled for the first semester of schoolyear 2017-2018.
Also, the actors in the film must be enrolled with the exception of the roles involving elderly actors. The mentor or coach of the production team is required to be officially employed in the participating school.
To be listed among the official entries in the short film festival, the organizers require the submission of a filled-up registration form and letter of intent and payment of P1,000 registration fee on or before June 20, 2017.
Entries that had been featured in local and national competitions, uploaded in the social media and other platforms are disqualified and only original creations that do not violate violation copyright laws could be accepted.
The past three short film festivals in honor of Ina gave top recognition to the short films created by Ronald Rebutica (Sakay, 2013), Jordan de la Cruz (Nawawara, 2014) and Aljanmar Rebeta (Laboy, 2015).
Fr. Louie Occiano, CCCom head, said all the three top filmmakers in the previous three short film festivals are now into indie filmmaking.
He said this year’s festival, which aims “to bring the pulpit to the cinema,” carries the theme “bridging communities through Christian values and Ina.” Student filmmakers should interpret the theme in a film not shorter than 10 minutes but not longer than 20 minutes in length.
Occiano added the short film festival opens opportunity for student filmmakers to bring out their talents in promoting the devotion to the Bicol patroness and at the same time be able to reach out to the young generation and devotees wherever they may be.
Entries to the short film festival will be judged by a panel of professional filmmakers, documentarians and selected staff from CCCom.
According to the rules of the festival, the short film must “highlight the role and identity of every lay faithful and the essence of devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.”
Included in the criteria for the content of the short film are that it should courageously portray Christian values, promote deep faith in God and include Filipino or Bicolano culture and identity.
The short film festival “definitely disqualifies immoral, defamatory, obscene or scandalous content or similar content deemed unfit for the theme of the festival or Christian values,” said Occiano.
The winners who will make the cut after the deadline of entry submission on August 15, 2017, will receive cash prizes of P50,000 with trophy for the best picture; P25,000 and trophy for second best picture; and P15,000 for the third best picture.
During the launching of the short film festival, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona pledged to add P10,000 more for the best picture prize and P5,000 more for the second and third best picture prizes. (PNA) JEJR