DAVAO CITY, Oct. 12 (PIA)- Three short films from Davao City are part of the 145 films from all over the country which will be shown on this year's Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) this coming October 31- November 15.
The PPP is a flagship project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines which is a showcase of Filipino films held during the Buwan ng Wika. The fourth PPP (PPP4) will be the first time that the festival will be held online thru the FDCPchannel.ph.
According to Undersecretary Liza Dino, chairperson of the FDCP the PPP4 adopts the theme "Sama All" which roughly translates to 'all coming together'.
"Hindi lang to para sa stakeholders sa industriya para to sa audience, kung meron kaming event na para sa lahat, para sa sambayanang Pilipino ito yun, (This is not just for the stakholders of the industry this is for the audience, if we have an event for all for the whole nation this is it) Usec. Dino said.
She said this is also the first time that PPP will be having short films from the various film festivals in the regions.
One of the film festivals that is represented in the PPP is the Davao City-based Mindanao Film Festival.
The MFF has sent three short films; the documentary "Budots: The Craze," the mockumentary "Anong Nangyari Kay Andrew Magsilang" and the short film Trabungko.
Budots: The Craze by Jay Rosas and Mark Limbaga is a documentary about "budots" a popular street dance which originated in Camus, a barangay in downtown Davao City.
"Anong Nangyari Kay Andrew Magsilang," by Neo Bryce, Cris Manero, Ivan Cabanial is a mock documentary produced as part of Davao City's anti-single use plastics campaign. The film was shot in 24-hours as part of the Guerrilla Filmathon 24-hour filmmaking competition.
"Trabungko" by Joshua Medroso is an adaptation of an old barangay myth set in Tibungco in Davao City, it won Best Film award in the 2019 Mindanao Film Festival.
"I, along with my co-directors Cris Manero and Ivan Cabanial, are very excited show our film to a wider audience. We're very proud of the work we've done and we still very much believe in the environmental message of our story. We hope that it, in its own way, helps educate people about the ongoing climate change crisis and being just true to who you are and your principles as a human being," says Neo Bryce of "Anong Nangyari kay Andrew Magsilang."
"More than anything, I am simply proud and excited to share Trabungko to a wider range of people, for them to experience the magic of our undiscovered, less told narratives here in the regions," Joshua Medroso the filmmaker behind Trabungko told this writer shortly after the PPP online presser held on Oct. 8.
"For the film, I'm happy that this is another chance for more people to get to see the film. And in general, the online edition for me is a welcome development given the shift to virtual consumption of media due to the pandemic but at the same time, FDCP could also look into this as a continuing and hopefully sustainable platform for films from the region to have distribution, "Jay Rosas, the filmmaker behind Budots, said of the PPP's venture into the online platform.
Aside from the short films, Davao City will be represented by Bagane Fiola's full-length "Baboy Halas" which was shot in the hinterlands of Marilog. The film was part of the 2016 QCinema Film Festival.
Meanwhile, Arbi Barbarona's full-length film "The Highest Peak" shot in Mt. Apo and in some parts of Davao City will be having its world premiere in the festival. (PIA/RG Alama)