DAVAO CITY, Dec. 7 (PIA)- The 18th Mindanao Film Festival (MFF) opened via YouTube platform, the first time it will not be held in a physical cinema due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"No pandemic can stop us, with this we found a way to continue the MFF thru online screenings," says Rudolph Ian Alama, Festival Director of the Mindanao Film Festival.
The MFF is the longest running continuously held regional film festival which started in 2003 and was then known as the Guerrilla Filmmaking Festival.
This 2020 staging of the MFF will have 37 competition films, which are those filmed in Mindanao and made by Mindanaoan filmmakers. While 46 films have been lined-up for non-competition screenings.
The festival's opening film is Cagayan de Oro-based filmmaker Joe Bacus full-length film "Markado: The Moon Devourer". The film shot in Cagayan de Oro is a mix of live action and stop-motion animation and was screened in the 2019 QCinema International Film Festival in Quezon City and the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Fukuoka, Japan.
While the full-length "Oligase" shot in Davao City and produced by CBN Asia (Christian Broadcasting Networks Asia) will have its Mindanao premiere tonight (Dec. 7). The full-length film revolves around a Matigsalug lass who rebels against her elders' strict superstitious beliefs.
The 18th MFF will run from December 7-13. The festival jurors include Joe Bacus, actor Paolo Paraiso and film director Richard Somes.
The Mindanao Film Festival is organized by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation Inc. (MFTDFI) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines with the support of the Japan Foundation, Southspot, TM and the Alchemy of Vision and Light Studios. (PIA/Kevin Caro)