By: Isabella Marie A. Zerrudo
THE circle of Western Visayan filmmakers creates a solid support system for its roster of talents and one way to shows their support is through the Annual Traditional Filmmakers Send-Off for the nationwide Cinema Rehiyon.
The latest send-off event was held at Madge Cafe-Atria last Feb 19, 2018 and organized by Reymundo Salao and Noel De Leon, coordinators of the Western Visayas Filmmakers Network (WVFN).
Region VI boasts of 12 filmmakers who were sent to represent Western Visayas during this year’s Cinema Rehiyon, which is the twice the number of delegates that were chosen last year and the biggest number of delegates from Western Visayas since it joined Cinema Rehiyon.
The films and filmmakers chosen were:
High Tide by Tara Illenberger
Bawod by TM Malones
Manggagarab by Kyle Fermindoza
Iloy by Gary Tabanera
Empyreus: Mga Ganhaan Sang Pagtilaw by Dennis Hubag
Luha Sang Bulalakaw by Kenneth De la Cruz
Ugsad by Kenneth Borlan
Hunahuna ni Lola Ising by Cyrus Balasabas
Dalit by Belle Kay Loyola
Singgit Sang Nalisdan by Caro Navarrete
Alibungan by Matthew Piodena
Asu by Enzo Dilag
The send-off serves as a venue for local filmmakers to share tips and experience that will help the new batch of Western Visayan delegates for Cinema Rehiyon prepare for the big event which runs from Feb 26 to 28 in Manila.
Salao is confident in the “rich” potential and skill of Region VI’s filmmakers saying that “we’re blessed because we are very rich (in) really great filmmakers and we’re hoping that there will be more to come.”
Rest assured that the Cinema Rehiyon delegates are not the only cream of the crop because, as Salao says, “damo-damo pa gid sang mga nami nga filmmakers and films sa bilog nga Western Visayas.”
Salao hopes that Iloilo’s film culture will continue to flourish until it becomes “a center for regional filmmaking”.