FOR the first time, a Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 6 Western Visayas Film grantee was included in 2018 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 3-12, 2018.
Western Visayas Film Grant Program is funded by the DOT-6 to help talented filmmakers from Western Visayas for the production of their short films showing regional culture and tourist destinations in the region.
The Manggagarab (Man with A Sickle) by Kyle Fermindoza and produced by Department of Tourism (DOT) Region VI and CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival was part of the Indie Nation Category of Cinemalaya 2018. It was screened at Cinemalaya last August 8, 2018 at the CCP Dream Theater.
The CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival is the only regional film festival that has been included in the Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018.
“Department of Tourism Region VI has always been proud of the Western Visayas film grantees because they help in the development and promotion of culture and destinations in Region VI through their films. With the achievement of Manggagarab to be included in the Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018, it provides a chance to show to a bigger avenue the talent of Ilonggo filmmakers and the destinations in Western Visayas,” DOT Region VI Director Helen Catalbas said.
Meanwhile, DOT-6 and CineKasimanwa also put up a booth at the Cinemalaya Film Market 2018. The booth features eight films of other Western Visayas Film grantees.
The DOT-6 is looking forward to discovering more filmmakers in Western Visayas that could make films that depict stories from Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.
“We are hoping that through Manggagarab’s entry to Cinemalaya 2018, more filmmakers from Western Visayas will be inspired and can come up with good films showcasing the importance of people and their dreams, culture and the beautiful destinations in Region VI. The Department of Tourism Region VI is ready to help them through the Western Visayas Film Grant Program,” Catalbas added. (MDO)