Aimee Apostol Escasa’s “Katapusan nga Handum” earned five major awards including Best Director, Best Performance by an actor in a lead role, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Short Film. Aklan’s entry, “Sa Pagtunod It Adlaw” by Romart Martesano won Best Musical Score while Antique’s “Ang Panglakaton” by Mia Reyes was given Sulyap Kultura Award and automatically invited to the next Cinema Rehiyon. Guimaras’ “Sa Dapadapa sang Balaan Bukid” by Noel Galon De Leon was presented the Jury Award for Directing and Best Performance by an actress in a role.
The short films were judged by four renowned and respected personalities in the film industry including the award-winning directors Peque Gellaga and Lore Reyes, Teddy Co of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and Tara Illenberger of the Western Visayas Filmmakers Network.
DOT Region VI Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas said that Western Visayas Film Festival is under the flagship campaign “Experience Western Visayas First”.
“We recognize the role of all media in tourism promotion. This time, we have turned to film and cinema as means of highlighting the premier tourist destinations, attractions and facilities. We are very glad that Cinekasimanwa founder Elvert Bañares accepted the challenge to make film as among the various media of promotion that the Department of Tourism has tapped to help promote the region. The film festival highlighted tourist attractions and facilities in Western Visayas without coming out as too promotional. I believe that Western Visayans will be better hosts only if they know their region better, including their feelings and soul as a people”, Catalbas further added.
The week-long film festival showcased 112 local short and full-length films that were produced by local filmmakers from the different provinces of Western Visayas.
“These films are for Filipinos from other regions to experience Western Visayas first and appreciate its people and culture and also for other nationalities to come and enjoy Region 6 before they do other regions of the country”, Director Catalbas concluded.
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