Cinekasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival, on its fifth year, will commence tomorrow (December 1) at SM City Iloilo’s Cinema 7, 6 pm. The fifth edition opens with Tara Illenberger’s “High Tide” and TM Malones’ “Bawod”. Director Tara Illenberger recently bagged major win in To Farm Film Festival 2017. Filmmaker TM Malones, meanwhile, is one of Cinemalaya’s finalist this year and Cinema One’s finalist last year. Filmmaker Reymundo Salao, behind last year’s “Dungol” and this year’s “Dalitan”, is also a finalist in the FACINE 24 in San Francisco USA, competing with CineKasimanwa’s Festival Director and likewise Ilonggo filmmaker, Elvert Bañares.
CineKasimanwa has risen up as the number one regional film festival in terms of number of films produced locally, year-round audience attendance, number of venues, number of satellite screenings and outreach programs. Between 2013 to 2016, CineKasimanwa has world-premiered more than 300 short films from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental. Year after year, it was able to make more than 100% increase in submissions from its previous year. This, together with increased audience attendance in four major film venues, makes CineKasimanwa a significant figure in generating new films and/or multimedia works rooted on Western Visayas culture.
CineKasimanwa will stay with SM Cinema 7 from December 1 to December 6, 2017 and will culminate with an awards night and an FDCP Filmmakers Night Party. FDCP Chair Liza Diño will be the Very Special Guest of the Awards Night. The festival continues to Roxas City Capiz, December 8 to 10 at Robinsons Movieworld Capiz, and in Antique on December 16 to 17 at Robinsons Movieworld Antique.
Ilonggo Cinema is currently one of the most active in the country. Western Visayas is a haven of rich cultural heritage and colorful stories. This year’s tagline “Dekalidad sang Komunidad” (Quality of the Community) highlights this year’s keen focus in producing quality works. There are two main sections, from among the ten, this year. The Western Visayas Film Grants Program which has eight “Centerpiece Selectios” is the first regional short film grants program in the country which is produced by CineKasimanwa and the Department of Tourism – Region VI and presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and CineLokal; and the Student Competitions presented by FDCP.
The eight films under the Centerpiece Selections – four full-length films and four shorts – are as follows: “Manggagarab” by Kyle Fermindoza, “Dalitan” by Reymundo Salao, “Higante Kag Mga Misteryo Sang Kuweba” by Ramjun Valasote and Dane Arsulo, “Iloy” by Gary Tabanera. “Empyreus: Mga Ganhaan Sang Pagtilaw” by Dennis Hubag, “Luha Sang Bulalakaw” by Kenneth De La Cruz, “Ugsad” by Kenneth Borlan, and “Saliwat” by Jay Palmares.
In the Student Competition, CineKasimanwa has received more than 90 submissions which will be narrowed to ten finalists. The Student Competition is an inter-school film contest wherein students submit their film to win prizes and shall be Western Visayas’ official film representative to the FDCP National Inter-School Film Competition next year.
Below: Omnibus Trailer of the Eight (8) CineKasimanwa Films: