Cinemagis 6 Digital Short Film Festival Starts

Cinemagis 6, Northern Mindanao’s premier Digital Short Film Festival supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, has started the 2014 Season with much fanfare. This year has been marked with “bountiful harvest,” as many young and aspiring film makers of the region have submitted entries to the festival. Entries from local and regional universities in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan have made it to the cut, with themes that tackle social issues such as rape, poverty, acceptance, food and sanitation, climate, self-awareness, and even local stories like Typhoon Sendong.

Catch the Cinemagis 6 films at the following schedules:
January 24 and 25, 2014, 1 to 5PM
XU Little Theater and SM City Cagayan de Oro Cinema 3

January 23, 2014 saw the presentation of films and announcement of nominees for the different awards. After the film screening on the 24th (today) and on the 25th, the awards will be given to the deserving films.

Cinemagis has been a launchpad of various nationally known directors and films. A high school student, Glenn Mark Doromal who won previously in Cinemagis 2 (2010) was given a scholarship at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde for Film. His thesis film entitled “Walay Katapusang Adlaw (Infinite Sun),” which won acclamations and bagged the Grand Jury Prize during the 2013 Mindanao Film Festival, will be featured with special citation during the theatrical schedules listed above. Also featured during the presentation ceremony were notable films, such as a documentary film “Street Vendor” by students from MUST about the plight of vendors during the Hapsay Dalan campaign, and a film “Crossfire” by Arnel Mardoquio, two-time and Grand Prize Palanca Award Winner and Gawad Urian Best Screenplay and Best Director. “Crossfire” is about the life of civilians in Claveria, Misamis Oriental caught in the constant turmoil due to the rebel-military encounters.

Cinemagis 6 happens at the foot of NCCA’s Cinema Rehiyon, a touring Film Festival which will be held in February in Cagayan de Oro City. This comes as a great recognition of Northern Mindanao as a breeding ground for budding film makers.

In line with the growing number of film makers in the region, XCCA, the organizers of Cinemagis, is also encouraging film makers for the Sundance Institute’s new project that will use independent filmmaking to shed light on poverty and hunger around the world. They are inviting submissions of short documentary or narrative films (of 3-8 minutes) that depict innovations being made by individuals to combat poverty. The chosen films will receive a $10,000 grant and an invitation to a private screening of the films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Submissions are free and due before July 1, 2014.

Here are the entries for the Cinemagis 6, which you can catch today and tomorrow (January 25) at the XU Little Theater and at SM City Cagayan de Oro at 1-5PM:

Student Category
Binibining Cancer (JS Legara)
Ceasefire (Jamela Bato)
Kaon Ta (Richard Mars Caberte)
Perla (Angel Francis Borres)
The Perfect Girl (Janine Banday)
Unawa (Krystel Hypa Magallanes)
Wa Na’ko Nakita (Eastine Charles Taneo)
Lugos (Christine Pulgo)

Professional Category
Panamilit (Tat Soriano)
Estrella (Mark Gio Amoguis)
Hello (Kevin Nico Surposa)
Ika-III Putahi (Joe Bacus)
Lugdang (Grey-Em Erezo)

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