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Davao City National High School bags best film award

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – A group of junior high school students from Davao City National High School (DCNHS) led this year’s winners of the 2017 Adolescent and Development Film Festival after their entry, “Kadlaw’n” (Dawn), was adjudged best film on Wednesday at the Pinnacle Hotel & Suites here. The 10-member crew won in the 15-minute […]

Salamindanaw Asian film festival bares winners

An Indonesian film was announced the winner for best Asian feature film in the recently concluded Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival in General Santos, southern Philippines. BW Purba Negara’s Ziarah won best Asian feature film besting eight other entries.  The jury, composed of stage and film actress Fe Virtudazo-Hyde and filmmaker Raya Martin, cited the film for “a […]

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It’s that time of year once again. 

SalaMindanaw International Film Festival is on its third year. It will be organized from November 18 to December 2, 2015 in the cities of General Santos and Cotabato, Southern Philippines.
The Festival will open with an exhibit at SM City Gensan on November 18 called Fluid Boundaries – Bridging Central Mindanao and Southeast Asia Through Cinema which shall feature a photo exhibit of films made in Central Mindanao in the last ten years as well as in neighboring Southeast Asian countries that share common images and issues forming a unique film iconography and discourse. The exhibit is co-presented by the Department of Tourism XII.
Six films will vie in the Festival’s Asian full-length competition. These are Chasing Waves (Charliebebs Gohetia, Philippines), Under Construction (Rubaiyat Hossain, Bangladesh), Jalanan (Daniel Ziv, Indonesia), Snakeskin (Daniel Hui, Singapore), River of Exploding Durians (Edmund Yeo, Malaysia) and Crescent Moon (Ismail Basbeth, Indonesia).
Meanwhile, seven films will compete in the Asian short film section. These are Elegy (Yousef Kargar, Iran), When The Boats Come In (Khin Maung Kyaw, Myanmar), Man in The Cinema House (Bernard Jay Mercado, Philippines), The Cat and The Orange Seeds (Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Vietnam),  November (Shane Lim, Singapore), Following Diana (Kamila Andini, Indonesia) and The Young Man Who Came From The Chee River (Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand).
With the exception of Bangladesh and Iran, all films in the line up are from Southeast Asia.
On our third year, the Festival’s programming is closer the vision of SalaMindanaw, which is to make the Festival a platform for Southeast Asian cinema.
This year (2015) marks the start of ASEAN Integration. General Santos and Cotabato are strategic locations for regional cinemas across the east ASEAN region due to its proximity to other regional film hubs such as Davao and Zamboanga in the Philippines, and Palu and Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Cotabato is also the seat of the regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Cinema can bridge Southeast Asia and bring its people closer.
SalaMindanaw is also organizing the inaugural Mindanao Screen Lab this year. In partnership with forumZFD, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Mindanao State University Gensan – Graduate School, the Screen Lab is designed as an intensive learning program that provides emerging Mindanao filmmakers hands on training as well as project development sessions that will transform ideas into films. Aside from skills development, the Screen Lab is also aimed at developing young filmmakers who can serve as ambassadors of peace and cultural diversity by instilling a critical appreciation of the issues and challenges to peace in Mindanao. Mentors include award winning Filipino filmmakers John Torres and Sherad Anthony Sanchez and Singaporean auteur Kan Lume.
SalaMindanaw is the first and only international film festival in Mindanao. It is organized by the Mindanao Center for the Cinematographic Arts (Mindanao Cinematografica).

salamindanaw unveils 2014 line up

SalaMindanaw International Film Festival has announced the official line up of their second edition from November 26 to 29, 2014 in General Santos City.
The Festival will open with The Sermon of the Contemplative Sinner, a dance film produced by SalaMindanaw in collaboration with Teatro Ambahanon.
Eleven films will vie in the Asian shorts competition. These are After The Winter (Jow Zhi Wei, (Singapore-Taiwan-France), Auntie Ma’am Has Never Had a Passport (Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand), Chicken Curry (Lwin Ko Ko Oo, Myanmar), Cita (Andi Burhamzah, Indonesia), Dindo (Martika Escobar Ramirez, Philippines), Geography Lessons (Petersen Vargas, Philippines), Qafas (Prateek Srivastava, India), Somewhere Only We Know (Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand), Stopping The Rain (Aditya Ahmad, Indonesia), Talking To My Best Friend (Le Nguyen, Vietnam) and Wan An (Yandy Laurens, Indonesia). With the exception of India, all films in the line up are from Southeast Asia.
“Our programming this year reflects the vision of SalaMindanaw, which is to make the Festival a platform for Southeast Asian cinema,” festival director Teng Mangansakan revealed. SalaMindanaw is the first and only international film festival in Mindanao.
Mangansakan added that Southeast Asian cinema is particularly thrilling now because of the development of film movements outside of the capital. Indonesia is represented in the Festival by three films made in the Sulawesi city of Makassar east of Jakarta while one of the Filipino entries is a Kapampangan film. “It is an exciting time to be Southeast Asian and a regional filmmaker at the same time,” Mangansakan noted.
Meanwhile, the Mindanao shorts competition line up comprise of Abakada ni Nanay (Joni Mejico, Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay), Apasol (Ryanne Murcia, Zamboanga), Cresilda (Art Orillanida, Gensan), Dead Stars (Amaya Han, Gensan), End of War (Joe Bacus, Cagayan de Oro), Good Morning, Joey (Monalyn Labado, Davao), Inukban (Lew Avila, Davao), Jamir (Genory Vanz Alfasain, Sarangani), K’na (Anjeilee Pacuin, Gensan) and Sap’ng (Rahil Maningcara, Gensan).
A new section called Philippine Next Cinema seeks to introduce new voices and visions in the host country’s cinema. The line up is composed of Bastes, May Anne M (Bebe Go), Illustrated By (Pepper Marcelo), Magdalena (Anna Isabelle Estein), Sonata Maria (Bagane Fiola) and The Unforgetting (Carl Joseph Papa).  
The Gensan Screen Lab, an intensive workshop intended to develop and cultivate new filmmakers in Mindanao, will culminate with the screening of six short films.
In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre and the little know Martial Law that followed, the Festival will present a special non-competitive section Cinema and Remembrance. The films include Maliw (Rob Jara), Missing (Zig Dulay), Pieta (Herwin Benedictos Cabasal) and the recipient of this year’s Golden Leopard at Locarno Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (Lav Diaz).
The four-day Festival will close with Little Azkals, a documentary by Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez whose film Jazz in Love won the NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film in the inaugural edition of SalaMindanaw. 

salamindanaw returns

The second edition of SalaMindanaw International Film Festival will take place from November 25 to 29, 2014.The call for submissions is now open for the following sections: Asian full length, Asian shorts, and Mindanao shorts. Narrative, documentary an…

salamindanaw international film festival emerges

A new exciting event emerges in the Philippines’ tuna capital. 
The inaugural SalaMindanaw International Film Festival organized by the SOCSKSARGEN Center for Film Arts, Inc. and the Mindanao Center for the Moving Image will unroll its red carpet in General Santos City from November 26th to the 30th, 2013 coinciding with the Mindanao Week of Peace.
The Festival shall present feature films by established Filipino and international directors alongside short films by budding Mindanao filmmakers in six sections (5 competitive and one non-competitive exhibition): Asian full-length film competition, Asian short film competition, Mindanao short film competition, Summer Film Camp shorts, General Santos inter-school film competition with the theme “Caring for the Seas”, and International Perspectives.
For details on how to submit entries, please go to