Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Iloilo Film Festival to be held this January

The Iloilo City government will host the screening of some eleven independent films for free in Cinemas 2 and 3 of SM City Iloilo starting January 19 to 23, 2011.

The critically acclaimed indie movies are the feature films in the “Sineng Pambansa Iloilo Film Festival 2011”, a project spearheaded by the city government in cooperation with Film Development Council of the Philippines which is under the Office of the President.

The 11 films include “Lola”, “Sigwa”, “Red Shoes”, “Bakal Boys”, “Halaw”, “Himpapawid” (Manila Skies), “Sampaguita”, “Yanggaw”, “Kano”, “Happy Land”, and “Emir”.

According to the Iloilo City Information Office “Yanggaw” of Richard Somes is the sole Ilonggo feature included in the film festival.

The City Information Office said that Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog worked out the realization of the film fest following his meeting with FDCP Chairperson, Usec. Briccio Santos as part of his efforts to show the Ilonggos’ awareness in movies, culture and arts. Likewise, the event will highlight the city’s capability to host film event and draw art patrons.

Some of the dignitaries invited to attend the formal launching and grand opening program on January 19 are the Ambassadors of France, Italy and other European countries.

Also, expected to perform during the program include renowned Filipino pianist Raul Sanico and popular Ilonggo artists.

The three-day event will be a prelude to this year’s Dinagyang Festival on January 21 to 23. (PIA)

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