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Film Event: 4th Navoteno Film Festival

Congratulations to all the participating schools of the 4th Navoteño Film Festival 2019. This project by the Navotas City Hall Public Information Office (PIO), which celebrates the theme "Navotas History and Culture," started last summer with a two-day filmmaking workshop with students and their teacher-advisers, followed by mentorship for the screenplays and the first cut of the films, and capped off with the awards night on June 22, 2019 at the Navotas Sports Complex. It is my privilege to be part of

An Epiphany: The issue on the Netflix film ‘Roma’ getting nominations at the Oscars

This decade is the Second Wave of the Digital Revolution in film and TV — It’s time to evolve. I read this post, alongside the many news reports about the 2019 Academy Awards lobbying for the qualification of the Alfonso Cuaron film “Roma,” being a Netflix film with minimal theatrical release: https://www.insidehook.com/article/movies/reality-bite-for-steven-spielberg-netflix-isnt-the-enemy-its-elitism Theory of evolution; survival of the fittest. My take, if you don’t evolve, you risk yourself of dying a natural death that may be way sooner than you expect. The issue

A brief history of the Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Aptly the season's last two award shows every year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards both celebrate the accomplishment of filmmakers and their motion-picure works, while clearly having the distinction of the former focusing on independent films and the latter mainly focusing on mainstream and large-scale film productions. These two prestigious award-giving bodies garner much attention as they cap off the awards season every year. In general, the public is already quite familiar with many things Oscars. How

Cinemanila celebrates its 11th year

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The annual Cinemanila International Film Festival celebrated its 11th year last Oct. 15 to 25, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 10 days of films, master classes, seminars, parties, and even reunions for many filmmakers, artists, and cinephiles -- it has considerably become a part of their daily routine throughout the duration of the festival. “Moving Forward with Moving Images.” Young as it is and still facing a number of challenges and tough times, Cinemanila is best known for the good

Pinoy filmmakers shine at Pusan International Film Fest ‘09

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The film city of Busan, Korea paved way for another successful year for the prestigious Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) from Oct. 8 to 16, 2009. The Philippines, once again, made big waves in this year’s festival. In its 14th year, PIFF has truly evolved to become one of the most important film festivals that filmmakers, film professionals, cinephiles, and the general film audience look forward to every October. For this year, 355 films from 70 countries (a record number) were

Indie films make their mark at Cinemalaya Cinco

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Now on its fifth year and billed as “Cinemalaya Cinco,” the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival was aptly tagged as the “big, small film festival” – conveying its valuable impact as a major event in the local independent film industry. It featured around 170 indie films on its festival season at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from July 17 to 26, 2009. Cinemalaya just wrapped up at CCP, but it’s not really the end. It goes to the University

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