“Cinema Rehiyon: Alter Nativo,” the first national film festival solely focusing on films created outside of Metro Manila, opens at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Feb. 18 and will run until Feb. 21, 2009.
In celebration of the Philippine International Arts Month, this four-day event will feature short and full-length films created by regional filmmakers and is open to all audiences for free.
A project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in cooperation with the CCP, “Cinema Rehiyon” is a non-competition film festival that aims to throw the spotlight on the film communities that are growing rapidly across the nation. It will feature the best and the brightest of the emerging filmmakers who are making movies in their own dialects, set in their own local towns and cities.
The representing regions include: Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Naga. There will also be sections to feature films from Central and Western Mindanao, as well as various parts of Luzon. Most of the films will be shown in Metro Manila for the first time. There will be a series of panel talks to discuss the state of regional cinema and how it affects the state of national cinema.
The Philippines is a nation of many diverse cultures. Being an archipelago spanning thousands of islands with people speaking hundreds of different dialects, “Cinema Rehiyon” is a great opportunity for both the local filmmakers and the general audience to reach each other — which will hopefully lead to a greater appreciation of the kinds of cinema being made across the nation in terms of subject matter, content, style and genre. By drawing attention to the works of filmmakers in the provinces, there is further hope and inspiration on gaining a better understanding of the kind of cinema made across the country — films that reflect traditions, customs, and lifestyles of the Filipinos’ diverse cultural heritage.