By Roi Lomotan and Klein Emperado
Foundation University (FU) will host this year’s gathering of regional filmmakers dubbed “Cinema Rehiyon” on February 25 to March 1.
FU Public Information Officer Klein Emperado said over a hundred filmmakers across the country are expected to grace the annual celebration which marks its 11th year this 2019.
The gathering aims to strengthen the regional filmmaking scene as well as provide exposure for the filmmakers and encourage them to contribute further to Philippine cinema.
In a post published at their official Facebook page, Cinema Rehiyon reaffirmed its commitment “to provide a platform for shaping Philippine Cinema and further highlight the importance of cultivating and pushing for the artistic value of regional cinema as a huge contributor to the development of national cinema” as underscored in their theme this year, “Elevating Regional Cinema.”
The activities for the five-day event include the screening of short films and feature or full-length films from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, film exhibits, and workshops and fora on Philippine Cinema.
FU became this year’s host since it is the home of Lutas Negros Oriental Film Festival, according to Emperado.
He said that since 2013, Lutas has been the official film festival of Negros Oriental to provide a venue for budding local filmmakers.
It has earned the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and this year forged a partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Cinema Rehiyon is a flagship project of the Cinema Committee of NCCA and co-presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Dumaguete City Tourism Office and other partner institutions in the city.