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4th Film Fest in Abra stars ilokano-inspired films, documentaries

BANGUED, Abra (PIA) –-Winners of the 4th Abrenian Heritage Film Festival (AHFF) were known in an in-person event in September 10 after two pandemic-affected editions.

Adjudged the Best Documentary Film is “Dung-aw” by Romel Pascua while the best short film is “Another Year” by Timothy Morales.

 The Jury’s Award was bagged by “Dagiti Mapuk-pukaw” by Kim Santos while the Emerging Cordillera Filmmaker Award was won by “Pili a pili, makapili’t takki” by Gabb Gantala. 

Winners took home prestigious wired camera and cash prizes.  They topped the   eight short films and 14 documentary films chosen by the Selection Committee in July.

The AHFF is a partnership of the Sine Abreño and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in celebration of the   anniversary Philippine Cinema this month of September.

In his recorded message, FDCP Chairman and CEO Tirso Cruz III expressed his optimism that the AHFF will grow for the years to come with the support of various groups and partners in promoting the development of the Philippine Cinema.

This year’s filmfest with the theme; ‘Tagipatgen, Panangrambak ti Pelikula Ilocana ken Rehiyon ti Cordillera,’ was opened to all aspiring filmmakers of Luzon. 

Pascua said he was very glad that there is platform like this to share his enthusiasm in film-making. 

“I am very happy that the Abrenian Heritage Film Festival gave us a chance like this to share stories and a platform to showcase our talents,” he said.

AHFF Director Dexter Macaraeg, founder of Sine Abreño, lauded all the partner organizations for the success of the activity that focuses on presenting inspiring stories thru film. 

“To our partners, thank you very much for showing hope in these trying times, and for showcasing the Cordillera spirit again.”

Many of the selected films received their very first screenings at the Oval Era Cinemas, where stars and filmmakers gauge the impact of their work for the first time.

The AHFF encourages all filmmaking enthusiasts to join the next editions of the filmfest.  (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)

LOOK: AHFF Director Dexter Macaraeg leads the beating of the Gong along with the Festival Board Members before the start of the awarding ceremonies. (CAGT - PIA CAR, Abra)

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