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Tagum City to host Mindanao Film Festival

DAVAO CITY - The City of Tagum is set to host the 20th staging of the Mindanao Film Festival this Dec. 4-11,2022.

This was announced by Tagum City Tourism Arts and Culture Council president Alma Uy during her guesting at Kapihan sa Davnor on Wednesday (Nov. 23)

“Tung paghisgut namo with the organizer sa Mindanao Film Festival, wala ko nag hesitate sa pakakaron wala pud mi kwarta but we are willing to host. (In our discussions with the organizer of the Mindanao Film Festival, I did not hesitate I told them right now we do not have money but we are willing to host),” Uy said.

Under the agreement the city will provide the venues, audience mobilization and the necessary logistics for holding of the film festival.

The Tagum City’s first lady said the Mindanao Film Festival has a big role in the push of Tagum to position itself as the center of arts and culture in the region.

“We have so many upcoming filmmakers not just upcoming but established filmmakers as we were doing that (filmmaking activities) since 2011,” Uy said.

She added that the entry of the Mindanao Film Festival is timely as they have already rolled out the declaration of Tagum City as the city of festivals for next year.

Tagum City will have 11 festivals for next year which include Musikahan sa Tagum, Durian Festival,  Indayog Festival , Kaimunan Festival, Paskohan sa Tagum, Araw ng Tagum, Sports Fest, Pakaradyan, Kulenaria Fiesta, Earth Festival and the Binuhat Festival.

The Mindanao Film Festival founded in 2003 began as a cinematic screening of films made by participants of the Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop and known as the Guerrilla Filmmaking Festival. The workshop was a monthlong crash course on the independent low-budget filmmaking style dubbed as Guerrilla Filmmaking.

It became as the Mindanao Film Festival in 2006 to accommodate non-workshop participants and other Mindanaoan filmmakers. It is considered as the country’s longest running regional film festival. And for the previous 19 years it has conducted its festivals in Davao City, until this year.

“We are very happy that Tagum City is hosting the film festival, which we hope will unlock the potentials of the city in building not just the craft of filmmaking but also its creative industry,” says Dax Canedo, president of the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation Inc. (MFTDFI), the organizers of the Mindanao Film Festival.

The screening venues for the Mindanao Film Festival will include the Tagum Theater, Tagum Trade Center, Gaisano Mall Cinema, NCCC Mall, The Energy Park and the Freedom Park and the screenings are for free. (PIA/RG Alama)

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