Film makers converge for Cinema Rehiyon 9 in Comval

Filmmakers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converged at Nabunturan, Compostela Valley to witness Cinema Rehiyon 9 on August 25-26, 2017.

With the theme, “No walls. No cielings,” the 93 short films and 12 full-length movie films were shown in an inflatable screen at the Nabunturan municipal plaza as an alternative to cinema theaters. Cinema Rehiyon, a flagship program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), is an annual non-competition film festival. It showcases and promotes the best regional films across the country.

This year, with the support from the Local Government Unit of Nabunturan, NCCA had chosen Nabunturan as the next venue of the film fest – making it the first ever Cinema Rehiyon held in a rural setting.

“After the first NABIFILMEX in 2013, we dreamt of hosting a national event for filmmakers, producers and film enthusiasts. We don’t know about Cinema Rehiyon yet, until four of our NABIFILMEX films were invited to Cinema Rehiyon 6 in Cagayan de Oro. Then our dream became bigger and now four years later we are hosting Cinema Rehiyon 9,” said Atty. Karen S. Malaki, NABIFILMEX Festival Director.

“Dahil sa nakita namin yong progress ng NABIFILMEX; yong masigasig na pag organize ng mga filmmakers dito, iniward namin, sa NCAA, ang Cinema Rehiyon dito sa Nabunturan,” Teddy Co of NCAA said. He also added that this year’s Cinema Rehiyon had the biggest number of delegates. There were a total of 108 delegates from the different regions.

The Cinema Rehiyon 9 is hosted by the NABIFILMEX, in partnership with the Municipal Government of Nabunturan, Provincial Government of Compostela Valley and the Nabunturan Municipal Tourism Council.

Mayor Cherlita Amatong also expressed her gratitude in having the event in their town. “’Overwhelmed’ is the precise word to describe our feeling. Last year, we are only hoping for our Cinema Rehiyon to be staged in our own municipality. As this becomes a reality, I extend my gratitude to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for their trust.”

Apart from film screenings, other activities were also conducted such as conferences, workshops and forums, 24-hour filmmaking competition and eco-tourism tours in tourist attractions of the province.

In line with this, a groundbreaking ceremony of the Nabunturan Cinemathique was also held in an 800 sq. meter area. It is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines headed by Liza Diño who personally lead the big event on August 25 at the Nabunturan Central Elementary School. (Sheldane Mahinay, ids comval)

Nabunturan welcomes the delegates of Cinema Rehiyon 9 on August 22, 2017 at Municipal Plaza, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. Cinema Rehiyon, a flagship program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), is an annual non-competition film festival. It showcases and promotes the best regional films across the country. (Sheldane Mahinay // IDS ComVal)