Cine-Indie MDG: Advocacy Through Short Films

The Forum has taken a new path in its approach by expanding its network of media partners to include independent filmmakers. Launched on April 17, 2009, the Cine-Indie for MDG is a national short film competition that called on Filipino independent filmmakers to put their talents to the test and channel their passion for a good cause by creating films with the MDGs as guiding theme. The Cine Indie for MDG has three categories: Feature, Animation, and Documentary, and in either Film or Digital format lasting for 5 to 25 minutes only.

Orientations on the RH situationer and status of the country with respect to achieving the MDGs were conducted among filmmakers and communication students in Baguio City, Iloilo City, Cebu, Davao, Zamboanga and Manila. More than 200 filmmakers attended these orientations, including students from UP Baguio and Ateneo de Davao.

A total of 31 entries were received and 23 passed the initial screening and final review of the Board of Judges. The 23 entries consisted of 13 documentaries, 2 animations and 8 short feature films. Six (6) were declared winners by the Board of Judges.

The panel of judges formed to review the film entries is composed of Dr. Rolando Tolentino - writer, film critic and Dean of the UP College of Mass Communications; Dr. Elie Guieb - film critic, writer and former judge at the Montreal Film Festival; Arlene Alano - Communication and Information Officer of the United Nations Population Fund; Prof. Roland Canete - writer, critic and literary professor from the University of the Philippines, and Yasmin Mapua Tang – Executive Director of the Probe Foundation.

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2009 WINNERS Cine-Indie for the MDGs

National Shortfilm Competition on the Millennium Development Goals


Category

Winner

Documentary

  1. Gera wo Gutasan (War and Hunger) - Nerve Macaspac, Herb Valencia
  2. Sawang Calero - Tessa Villegas, Lorenzo Ninal, Ruel Antipuesto
  3. Kakasa Ka Ba? - Miles Asa

Short Feature

  1. Recess - Ramon Mapa
  2. Yaw Yaw - Idden delos Reyes

Animation

  1. Mga Damgo - Remton Zuasola

Honorable Mention

  1. Tatlong Maria - Milo Alto Paz and Elizabeth Angsioco
  2. Madaris - Glaiza Jarloc, Diane Rante, Helen Henson, Aleine Camino
  3. Kahit Basa ang Chalk - Celso Espaldon
  4. Tagulamin - Cherry Ann Palaganas, Marie Joyce de Castro Godio

Special Citation from the UNFP

  1. Tatlong Maria - Milo Alto Paz and Elizabeth Angsioco
  2. Botcha - Dave Cecilio
  3. Si Leo ang Batang Lito - Ma. Theresa Payongayong, Ramiel Trono, & Maria Anna Karmela    Belano

The competition not only generated tools for advocacy, but new advocates from among the filmmakers. All the entries were presented in two simultaneous screenings on October 16, 2009 and these were attended by over 1,000 people who received information and learned more about the MDGs and RH situation in the country. Campus and community tours of the winning films have begun in Cebu on November 18-20 with more than 400 students from four schools attending. More tours are scheduled in 2010.

This innovative approach to advocacy also caught the attention of the organizers of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APCRSHR) in Beijing, China. Even if it was still in its early stage of implementation, the abstract sent was selected for poster presentation during the conference.

The short film competition was highlighted by the holding of the Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on October 16 in time for the “Stand Up Take Action” campaign. More than 1,200 people came to the screening. The awards ceremony followed and was participated in by artists, donor and civil society partners who received information about the current performance of the Philippines in achieving the MDGs, as well as the RH situation in the country. The event was also featured in some print and online news, as well as in GMA-7 and ABS-CBN hourly news in Davao City. Live radio interviews were also held in Zamboanga City and were featured in articles and several blogsites.

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