BAGUIO CITY (Mar. 27) — As a prelude to the centennial celebrations of Baguio and in support to the city’s promotional campaign as a center for culture and the arts, ground works are being laid for a digital film festival for independent filmmakers.
Art Tibaldo, a media specialist and television segment producer volunteered to spearhead said film fest in coordination with the programs committee of the Baguio Centennial Commission.
This “indie” film fest according to Tibaldo may not be as grand as those that are yearly held in Metro Manila to promote the local movie industry but this event offers an opportunity to budding filmmakers, television producers, visual artists and communication students to be involved as a partner and promoter of the city.
Tibaldo who prepared the guidelines based on past “indie” film festivals said that there will be three categories namely; Short Documentary Film, Feature Film and Music Video (MTV) of an originally composed music.
Except for the MTV that can run within the duration of a song, Tibaldo added the entries should not be less than eight minutes or exceed forty minutes total running time.
All entries according to Tibaldo should depict the Baguio centennial theme: “A Culture of Sharing and Caring” with highlights on either a Baguio resident(s) or its community. Each entry must clearly show Baguio as the dominant site of filmography or the place where the story evolves.
Copyrighted materials and legacy files by others may be used in parts if a written consent by its creator is availed.
Entries will be screened by a panel of jurors according to Tibaldo and winners will be based on the jury’s discretion taking into consideration some formula criteria like “best direction”, “best screen play”, “best cinematography”, “best story”, “best in documentary” and “best in music video”.
According to the rules, participants should submit a finalized edition in a standard DVD with a screen resolution of 720×480 or higher and an AVI or MPEG-2 copy.
With the onset of digital technology, participants may now use high quality video and edit the same using home-based computers.
Winning works will be featured on cable televisions and screened on a chosen venue where an awards night will follow to be graced by members of the Baguio Centennial Commission and city officials.
Each winner will receive handsome cash prizes and a specially made Kidlat Tahimik trophy
Tibaldo who will be conducting a workshop on “Basic Photography” and “Video Production” this summer can be reached at the Baguio Media Museum and Animation Studio (www.artibaldo.multiply.com) every Saturday for more details.
Rules and guidelines of the film fest can soon be availed at the Baguio Centennial Office at the Baguio Convention Center and posted at school bulletins. # Cordillera News Agency