Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival
PANDAYANG LINO BROCKA Political Film and New Media Festival is a gathering of students and student groups and independent filmmakers and film/video/media collectives in the Philippines, national in scope. In its launch in August 2009, in cooperation with the NCCA, it is designed to be held at the National Capital Region, where cultural tools such as films finds prominence in the Filipino people’s mode of confrontation with today’s social ills.
There have been more than 200 films submitted to the film festival for the last three years. The participating filmmakers come from all over the country and even from migrants in Saudi, London and USA. Most participating filmmakers are students or recent graduates, film and media collectives, teachers and independent filmmakers. For the last three years, the film festival has used the themes social conditions, human rights and nationalism. As counterpart to these new political films, the film festival also screens the films of the late great Lino Brocka. In the 2nd year, the film festival showcased ‘Bayan ko Kapit sa Patalim,’ whose 25th anniversary of its triumph against censorship was celebrated. In the 3rd year, the film ‘Dung-aw’ was screened, coinciding with the centennial of the international women’s movement.
For the last three years, the festival kicks off at the University of the Philippines Diliman Cine Adarna. Audience in the schools included those coming from Naga, Baguio, Bulacan, Pampanga, but mostly from Quezon City and nearby cities. Audiences number to 700 per day of the festival in the kick off of the 3rd year. An extension to the festival’s aim was the film showing at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, where student organizations actively pursued holding the festival there for two years in a row. The festival was also held uban poor communities in Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Manila, Taguig, San Juan, Caloocan and peasant communities in Rizal and Batangas. It was also held in the workplaces of factory workers and government employees. Through these efforts, the films were extended to a wider audience and were able to influence or inspire arts and culture consciousness among old and new film viewers. The film screenings were held for free.
In its school venues, the festival was able to hold talks on media, film and society. Talks held so far are “The Challenges of Political Film Production” withDr. Roland Tolentino and Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, “The Life and Works of Lino Brocka” with Joel Lamangan, ‘Freedom of Information (FOI)’ with Malou Mangahas of PCIJ and legislators for the FOI bill and ‘Filipinization of Mass Media’ with Danilo Arao and again Roland Tolentino. The talks were attended by students numbering to 60-120 in the first year; 150 in the second year; and almost 300 in the third year.
The film festival also holds workshops in film and media production. It has held scriptwriting and concept building workshops with Bonifacio Ilagan, Cesar Dionido, Tey Lopez, Jim Libiran and Roy Iglesias and visual storytelling with Nick Olanka.
Since the 2nd year, the film fest has also instituted the awarding ceremonies to recognize its participating filmmakers and the producer of the Lino Brocka film to be shown. The film fest has also given its special citations: Viewer’s Choice award, the award given to the audiences’ most liked film as tabulated in the manual polls in the screening venues; the Jury’s Choice award, or the top rated film in the jury’s selection; and the Breakthrough Film award, given to presumably the best film in the film fest
In the 3rd year of the Pandayang Lino Brocka, the film festival called for entries on the theme of nationalism. The film festival run included 2 days in the University of the Philippines Diliman, 2 days in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and one-day film fests in the University of Makati, University of the Philippines Los Banos and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa. (School venues include workshops and talks) The audience in the kick off of the film festival included students from Lagro, Commonwealth and Batasan High School, UP Diliman, PUP, New Era University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of the Assumption Pampanga, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, Philippine Christian University, New Era University and Bulacan State University. There were more than 700 audiences in the first day of the kick off. The talk ‘Filipinization of Mass Media’ was attended by almost 200 and the scriptwriting seminar was attended by more than 250. The 3rd year of the film fest also featured a tribute to Lino Brocka, for it is his 20th death anniversary this year. Brocka’s family was represented by his grandsons in the tribute.
As this project is a tribute to National Artist Lino Brocka, a long-term objective of the project, shall it be able to raise funds through this initiative, is a biopic of Lino Brocka. Another is the collection of new films/video produced through the project.