The Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival in Northern Mindanao is now seeking entries for this year. Entries should delve on the topics of cultural solidarity, harmony with the environment, cultural understanding and voter's education.
Participants will be divided into two student category -- comprising ages 13-25 -- and the senior category, ages 26 and above. Participating students should be currently enrolled in any school in Northern Mindanao.
The participants are required to submit their resume or bio data, 2x2 picture, certification of originality from any authority and a resident certificate.
They must also submit a one-page synopsis of the film while the seniors are required five copies of short film in DVD format before Dec. 21, 2009.
The contest was launched at the Xavier University Little Theatre last July 4, where Hesumaria Sescon, a multi-awarded filmmaker, gave lecture on the moral ethics in filmmaking.
Sescon, winner of the Kritika Gold Prize citation for film in 1991, also discussed the importance of giving credits to existing works of other artists when used in new films.
Hobart P. Savior, director of Cinemagis and the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts, said the contest aims to broaden the artistic horizons of the region's young filmmakers.
The youth, he said, should be able to distinguished filmmaking as an entertainment tool and as an academic tool.
For submission and more information, look for Vicmar Paloma, project development officer at the third floor of Museo de Oro, Xavier University. (Hannah Salugsugan, contributor)