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3rd Montanosa film festival opens

The third Montanosa Film Festival is on this Saturday.

The nine days of celebration of the region’s top independent films which will be featured in various venues for screening including schools will be the main focus of the filmfest.

The nine day schedule highlights the film organizers, led by Ferdie Balanag, partnership with Cinema Malaya, the flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

FilmFest director Ferdie Balanag said 24 films have been selected to compete in three categories, documentary, narrative and mobile phone.

“Divergence + Convergence, this year’s filmfest theme which is in coordination with the NCCA’s Cinema Rehiyon, is month long festivity declared by mayor Benjamin Magalong after signing Executive Order 24 declaring March as Montanosa Film Festival month.

Formal opening will be at SM City while online film showing will start on March 26 and the Cinema Rehiyon Best of Region on March 27.

Workshops where renowned film makers as facilitators are scheduled on March 28 and where the filmfest semi-finalists will get to meet their mentors for film pitching.

A three day outdoor film showing will be done at the Rose Garden of Burnham Park starts on March 29 or the Sinemusikain (film, food and fair).

The Lakbay Sine, an outreach program by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will be staged also and will be in partnership with the MFF Campus Caravan where workshops will be done in the various city schools. The CC Cinema Under the Stars (CUTS) will also be held once again.

Enlisted schools are the Saint Luis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, the University of the Philippines Baguio, Pines City National High School and the Baguio City National High School.

A nine month apprenticeship program for young film makers ages 18 years old and younger called Vivisto Baguio will culminate with the Zoom! The Young Filmmakers Acceleration Program,  a movie that will premiere during the festival.

This year’s filmfest will see the launching of the animation section and which will have its own category during next year’s MFF.

The month-long affair will culminate on March 31 followed by the closing night bonfire called “agliyab’ on Aril 1 at the Baguio Convention Center where the filmfest finalists will be feted and where they get their prizes. Pigeon Lobien

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