The Cinema 2 of Gateway Mall in Cubao was filled with eagerstudents, politicians, and filmmakers who were supportive of the 1st QuezonCity Independent Film Festival. Twenty-seven short films from six schoolsparticipated in the eight-day film festival that officially ended lastSeptember 17.
Through the efforts of Quezon City Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista and film festexecutive director Jerico "Nico" Antonio, the awards night was held withouthitches at the Gateway Cineplex, Araneta Center. Hosts for the evening wereDrew Arellano and Bianca Gonzales.
Among the important personalitites that graced the occasionwere Senator Mar Roxas, who gave an inspirational speech on the significance offilm industry in the Philippines, and Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, who also spoketo the diverse group.
In his speech, Senator Mar Roxas congratulated the winners whose awards are said to "symbolize the meaningful change you have brought tothe filmmaking industry."
He continues: "Not only do your films reveal the stories of ordinary Filipinosin Quezon City and the rest of the country; they do so in a manner true to ourvision and your craft...May the awards inspire you to foster this change, presentthe reality of Filipino life and to stand by our people's great destiny."
Here are the winners for the 1st Quezon City IndependentFilm Festival: Ms. Sonia Pascual (University of the Philippines-Diliman)for Best Short Film in Animation (Ziga); Ms. Peachy Policarpio(Miriam College) for Best Short Film in Experimental (Pag-agos); and Ms.Aissa Peñafiel (UP) for Best Short Film in Narrative (Puting Ilaw).
QC Vice Mayor Herbert, who was last seen on ABS-CBN's Super Inggo, says that he is very happy with the results of the 1st QCIFF although he suggests that the categories should be clearly defined for the subsequent editions. "Amazingly, mga bata ito, wala silang pondo pero they were able to produce something na may social significance," says the former actor.
When asked about the future plans for the QCIFF, executive director Nico hopes to continue thisfilm fest and expand it to cover full-length films helmed by new directors.