As TOFARM Film Festival embarks on its second year, festival director Maryo J. Delos Reyes admitted that they still need the help of cinema owners to show the six entries of the film fest.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters, he said that there are at least three to four cinemas already committed to show the films.
He pointed out, "Oo, humihingi kami ng tulong sa sinehan kung pwedeng suportahan dahil talagang we need the theaters, e, wala kaming outlet.
"As of now, tatlo o apat. Kaya lang, I don't know how the policy [works], kumbaga sa ano, pare-pareho naman, e. Ewan ko."
In last year's edition, Direk Maryo said that they went to provinces to showcase the entries, including TOFARM 2016 big winners Paglipay and Pauwi Na.
The movie director explained, "Natutuloy yun. Noon, natuloy yung sa Nueva Ecija, sa Pampanga, tapos natuloy yung Davao, natuloy ng Cebu.
"Tapos ngayon hopefully matuloy yung Bohol. If they don’t come to the theaters, you bring it to them."
Farmers in the provinces appreciated these agriculture-themed movies.
"Gusto nila isama yung kanilang mga istorya, nagpipitch sila o kaya nirerelate nila yung mga istorya nila, natatawa sila."
In his speech during the presscon proper, Direk Maryo expressed his hope for more cinemas to join the film fest.
He said, "We appeal also to the theater owners na tulungan kaming mabigyan ng magagandang sinehan, madagdagan pa sana para naman magkaroon ng konting satisfaction itong ating humble way of contributing to the industry.
"Umaapela kami kasi as of now, iilan lang yung sinehan namin na mapapaglalabasan.
"So we would like also, I would like to personally appeal to theater owners to give us more theaters so that it would reach more people."
The 2017 edition of the TOFARM Film Festival has six entries. These entries include Baklad by Topel Lee, High Tide by Tara Illenberger, Instalado by Jason Paul Laxamana, Kamunggay by Vic Acedillo, Sinandomeng by Byron Bryant, and What Home Feels Like by Joseph Abello.
The film festival will have its theatrical run from July 12 to 18, while its Awards Night will take place on July 16.