Out & UP Pinoy Queer Film Festival now accepting entries

The deadline for submission of entries to the "Out & UP-Pinoy Queer Film Festival" is on October 16, 2009.

The new competitive film festival for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT)-themed full-length digital motion pictures is now calling for entries.

Finalists to be dubbed "The Fab Five" will be selected by a committee of film experts and academicians. They shall vie for various prizes to be handed out for "Out & UP-Pinoy Queer Film Festival," slated from November 23 to December 1.

The organizers claim that this is the first film festival for gay-themed films but PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has reported similar events in the past. These include the Manila Pride Fest held in October 2007 and the Queeriosity Film Festival that took place in February 2009.

Deadline for submission of entries to "Out & UP-Pinoy Queer Film Festival" is on October 16.

"Out & UP-Pinoy Queer Film Festival" is presented by the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, the UP Diliman Information Office, the UP College of Mass Communication and the UP Film Institute.

Qualified entries for the main competition will be screened for the duration of the festival with opening and closing festivities to be graced by distinguished personalities. Forums, exhibits and more distinct events alternate as festival highlights. The festival shall unveil the result of a survey for the all-time best Filipino gay films and the first recipient of Fab Icon Award, a lifetime achievement honor for a celebrity figure much adored in the LGBT circles.

Official venues for the various festival events include the UP Film Institute's Cine Adarna, Ishmael Bernal Gallery and Videotheque.

For more information, call 9250286 or 9263640. Competition mechanics, festival rules and regulations and entry forms may be downloaded from www.upfilminstitute.net.





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