With its vision of promoting the skills of young filmmakers from Bulacan and showcasing the culture of their province while continuing its contribution to social growth and social awareness through producing high quality and inspirational films, Sine Bulacan launched Sibul X Film Festival on March 8 to 13. The film viewing is free and can be streamed online through the official Facebook page of SIBUL Film Festival .
The 10th year celebration of Sine Bulacan (SIBUL) Film Festival spearheaded by SIBUL Director, Krystal Gem Aviado and BulSU Cinephilia - Special Projects Department Head, Diana Marie Condeza, serves as an avenue to the young Bulakenyos to learn, develop, and to present their skill in filmmaking. It also aims to raise awareness within the audience on the struggles in the society and relevant issues.
Various films were screened from several entries and four finalists were selected. Out of all the entries, four emerged including: Ang Kuwento ng Dalawang Mundo by Angelo Fernando, Awaken by Arnold Santiago, Home for The Ages by Yuuka Tanaka, Lysistrata by John Patrick Manio.
The entries on the film festival must follow the given guidelines for the organizers to consider the film entry as finalists:
(1) The film entry must be already produced within January 2010 to February 2020.
(2) The director and writer of the entries must be a resident of Bulacan.
The pandemic did not hinder these young filmmakers from staging a film festival to cultivate the talent of Bulakenyos. While considering everyone’s safety due to the pandemic, the organizers of the film festival called for film entries that are already produced within January 2010 to February 2020 in line with the 10th year celebration of SIBUL Film Festival.
“We have contemplated a lot if we should wait for the pandemic to subside or to postpone the film festival for another year. Since a lot of Film Festivals are adapting to the new normal and innovation of technology, we do not want to settle and to wait for the restrictions of mass gatherings to be lifted. Despite the fact that we are college students and we also have to attend to our academic requirements, we want to challenge ourselves to set our foot outside of the box,” Krystal Gem Aviado mentioned.
The awarding of winners of the film festival will be on March 13 and the best film will receive Php. 20,000 cash prize. They will also recognize the standout films in different categories such as Best Director, Best Cinematography, Audience’s Choice, Alumni’s Choice, Best Teaser, and all will also secure a corresponding cash prize.
Sine Bulacan Film Festival, together with BulSU Cinephilia organization, will continue to guide young filmmakers and lean towards personal growth through providing related workshops and film viewing experiences.
“Always learn and relearn, don’t get intimidated by criticisms. Aim to enlighten others, bring awareness, and awake consciousness,” Aviado, Sibul Director added.