Sine Batangan Film Festival: Ala Eh, Sali Na Dine!

Ala eh, this is your time to shine!

If you’re a filmmaker who values the cultural heritage, tradition and history and you want to showcase your creative flair through films, Sine Batangan- Batangas Film Festival might be the perfect avenue for you!

In partnership with The Film Dream, the first Batangas Independent Film Festival is set to take place on September 18-25 this year.

According to Jojo Driz, the creative genius behind this breakthrough project, he really wanted to create a film network in Batangas City and Batangas Province to the rest of the country. This will also assess the strength of Batangueño filmmakers whom he believes deserve to be in the limelight.

Driz, a Batangueño filmmaker for almost 4 years started his film journey by attending to workshops of the master storyteller, Ricky Lee. From then on, his love and dedication in telling stories flourished and he was even able to participate in Film Festivals such as Cinemalaya.

“Ang hirap gumawa ng pelikula, lalo na ngayon na may pandemic. Pero hindi dapat tayo tumitigil sa pagkukwento kaya naisip ko, bakit hindi nga kaya tayo gumawa ng film festival dito sa Batangas. Noong una, mahirap talaga. Kailangang mag-solicit ng pondo, mag-ask ng endorsement from the City and Province. Pero ang maganda dito, unti-unti, may mga dumadating na suporta.”

“Sa film festival na ito, ayaw namin na diktahan o ikahon ang mga filmmaker sa gusto nilang ikuwento. Gusto ko maging malaya sila sa pagbuo ng pelikula.”

(Jojo Driz, the man behind Sine Batangan Film Festival together with Batangas City Councilor, Aileen Arriola-Montalbo)

True enough, Driz’ vision came to life and despite all the challenges they had to face, Batangas Film Festival with its theme, “Film as Window to the World” is finally happening.

The film festival has three (3) competitive categories, such as: Student/ School-based Category, Batangan New Wave Category and Open Category. Entries shall be submitted from 5 July 2021 to 21 August 2021 only and after the said date, no more entries will be entertained for submission without prejudice to the number of entries submitted to the committee.The Sine Batangan Film Festival will also accept short films for free exhibition which can be submitted until 14 August 2021.

The Student Category is open to all student-produced short films from the universities, colleges and senior high schools of the Province of Batangas. Its theme is advocacy of the Batangueño culture, history and traditions.

On the other hand, the Batangan New Wave Category is open to all short films produced in Batangas by filmmakers who hail from or are based in Batangas province. Out-of-School Youth filmmakers may also join under this category.

Meanwhile, the Open Category is open to all Filipino short films produced outside Batangas, which tackles the culture and heritage of one’s hometown or province and the short films for exhibition are open to all filmmakers.