The Bacollywood 3: Visayan Film Festival featuring the work of filmmakers from the Visayas region, opened yesterday at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City and will run until Saturday.
The activity, which is a project of Produksyon Tramontina Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, is being held in line with the National Arts Month, being celebrated every February.
Film curator Manny Montelibano yesterday said this used to be known as the Negros Film Festival, but this time they have widened the scope and made it the Visayan Film Festival where they have filmmakers coming from Cebu, Samar, and other Visayas region.
Also to be featured are foreign films made by Filipino-American filmmakers based in the United States who have roots in the Visayas, he said. The stories they have made are about the Visayas and these are medium length documentaries shot in Africa or China, he added.
Montelibano said he believes that Bacollywood will inspire other filmmakers, their supporters and audience to appreciate independent films and films coming from other parts of the country especially the Visayas.
NCCA representative Abigail Lazaro said the National Arts Month, spearheaded by the NCCA, aims to revel the creative output of the Filipinos through the seven arts namely, drama, music, dance, architecture, visual arts, literary arts and film.
She said Bacollywood showcases the works of filmmakers, both amateur and professional, and also provides a platform of exchange on tips and learning between budding filmmakers and those who have gained further practice in this form of art.
Also present at the opening were film directors Gabby Fernandez and Remton Zuazola, and Bacolod artist/actor Dennis Ascalon.
The venues for the Bacollywood 3 screenings are USLS, Colegio San Agustin B Auditorium, La Consolacion College Auditorium, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Little Theater, Robinson’s Movieworld (Cinema 6), and the Art District - Lopue’s Mandalagan.*CGS