There is a film making harvest in the regions that forwards the stories, aspirations, voices and experiences that are richly layered with cultural identity, local lore, local color, truths, struggles and marginalization. These are captured through the lens of our regional film makers whose works are worthy of audience’s attention for awareness, understanding and solidarity – peace. This film making harvest also shows the distinct capacities and aspired outcomes of film making that challenge the mainstream and Manila centric type of commercial film making and independent film making. This harvest is CINEMA REHIYON 6, an annual non-competition film festival for the regions.
Cinema Rehiyon 6 is the flagship project of the National Committee on Cinema of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in celebration of the Philippine Arts Festival. It started in 2009 where film making Alternativo sense was the focus, so film making initiatives from Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Ilo Ilo, Naga and Northern Mindanao. In 2010, the festival continued to garner serious attention from the film making community. The first and the second Cinema Rehiyon, held in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, brought confidence and pride to the regional film makers because they shared successfully their stories not only among themselves but also with the community. Films from the Other Philippines expanded as Cinema Rehiyon 3 entries were added with films from Bohol, Calabarzon, Pampanga, Pangasinan and Samar. In 2011, Cinema Rehiyon 3 was held in Davao City. This was the first time the festival was brought to the region as it is true to its concept of Forging Philippine Cinediversity. The Davao leg focused on looking at the films as specimens of understanding multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural facets (Co, 2011). Bacolod City was the venue for Cinema Rehiyon 4 which affirms and validates the sense of Empowering Regional Cinema. The festival was titled, Bacollywood. One good feature during Bacollywood was Cine de Bario which ‘brought cinema to public spaces and the showing of video art installation that featured works of video artists from different parts of the country.’ Just this year, Cinema Rehiyon 5 was held in Los Banos with the theme Nurturing Cinemas of Home. The festival was excellently managed and implemented with objectives set were met and audience development was commendable.
In 2014, Cinema Rehiyon 6 complements the film making frontiers on socio-cultural responsibility. In accordance to the Philippine Arts Festival Theme, KASING – SINING Art on the Edge, Art with a Heart, Cinema Rehiyon 6 features film making frontiers that have themes that could give positive impact and transforms lives for the better. Films that will educate the community about disaster risk reduction and management, climate change, environmental protection and preservation, rebuilding lives and communities and cultural solidarity and understanding shall be programmed. CINETALAKAYAN- a Cinema Rehiyon 6 Forum programs topics on Film Making and Socio-Cultural Responsibilities, and CINEBARANGAY reaches the Sendong Survivors by screening inspirational films and animated films from the regions and by giving the communities multi-media forum on disaster risk management, climate change resiliency and mitigation.
CINEMA REHIYON 6 – Filming the Frontiers is on February 18-22, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City. The venues are Xavier University Little Theater and SM City Cagayan de Oro Cinema 3 and 4.