The passionate desire to tell the stories of Mindanao to the world through the visual medium continues to be the driving force for the local independent filmmakers to create films.
Thus, the organizers of the “longest running regional film festival in the country” launched “Onse”, the 11th Mindanao Film Festival (MFF) to be screened on December 9 to 15, 2015.
This year’s film festival will showcase 30 films from the different parts of Mindanao in Gaisano Mall Cinema 6.
MFF founder Dax Cañedo encouraged the public to watch independent films especially those crafted by Mindanaoans in order to appreciate the exquisiteness of the stories told in these kinds of films compared to the mainstream movies.
“These local filmmakers helped the people in Mindanao by presenting the region in a different light especially those stories that are not usually mentioned and discussed. So at least, through these films, they will see the whole picture of Mindanao,” he said.
He said the audacity of the independent filmmakers to delve and present issues including those controversial in nature made their films worthy to be watched as it offers another perspective to the audience.
“I think these makes indie films rich and powerful because it tackles themes not usually highlighted in the mainstream films,” he said.
He added that it is also a medium that enables one to learn and discover cultures without being present.
“Through indie films, you really learn and discover culture (of other places) without having to go there,” he said.
Until now, local independent filmmakers remained to strive in gaining audience and in exposing their crafts in mainstream-oriented public primarily because they lack the financial capacity to promote it. Aside from that, their films also present topics that do not easily appeal the general audience.
“Independent filmmakers don’t really earn much from these, mainly because their contents don’t have mass appeal. And if there is, the issue now is on the promotion. So, that is still an issue that the independent film industry in the country tries to solve,” he said.
“They are motivated not by money but by the desire to tell a story and they chose to tell it through films,” he added.
Last year’s MFF has a record-breaking film toll of 63 films.
The 11th Mindanao Film Festival is funded by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Mindanao films to take limelight the 11th time, November 20, 2015