Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

By Seymour Barros Sanchez

NINE short films made by junior high school students from Navotas City will battle it out in the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival this weekend at the NC Sports Complex.

Kaunlaran High School‘s “Love @ First Vlog,” La Naval Academy‘s “Mea Patria” (My Homeland), Navotas National High School‘s “1485,” Navotas National Science High School‘s “Sukbit,” San Jose Academy‘s “Iris,” San Roque National High School‘s “Aninag,” San Rafael Technological and Vocational High School‘s “Draw Lots,” Tangos National High School‘s “Pantagrace” and Tanza National High School‘s “Padyak” will vie for the top three films, audience choice award and other special prizes.

The entries will be judged according to the following criteria: 50% for originality and execution and 50% for adherence to this year’s theme, which is Navotas tourism.

The Best Picture winner will receive PhP20,000 and plaque of recognition. The 2nd Best Picture will get PhP15,000 and a plaque while the 3rd Best Picture will bring home PhP10,000 and a plaque. Consolation prizes of PhP5,000 and a plaque will be awarded to the other finalists.

Special awards, which come with a cash prize of PhP1,500 and a plaque, will also be given to the Best Poster Design, Best Original Song, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay and Best Direction.

The official film entries will be shown on the same day as the awarding ceremonies, with two screening schedules, from 8 am. to 10 am. and 10 am. to 12 noon, at the same venue. Viewers will be given one ticket each to vote for their chosen entry. The film which gets the most number of votes from the audience will win the Box Office Hit (People’s Choice) award with a cash prize of PhP10,000 and a plaque of recognition.

The participating schools submitted their scripts last May 21. A review and mentoring session with workshop facilitator and Beyond Deadlines writer Seymour Sanchez was held last June 9 at the Pangisdaan Hall, 4th Floor, Navotas City Hall before the final submission of entries.

Sanchez, who conducted a seminar-workshop on digital filmmaking last May 10 and 11, teaches film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts and cinema and journalism at the Far Eastern University Department of Communication.

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The film festival, an annual activity of the Navotas City government, serves as a platform for the city’s future filmmakers to develop and harness their craft and showcase their works, as well as a means to discover young and talented Navoteños.


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