Friday November 6, 2015

GFW2015For 4 weekends last October, the Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop was held at the Hebron Art and Healing Sanctuary in Ma-a, Davao City.

21 participants of different age and backgrounds learned the art of independent filmmaking from Mindanao film stalwarts: Orvil Bantayan (Story Development and Screenwriting), McRobert Nacario and Rapahel Meting (Cinematography), Benji Garcia (Directing and Story Editing), Maki Serapio (Sound Design), Buggy Amplayo (Production Design and Practical Special Effects Makeup), and Joan Mae Soco (Producing and Marketing).

During the workshop, fresh stories were developed and from the 21 ideas the best 5 ones were picked out to serve as the official entries for the Mindanao Film Festival.

For the first time in the workshop’s history, the workshop yielded an all-female roster of directors. DavNor Public Information Officer Keisha Halili, UP Mindanao student Ziyarah Manalo, University of Mindanao professor Sabrina Pilones, SouthPoint High School student Ella Plariza, and online writer and stay at home mom Diamond Santella.

“It was a dream that I didn’t expect to come true this year. We were really hoping more female filmmakers would emerge this year but we were delightfully surprised that all the directors produced from the workshop turned to be all female. I hope that this will encourage more women filmmakers out there. In the past years, the MFF has been more or less male dominated. This is our time,” said Jill Palarca, the program director for the 2015 Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop.

Watch out for their films to be screened during the 11th Mindanao Film Festival on December 9 to 15, 2015 at Gaisano Mall Cinema 6!

The Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop 2015 was organized by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation, Inc. and the National Commission for the Culture and Arts, with the support of Kaugmaon, Alchemy of Vision and Light, SouthSpot Entertainment Network, LouWorks, Nixel, and

Sabrina Pilones director

Sabrina Pilones’s “Birthday Cake”

Diamond Santella director

Director Diamond Santella on the set of her first indie short film “Tinig”

Kei Halili director

Director Keisha Halili during the post-production of DavNor’s entry to the Guerrilla Film category of the Mindanao Film Festival

Ziyarah Manalo director

Ziyarah Manalo during an exercise at the Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop

Ellah Plariza director

14 year old SouthPoint student Ellah Plariza directing her first indie film “Checkmate”

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