Sunday November 22, 2015

Iisa opens 11th MFFA film inspired by the true events of typhoon Pablo and Yolanda will open the 11th Mindanao Film Festival on December 9 (evening) at Gaisano Mall Cinema 6. Admission is FREE but ONLY BY INVITATION. Contact MFTDFI if you wish to be part of the guest list.

“Iisa” (As One) a film directed by Chuck Gutierrez and written by Mindanaoan film director and playwright Arnel Mardoquio was one of the finalists in this year’s Quezon City International Film Festival.

“We chose Iisa foremost because the film was shot in Compostela Valley, the story was partly inspired by Typhoon Pablo and it was a collaborative effort with local cast and crew working with their counterparts from Manila. This is an achievement we are pushing for the regional filmmaking movement” says Rudolph Alama, festival director of the 11th MFF.

The film stars Mon Confiado, Rio Locsin, Mitch Valdez, Jess Mendoza, Angeli Bayani, and Mindanao’s very own Perry Dizon who earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the QCinema Film Fest. The film centers on a group of rebels tasked to rebuild a community of indigenous people devastated by a typhoon.

Iisa was funded from a grant coming from the QCIFF and co-funded by Artikulo Uno Productions known for producing the indie blockbuster Heneral Luna.

Apart from Iisa, 29 other films will be shown during the 11th MFF which will run from December 9 to 15. These films coming from Davao and other parts of Mindanao will vie for the annual MFF awards this coming December 14.

A spin-off of the Davao City-based Guerrilla Filmmaking Festival which started in 2003, the MFF which was formally established in 2005 is one of the longest running independent film festival in the country.

The MFF is organized by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation and supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, with assistance from the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the City Government of Davao and Canon Philippines.

The 11th Mindanao Film Festival is also supported by Alchemy of Vision and Light, SouthSpot Entertainment Network, Muzika Del Sur, State of Mind Productions, and FilminDavao.com. Stay tuned on this website for updates.

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