Saturday, December 12, 2009

1st Sinukuan Film Festival adds up to Kapampangan Language Promotion Advocacy

The Annual Sinukuan Festival baptized one of the advocates in promoting the Kapampangan Language – the First Sinukuan Film Festival 2009.

Held last December 4 and 5, 2009, the Film Festival featured 10 to 20 minutes short films of any topic, theme or genre that used dialogues mostly in Kapampangan. This event was joined by amateur and professional filmmakers both Kapampangans and non-Kapampangans living in or outside the country.

There were also free workshops facilitated by Kapampangan filmmaker Jason Laxamana of Kalalangan Kamaru, a co-sponsor of the contest, and lectures by Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante “Dante” Mendoza, a native of San Fernando City for those who joined the contest.

The film entries were shown during the festival. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best in Cinematography, Best in Production Design, Best in Sound & Music, and Special Jury prize were the awards given to those who starred the event. The winner of the festival or the Best Picture was given P30,000 along with a trophy.

Robby Tantingco, Director of the Center for Kapampangan Studies, one of the co-sponsors of the contest, said that the film festival celebrates the contribution of Kapampangans to the film industry in the Philippines. However, above all, he said that the festival's aim is to show that it's better to use the Kapampangan language in films depicting the Kapampangan experience. "Eventually we will have our own movie industry here in Pampanga, the way the Cebuanos, the Davaoeños, and the other regions have done. It's time to decentralize the movie industry from Manila,” he added.

The First Sinukuan Film Festival was sponsored by the Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan, Inc. (KLFI) and was co-sponsored by Kapampangan filmmaker Jason Laxamana, and Director Robby Tantingco.

For more details, do contact the Center for Kapampangan Studies at telephone numbers (045) 888-8691 local 1312 or 1369, e-mail, or text 0918-941-8599.


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