In a three- page agreement between the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) both has committed to launch a local film fest dubbed as “Ilocos Norte Film Festival” which will promote local films and Ilocos Norte, as a location for foreign and locally produced films.
Entered into by Gov. Imee R. Marcos and FDCP Chairman Briccio G. Santos, both has agreed to unify their efforts as well as consolidate their resources in launching a three- day local film festival which will be held on October 25- 27.Gov. Imee R. Marcos with FDCP officials. Overall Festival Coordinator, Mr. Ted Granados (3rd from left) of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) met with Gov. Marcos in a recent visit made by the former to conduct an ocular inspection of the venues that will host the Ilocos Norte Film Festival on October 25-27, 2011. Also in this photo are Ilocos Norte Communications and Media Office Head, Mr. June Arvin C. Gudoy (2nd from left) and FDCP Cinema Programmer, Mr. Nonoy Lauzon (right).
In a recent meeting between FDCP Coordinator Ted Granados and Gov. Imee R. Marcos, the former revealed that the film festival will be held simultaneously at the Robinsons Mall Movieworld Cinema 3 in San Nicolas and at the Mariano Marcos State University, City of Batac, where a workshop intended for film enthusiasts and budding filmmakers will be mentored by renowned TV comedian and film director Leo Martinez.
“We have in our list about twenty horror films in full length and indie cuts which we aim to screen during the festival. All these films were directed by renowned Filipino film directors such as Mike de Leon, Soxy Topacio, and Kinanatay director Brillante Mendoza, who made it in the main competition during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and many more,” Granados said.
According to Gov. Marcos, hosting the film festival is an opportunity to all aspiring film makers in Ilocos Norte. “Filmmaking is a very lucrative venture, thus, budding filmmakers as well as enthusiasts should take advantage of this festival. Everyone is welcome, film screening and workshops are free of charge,” Marcos added.
Meanwhile, the opening of the film festival which is scheduled on October 25 will be the official kick- off of the week- long celebration of Ilocos Norte’s Halloween bash, the ‘Semana ti Ar-aria Festival 2011’ which will run until October 31. Florante A. Nicolas, PGIN- CMO