By Jonas Reyes
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — To celebrate the creativity and artistic talents of local filmmakers, this premier Freeport will hold its first-ever film festival on June 22-24 in this premier port with the screening of six feature films at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall.
Festival Director Vic Vizcocho Jr. said the Subic Bay International Film Festival (SBIFF) was conceptualized with the plan to refocus international filmmakers and put Subic Bay Freeport in the spotlight.
The six feature films competing for awards are “Boy Intsik”, a film by Joel Lamangan; “Balatkayo” by Neil Tan; “Araw sa Likod Mo” by Dominic Nuesa; “Isang Hakbang” by Mike Magat; “Rolyo” by CC Woodruff Jr.; and “Old Skool” by Cia Hermosa-Gorge.
One of the highlights of festival, they added, will be an opportunity for filmmakers to present storylines that may qualify for financing through SBIFF initiative.
Vizcocho, publisher of Subic Bay News, said the Subic Bay Freeport has long served as a localé for both international and local films, and remains to be a rich source of stories that could be made into movies.
“We want to bring back the interest in Subic Bay as a premiere destination for filmmakers, local and international, because we have so much to offer in terms of story ideas, manpower, resources, talents and locations,” Vizcocho said.
Arlyn Dela Cruz-Bernal, news director of a mainstream news radio station and who also has seven films to her credit either as producer, writer or director, said: “This is our chance to give back to the community by creating what we call waves of opportunities to filmmakers.”