By: Paulynne Joyce R. dela Cruz
Senior mass communication student Lurlyn Mae Carmona won ‘Best Director’ for her film titled “Faeries” last Nov. 28 at Lutas 2015: Negros Oriental Film Fesitval.
Faeries, the entry submitted by Carmona to the film festival, is a fantasy-drama short film about learning to set loved ones free. The film stars Karla Longjas and Luzl Maragañas and was edited by Xteve Abanto.
Aside from Lutas, Faeries was also Carmona’s entry to the first Silliman Film Open, where it won Special Juror’s Award and Best Screen Play and UPelikula, a film festival of University of the Philippines – Cebu.
“I feel really blessed that my story has reached and perhaps touched so many lives. I think that’s what every filmmaker just wants to achieve,” said Carmona.
The film festival aims to showcase film productions in the province and promote the culture of Negros Oriental through films.
James Kho, project coordinator of Lutas, said that it is a film festival organized to encourage filmmakers in Negros Oriental to promote and preserve the film culture.
The submitted film entries included a collaboration of Negros Oriental State University, Foundation University (FU), and Silliman University. There were also individual films from the same schools.
Lutas was created by FU and has partnered with the National Commission of Culture and the Arts for two years since it opened.