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Short films by Sillimanians featured in nat’l film fest

Stephanie Ria L. Colinco

Two short films made by Silliman University students represented the Silliman Film Open during the Cinema Rehiyon 8 last Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in Cavite.

“The House, The Dead, The Ugly” by Von Christian Colina, a fine arts major, represented the Silliman Film Open at the Cinema Rehiyon. Meanwhile, “Faeries” by Lurlyn Carmona, an alumna of the College of Mass Communication, represented both the Silliman Film Open and Lutas, the film festival of Negros Oriental.

Carmona, who is now in the United States, said that having her film featured in the festival is “bittersweet.”

“I couldn’t be there to represent the film in Cavite, but [it is] also humbling to know that my film made it to such a prestigious showcase. I think all a filmmaker really wants is for people to watch his/her finished obras, and to take something from it,” Carmona said.

Carmona added that her short film was inspired by her grief over losing her grandfather.

“The film was inspired by sad goodbyes that are necessary, but not necessarily the end,” Carmona said.

These two short films that were showcased during Cinema Rehiyon’s eighth year were winners of the Silliman Film Open.

Cinema Rehiyon features films that are made by filmmakers from different regions of the country outside Metro Manila.

According to Ian Casocot, festival director of the Silliman Film Open, the “National Commission for Culture and the Arts/National Committee on Cinema hand picks from winners and choice selections from various film festivals all over the country.”

“Dumaguete has three school-based festivals: the Silliman Film Open, Foundation University Short Film Festival, and the [Negros Oriental State University] Film Festival, and one provincial festival called Lutas,” Casocot said.

Casocot said that local filmmakers like Xteve Abanto, Razceljan Salvarita, and Ramon del Prado have had their short films also featured in the said festival.

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