CALL FOR ENTRIES: 3rd Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival

Calling all students, independent and amateur filmmakers and film/media collectives to submit entries for the 3rd PANDAYANG LINO BROCKA Political Film and New Media Festival. Deadline of submission of entries is until May 15, 2011.

Categories for the festival includes documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, PSAs, motion graphics, or any other form of new media. Works produced from 2000 onwards are accepted and more than one entry from one group or individual is allowed.
Entries should be about NATIONALISM or LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY.

Works from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR will have representation in the screenings.

Film Festival Date: August 10-11, 2011

For queries, contact tudla_productions@yahoo.com or 0922-897-57766 or +632-345-8804

The 3rd Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival is brought to us by TUDLA Productions in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI).

The Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival is a cultural gathering that aims to inspire the creation and popularization of truthful, artistic and relevant audiovisual works to enlighten and cultivate critical consciousness of the mass audience. This maiden launch of this festival in 2009 aims to be an aggregate of efforts in political cinema production and distribution in the first decade of the 21st century, a time of worsening economic crisis aggravating the poor people’s plight.

This affair hails the daring of the late Lino Brocka, whose works earned local and international acclaim for political cinema and whose untimely death saw a decline in political cinema in the mainstream. While critical of the government and the prevailing system, even the government recognized his talent and contribution, as he was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film in 1997.

It is Lino Brocka’s strong conviction that artists are first and foremost citizens, and must address the issues confronting the country. That’s why in his practice, his films “look with sympathy on the common man and the human condition” and were situated in their dwellings and thoughts. Lino Brocka firmly believes that films and politics cannot be dissociated. His desire is to develop what he calls “the Great Filipino Audience” which for him is more important than creating “the Great Filipino Movie.”

Films of political and progressive content are deemed to be not widely patronized or are thought to be not commercial successes. But if the audience is the common people and the works speak of their lives, no political film shall ever be unpopular and immaterial. They will always find audience among the millions of poor and oppressed people in society, as the films of Lino Brocka.

There is a battleground in the field of filmmaking and artistic production—the struggle for the hearts and minds of the people. This festival engages itself in this battle, as it campaigns for artists and audience to revert from the dominant practice of local mainstream and Hollywood entertainment production and consumption to film as a platform for social and political commentary.
Truly, film is a powerful tool to shape mind and consciousness. Artists are here challenged to use film as a vehicle for socio-cultural reflection and as an ideological weapon to liberate the minds of the people. For films as art that exposes, identifies and defies the oppressors in society guides the way for the realization of the democratic aspirations of the people.

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TUDLA Productions is also looking for volunteers, members who would like to train and dare fulfill the duties of an alternative media group! Please contact 0922-897-5766 (sun) or 09168248246 (globe)

“We must produce films that will hurt, films that will not let you rest, for the times are bad and given times like these, it is a crime to rest.” ~ Lino Brocka

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