TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A short film from Quirino General High School bested six other films in Cagayan Valley’s Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Film Festival in SM City Cauayan, Isabela on Friday, October 20.
The winning film “Silid” also nabbed most of the awards. This included best cinematography, best screenplay, best production design, best poster, and best trailer.
In total, the school took home P14,000 with P6,000 for winning best film and P8,000 for auxiliary awards.
The said short film will also be the official entry of Commission on Population (PopCom) Region 02 in the National AHD Film Fest.
In the film fest, Santiago National High School’s “Nina” won second best film, while Cauayan City National High School’s “Milenyalismo” landed third place. Santiago City High and Cauayan City High won P4,000 and P2,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Cagayan National High School’s Jan Owen Lucena took home P2,000 for winning best performance in a supporting role in the short film “Sigget.”
Cauayan City High’s Irish Aiyen Arcega and Jesus Tagabi won best director and best performance in a lead role, respectively, for the film “Milenyalismo.” The two took home P3,000 each.
Other entries included “Litrato” of Ilagan National High School, “Salamin” of Raniag National High School, Ramon, Isabela; and “Bannawag” of Our Lady of Fatima High School, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya.
PopCom Regional Director Angelito Obcena said the film festival was rooted in the theme Post-millennial Filipinos: Renewed Hope vs. Risk with the sub-theme based on the study Batang Ina: Teenage Fertility Experience of Young Women in Cagayan Valley.
In PopCom’s Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality study in 2013, highest teenage fertility rate was reported in Cagayan Valley. With this, Obcena said the films will be used next year for PopCom’s awareness campaign under AHD program in schools throughout the region.
The said film festival featured 15-minute short films.
Prior to the film festival, the production teams underwent film making seminar conducted by PopCom Region 02. Northernforum.net