Dutch-Filipino Film Festival comes to Davao City 

Dutch-Filipino Film Festival comes to Davao City 

Human rights-themed films to be featured

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DAKILA, an artist collective organizing the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, presents a Dutch-Filipino Film Festival showcasing the best of Dutch and Filipino films.

The Dutch-Filipino Film Festival opens today, Saturday, July 30, at 5 p.m. at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City.

The Film Festival is in celebration of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular ties between the Netherlands and the Philippines.

Reflecting the strong commitment the two nations share to promote human rights, the festival aims to inspire sustainable innovations to address the global challenges ahead.

The festival opens with the screening of two films, EEN DAG IN ‘T JAAR (12 Months in 1 Day) by Margot Schaap and MISS BULALACAO by Ara Chawdhury.

Filipino-Dutch Film Festival scheduleThe Dutch film 12 Months in 1 Day won the Special Newcomer Award and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award at the IFF Mannheim- Heidelberg while the Bisaya film Miss Bulalacao won Best Screenplay at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival and the Best First Feature Award from the Young Critics Circle.

Her Excellency Marion Derckx of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will open the Dutch- Filipino Film Festival in Davao City.

The cocktail reception is at 5 p.m. and program starts at 6 p.m.

The festival will run till October 2016 and will travel to key regional cities nationwide with screenings in Manila, Davao, Iloilo, Cebu, and Baguio.

Following the opening of the Dutch-Filipino Film Festival in Abreeza Mall, free screenings will be held at the FDCP Davao Cinematheque from August 2 to 5, 2016 (Tuesday to Friday). Below are the screening schedules:

August 2, 2016, Tuesday 

3:30 PM A FAMILY AFFAIR by Tom Fassaert 5:30 PM PUROK 7 by Carlo Obispo
August 3, 2016, Wednesday
3:30 PM Dutch-Filipino Short Films


August 4, 2016, Thursday 

3:30 PM A HAUNTING HISTORY by Ilse van Velzen/Femke van Velzen 5:30 PM EDNA by Ronnie Lazaro
August 5, 2016, Friday
3:30 PM SHIFT by Siege Ledesma

5:30 PM BOYS by Mischa Kamp

The Dutch-Filipino Film Screenings is a special section of the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. The festival program in Davao City includes the roadshow for the “Bayani Ba ‘To forum: Heroism X Pagibig” which brings discussions on heroism through the new historical film, Hermano Puli by Gil Portes to five schools in Davao City, namely Ateneo de Davao University, Philippine Women’s College, Holy Cross of Davao College, University of Mindanao, and University of the Philippines Mindanao.

The film’s star, Aljur Abrenica, will be speaking to Davao youth in the forums in Philippine Women’s College and Holy Cross of Davao. The Active Vista Short Films shall also be screened on July 29, 6 p.m. at the Z Leaf Bar.

Active Vista dares to inspire a revolution of the minds of its audience by bringing together truth and imagination, advocacy and art, and empowerment and entertainment on the big screen.

Active Vista is organized by DAKILA, an organization of artists and advocates building a movement of heroism towards social transformation. It fosters citizenship by building one’s capacity to make change; organizes communities to be part of the movement for change, and takes on advocacy campaigns to bring about strategic actions that make real change.

It was founded by multi-awarded writer and journalist Lourd de Veyra, musician Noel Cabangon, veteran actor Ronnie Lazaro, Parokya ni Edgar bassist Buwi Meneses, and the late comedian Tado.

The Active Vista International Human Rights Film festival is co-presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Movies that Matter, and civil society organizations such as the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, the Ateneo Human Rights Center, the Alternative Law Groups, Metro Manila Pride and the Filipino Freethinkers.

In Davao City, the festival is co-presented by the Communication Majors’ Alliance of Davao, SWITO Corporation, Sine K’Mindanawon, Pasalidahay, UP Salida, JCI, and the Ateneo Film Circle.

For the complete festival opening program and film synopses, visit www.activevista.ph. For press inquiries and to confirm attendance for the festival opening, you may contact Melissa Barrera at [email protected] or at mobile number +639224093406.

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