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BACOLOD CITY – Twenty short films competing in the Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival 2022 will be screened at the Cinematheque Centre Negros of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) here on November 21 to 27.

This year’s edition features nine finalists for the Open Category and 11 others for the Intercollegiate Category.

The Open Category accepts entries from amateur and professional Negrosanon filmmakers.

The Intercollegiate Category is open to students enrolled in any private and public institution or vocational school in Negros Island.

“Sine Negrense continues to provide a viable outlet of expression and aims to bring out a new generation of filmmakers and enthusiasts,” the organizers led by festival director Tanya Lopez and associate director Banjo Hinolan said in a statement on Thursday.

Now in its fifth year, the film festival, a project of the FDCP, the province of Negros Occidental, the Negros Cultural Foundation, and The Negros Museum, aims to cultivate an informed public on the importance of cinema and storytelling in the context of national identity, culture, and heritage.

The finalists in the Open Category are “A Cookie Movie” directed by Dale Gugudan; Julius de la Peña’s “Amo Guid Na Da Sila”; Jonathan Jurilla’s “Ang Babayi sa Suba”; Emmary’s “Apple Soda”; Junmarl Alconga’s “Balangaw”; Kurt Soberano’s “Golden Bells”; Ferdinand Macalisang’s “Itib-ong”; Lorenz Carmona’s “On A Knotted Bough”; and Zack Verzosa’s

In the Intercollegiate Category, the entries include “Ading”, “One-Eyed Pig” and “Perya De Juan”, all from the University of St. La Salle; “Baganihan”, “Sa Kalaut Sang Katobtoban”, and “Testigo”, Colegio San Agustin Bacolod; “Pugong” and “Sa Halalban”, University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos; “Balas, Balud Kag Mga Bituon” and “Daga”, Sagay National High School; and “Handuraw”, Negros Occidental High School.

The best short feature film for both categories will be awarded a cash prize and a trophy during the Sine Negrense Awards Night at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central Cinema on November 27. (PNA)