9 Pinoy students compete in film fest in Japan
MANILA - Nine Filipino high school students will be embarking on a trip to Japan on November 25 after their film entries have been selected to compete in the 2013 Asian International Children's Film Festival.
Through the screening conducted by the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), the following finalists were chosen:
David Alexander Tabuena Gordon, Russ Earl Micah Malangen, Justin Daniel De Dios
(La Salle Greenhills)
Sabrina Elysha Go Santos, Henzor Dauigoy, Genevie Abarsoza
(Southville International School and Colleges)
Mary Rose E. Brandon, Savannah Maria Lantay, Danielle Angela Montezon
(The Living Epistle Christian Academy Incorporated)
The theme for this year is centered on bullying, and the student films deal with the different faces of bullying, the consequences, and the challenge to stand up against it.
Now on its 7th year, the contest gives high school students who are film-making enthusiasts the chance to showcase their skills among their peers from across Asia.
The students from the Philippines will be joined by peers from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Myanmar to vie for the best amateur film, as well as visit Japan, to develop closer international ties.
Last year, the Philippines, represented by James Francis Conda and Kyle Robert Vergara, from San Beda College Alabang won 2nd Place for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award at the film festival, held on November 24, 2012, at Awaji, Japan.
The nine members of the three qualifying entries will be going on an all-expense paid trip to Japan for 8 days, from November 25 to December 2, 2013, under the auspices of the Japanese government's JENESYS 2.0 program or the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth.
The finalists will not only participate in the film festival on November 30, but they will also engage in cultural exchange.