Partner agencies Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Commission on Higher Education-Unified Student Financial System for Tertiary Education (CHED-UniFAST) are showcasing the 10 short films produced under the CineIskool Short Film Lab and Festival in a two-day screening, panel discussion and talkback sessions today, June 23, and on June 25 at the Gateway Mall.
This culminating set of activities will be capping the joint project of the two government agencies, FDCP and CHED-UniFAST, which began its initial talks in 2020 and was launched last 2021.
The CineIskool short film finalists will have a free public screening at Gateway Cinema 1 and will be shown as a set with three screening schedules today and at 12 p.m. on June 25.
Special screenings of Glenn Barit’s award-winning feature film Cleaners today will also accompany the finalists showcase.
Barit’s fresh take on Filipino student experience won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and the Audience Choice Award at the 2019 QCinema International Film Festival.
During the Awards Night, cash prizes will be given to CineIskool’s Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Jury’s Choice, Special Mention, and Chairman’s Award.
The winner of the top plum, the Best Film award, will receive P50,000 in cash prize.
To make the event more meaningful, there will also be a panel discussion to be moderated by director Carlo Catu, and a talkback session that will discuss the participants’ journeys after the screening of the films. Screening will continue on Saturday.
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño expressed her enthusiasm for the project, “It is an honor to collaborate with CHED-UniFAST in supporting initiatives like CineIskool, which not only creates a track for our future filmmakers, but also documents and brings to life poignant narratives from the young scholars from real to reel. These beautiful stories of hope and inspiration reflected the journeys and challenges of beneficiaries of CHED-UniFAST’s free tertiary education program. Special thanks to our filmmaker mentors who helped shape their projects from end to finish.
Our gratitude to Chairperson Popoy De Vera for entrusting FDCP with organizing CineIskool Film Lab and Festival and realizing his vision of making these narratives and CHED’s assistance program more known.”
“We are very excited to be culminating this important project and to finally show the products of the students’ hard work. These are real stories. These films show how free Higher Education subsidies changed these students’ lives,” CHED UniFAST OIC Executive Director Ryan Estevez shares.