Davao artists hatch Pecha Kucha Night

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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – A group of local artists will hold on Saturday the first-ever Pecha Kucha Night here at Java Jive along Quirino Avenue in a bid to provide a creative space for old and budding artists.

In an interview at the sidelines of Club 888 Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao on Wednesday, Julia Jasmine Sta. Romana, campaigner for Internet Rights of Davao Dakila Collective, said they are coming up with the event in order to give the potential artists a chance to showcase their different art forms.

Originated in Tokyo in 2003, Pecha Kucha is the art of doing a presentation with 20 slides for 20 seconds each, or a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. But some organizers have added variations to the format, like this upcoming showing of short films in this city.

The staging of the Pecha Kucha is also aimed at making art more accessible to the public who, Sta. Romana added, are sometimes limited to the arts displayed at the galleries.

“We have artists everywhere. Even a simple showcase of cakes can be a form of art,” she said, hoping to put the artists together during the Pecha Kucha Night.

The event came into being as a way to use different art forms to support advocacies.

Dubbed as “Minute Movies: Telling Big Stories Through Short Films,” four Davao artists will be featured during this event. They are Bagane Fiola, Jad Montenegro-Amor, Maki Serapio, and Gian Enrique. All four of them will feature minute-movies that they themselves made or collaborated.

Fiola is an award-winning filmmaker behind Sonata Maria, which is currently part of the latest Cinemarehiyon in Cebu City, and Davao Ngilngig Films 2015 – A collection of Ghost Stories from Davao.

Serapio is a sound designer and award winning indie filmmaker. His work for Sonata Maria recently earned him the Best Sound Design award from the Young Critics Circle in Manila.

Enrique is a multimedia artist who, with his team, recently won DCPlinado: A Documentary Film Competition hosted by the City Government of Davao winning People’s Choice Award and the coveted first place.

Musician Montenegro-Amor was recognized for her score of the movie “Sonata” winning Best Soundtrack at the 2015 Young Critics Circle Awards.

After all artists present their arts, around 50 guests will be given the chance to talk with them.

Sta. Romana said the Pecha Kucha, which means “chit-chat” in Japanese, have gathered designers and shared their work with others. The movement has since then expanded to over 800 cities all over the world.

The brains behind Dakila Davao Collective had thought of bringing it to Davao since it is advocacy-centered and in line with its flagship program Cineminuto, a competition for amateur filmmakers.

Davao Dakila Collective social manager Jessica Madrazo announced that Cineminuto is now accepting one-minute movie entries that would focus on heroism. The contest started on June 22 until August 28, 2015.

“Through films, we can showcase heroism in different forms,” she said.

Contestants should create an original 60-second film that should convey a strong message on “what makes someone a hero.”

Entries must be submitted to activevista@dakila.org.ph.

Criteria for judging are 30 percent for the concept, 30 percent relevance to the theme, 20 percent for execution and 20 percent audience impact, which includes shares and likes from Dakila and Heneral Luna Facebook page.

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