Zamboanga City holds international film festival

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The public will have the opportunity to view for free classic Filipino and foreign films at selected cinemas in Mindpro shopping mall here as the two-day Zamboanga International Film Festival reels off Friday.

The film festival, which is part of the 76th Dia de Zamboanga (Charter Day) celebration, is a joint undertaking of the city government and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), according to Mayor Celso Lobregat.

The City of Zamboanga is celebrating its charter day anniversary on February 26 that marks the day when the first set of officials of this city was installed into office.

Lobregat said the classic films will be shown at Cinema 1 and Cinema 3 of Mindpro shopping mall, which is located downtown.

Lobregat said Zamboanga City is proud to partner with the FDCP in holding the International Film Festival in line with the commitment to help create a platform to showcase great short films and, most importantly, to promote and stimulate local film making.

Cinema 1 will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Friday for the free screening of Filipino films which include “Walay Tumoy na Punterya” (R13), “Qiyamah” (PG), “Chasing Fireflies” (R13), “Anac ti Pating” (PG) and “Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro” (PG).

Cinema 3 will start at 10 a.m. on the same day the continuous screening for foreign films, among which are “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Miranda Regresa” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Silencio En La Nieve” (R13) and “Habana Eva” (R13).

Cinema 1 will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for the free public screening of “Anac ti Pating” (PG), “Malan” (R13), “Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin” (PG), “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok” (PG), “Huling Biyahe” (R13) and “Qwerty” (R13).

At 10 a.m. on the same day, Cinema 3 will start the public screening of such foreign films as “Silencio en la Nieve” (PG), “Trabajando con la Muerte” (R13), “Un Cuento Chino” (PG), “Venezzia” (R13) and “No Habra Paz para Los Malvados” (R18).

Lobregat said the staging of the film fest also serves as cultural exchange between the Philippines and the sponsoring countries like Spain and France, where Filipino films are also shown on special events.

The holding of the Zamboanga International Film Festival is now on its third year of presentation. (MindaNews)