Seven days of indie movies at .MOV International Digital Film Festival

The Daily Tribune
09/26/2008

If filmmakers could rewrite The Creation of the World, a lot of things would certainly change — it would be in digital format, black and white, linear, deleted scenes, re-takes and extras. But it would still begin with “Let there be light” — followed by camera and action.

.MOV (dot-mov) — the first digital film festival in the country — is a week-long festival that will showcase innovative films from independent filmmakers both from the local and international arena starting Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, at Robinsons Movieworld, Robinsons Galleria.

.MOV is the first digital film festival in the Philippines. Dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of digital filmmaking, the festival spotlights the future of filmmaking with a dynamic line-up of film screenings, in-depth panel discussions and hands-on technology presentations.

Digital Dekalogo 10×10

.MOV will have an exhibition of 10 of the very best local and international independently produced digital features explained through 10 local filmmakers with aims of mentoring the Filipino audience to appreciate world cinema with an expert’s eye and Filipino sensibilities.

Tribute.MOV

Cineastes may look forward to .MOV’s tribute to local filmmaking mavericks — Lav Diaz, Roxlee and Kidlat Tahimik — with a book, CD and DVD launch plus premieres of Melancholia, Green Rocking Chair and Maikli at Tahimik.

Retrospective.MOV

A retrospective on the wild, wired, digital world of prominent movers in digital filmmaking with this year’s theme of “Extreme Cinema Wasakero” highlights films and filmmakers that challenge the norm with the themes of their movies.

Shorts.MOV

The inaugural event will also have a program called Shorts.MOV, a showcase of the best digital short films in the world from two of the most prestigious international short film festivals, Clemont-Ferrand (France) and Oberhausen (Germany).

Silvershorts

A short film competition for students and professionals will range from narrative, experimental, documentary, animation, to music video. Finalists for the student category include: 123, Anomi, June 9, Kamatis, Kumot, Papelove, Pisi, Stop, Play and Pause, Ultra and Publico Makata. Finalists for the open category include: # Café, Ambulancia, Ampo, Andong, Libingan, Nekro, Saling Pusa, The Prayer, Tiangge and VTR.

Film Concert.MOV

A special programming of rare, out-of-print Filipino classic films scored live by the country’s most recognized independent bands such as Radioactive Sago Project, Pedicab and Queso will be featured with a digital twist that underscores the festival’s aim to showcase film’s ever changing language.

Cinemo: Young Artists Initiative

To develop a new breed of filmmakers to follow these legends’ footsteps, .MOV will have workshops led by world-renowned industry experts, as well as a young critics’ initiative that focuses on teaching how to write about films by tackling a new wave of criticism, retrospection, and commentary on films to help artists to interface with the international community.

So The Creation of the first digital international film festival was rewritten, reedited and redirected, and there was .MOV. And the film gods saw that it was good.

The event is sponsored by Filmless Films, Robinsons Movieworld, Swiftsure Group and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. For more information, visit http://www.movfest.com or e-mail dotmov@gmail.com.

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