FACINE 26 opens call for entries


Filipino Arts and Cinema, International recently announced its call for entries to the 26th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival to be held in October at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The festival holds the distinction of being the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in North America.

FACINE 26 will select 8 to 9 full-length films that will be eligible to vie for awards in its main competition section this year. Competition entries should be San Francisco premieres.

A panel of three jury members will select the winners, which will be announced in a closing ceremony after all screenings are completed. Awards to be given in this competition are Best Film, Direction, Performances by an Actor and Actress in Lead and Supporting roles, Writing, Editing, Cinematography, Visual Design and Aural Design.

A parallel competition for short films will also be held and they will vie for the Best Short Film award to be chosen by a separate panel of three jury members. A Viewer’s Choice award will be decided online.

All entries by media artists of Filipino descent, regardless of the number of entries, genre, subject, and style, will be considered. Entries shall be no more than 120 minutes in length. Non-Filipino filmmakers may submit the works, but the subject must be on the Filipino. There is no registration fee.

If in a language other than English, all entries must be with English subtitles and shall be submitted in DVD or online. If online, send entries via Vimeo link or YouTube link to the address that will be sent to the interested party. Entries in DVD format may be mailed to this address:

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Mauro Tumbocon, Jr., Director, Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE)

537 Jones Street, PMB 2643

San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Submission deadline for screeners, either online or by mail is on May 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PST.

For the link to Rules and Entry Form, please send an email to submissions@facine.org.

For further details, carefully read the “Rules of Entry and Screening License Agreement” indicated in the submissions link to be provided to any interested party.

FACINE continues to showcase Filipino independent cinema – both from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora – because Tumbocon believes that it is “valuable for strengthening our ethnic/national identity in a multi-cultural society like America.”

He shared that the festival “provides a venue for engaging our community in issues relevant to us and to build a sustainable audience/market for Filipino cinema in the US.”

“I believe this is doable given the sheer number of Filipino population in America, but dependent on how we are going to promote our work, reach out to untapped audience, and have FACINE be a financially sustainable organization,” he added. (Seymour Barros Sanchez)