DOT launches 6th CineKasimanwa

The Department of Tourism (DOT-6) has officially launched this year’s CineKasimanwa: Western Visayas Film Festival.

The 6th edition of CineKasimanwa is hosted by the province of Capiz, which is regarded as “one of the strongest advocates of arts, culture and heritage in the Western Visayas region.”

“Capiznons have always been proud of their culture and heritage as depicted in their works of art. This is Capiz’s moment. We will support it the same way we have during the first five editions of Cinekasimanwa,” said DOT-6 Director Helen J. Catalbas.

According to her, the film festival has become a “powerful tool in the promotion and development of the best and emerging destinations in the region while providing opportunities to the grassroots-level.”

Catalbas said she is “looking forward to discovering and meeting new talented Ilonggo filmmakers to compete this year.”

The staging of the 6th CineKasimanwa is in partnership with Western Visayas Filmmakers Network. It is scheduled on December 1-7, 2018 in Capiz and December 8-10, 2018 in Iloilo City.

The DOT-6 also launched the 3rd Western Visayas Film Grant.

Catalbas said the previous batches of film grantees “exceeded their expectations.”

“The first two batches of our grantees fulfilled their task to produce stories that create deep connection between viewers and the places being showcased as local setting or backdrop of the films.”

The DOT-6 presented new rules and regulations/mechanics for the Western Visayas Film Grants 2018 during the launching at the University of the Philippines Visayas Cinematheque on July 6.IMT