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Caceres Launches 5th Peñafrancia Short Film Festival

The Archdiocese of Caceres, through the Caceres Commission on Communications, in cooperation with the Department of Education - Region V and the Local Government of Naga City have launched the 5th Peñafrancia Short Film Festival with the theme: “The Youth With Ina: Beloved, Gifted and Empowered”. A Shortfilm Festival highlighting the youth as stewards of creation and builders of a bright future with their youthful passion.

The Peñafrancia Short Film Festival was conceptualized in 2013 under the inspiration of the late Most Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, OP, who dedicated his remaining years as shepherd of the Local Church of Caceres in propagating his love and devotion to INA, Our Lady of Peñafrancia. He produced a film for Her “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig” with the late multi awarded Film Marilu Diaz Abaya as its Director. Inspired by his love to INA, the organizers came up with Peñafrancia Short Film Festival to discover young filmmakers produce shortfilms that will help in promoting the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Now on its fifth year, the Peñafrancia Short Film Festival has already discovered and developed filmmakers who will bring not only their talents but above all the gospel values to the film industry. Inspired by the previous 4 festivals (October 2013, September 2014, September 2015 and September 2017), the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to hold another festival this Year of the Youth 2019.

The 5th Peñafrancia Short Film Festival will have three (3) activities. The first is the Shortfilm Workshop Seminars which will be on July 27-28. A team from Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) will facilitate the 2 - day workshop at the Caceres Lay Formation Center, Basilica Compound, Naga City.

The competition/festival proper wherein participants will compete in two categories: a.) School Category: 10 – 20 minute Short Film and b.) Parish Youth Category: 1 Minute – Advocacy/Infomercial.

The school category is open to all Grade 7 to 12 students in public and private schools in Bicol region. The medium of the entries can either be in Bicol or Tagalog with English Subtitle. The entries are based on the above theme. The top 5 entries of the festival will later be chosen. The Parish Youth category is open to all parishes in Bicol and is limited to 1 minute informercial. All entries must promote Christian values focusing on youth concerns or advocacies.

Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. For the student category: Best Film – P50,000.00, second best film, P25,000.00, third best film: P15,000.00; while for the parish youth category; Best Infomercial will receive P10,000.00, P7,000.00 and P5,000.00 for the second and third respectively. Special Awards will also be given.

Lastly, the shortfilm entries will also be featured in road shows in designated cinemas in Bicol Region. Likewise the same set of films will be brought to schools of the region. Priorities will also be given to participating schools.

There are also parishes and towns where public viewings will be held. Road shows will be held parish churches where people of all walks of life can view the productions of the young filmakers. The christian values of the films will be easily delivered to the parishioners especially the youth.

Those who are interested are advised to visit the FB page of the Peñafrancia Short Film Festival (

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