With a theme “Minute Movies: Telling Big Stories Through Short Films”, Dakila social media manager Jessica Madrazo said Pecha Kucha will serve as a venue for those artists and aspiring artists to showcase their work – movies and films.
“It aims to revitalize the city’s film industry and to encourage more creatives to explore using short films as a way to tell larger life stories,” Madrazo said during the Club 888 at Marco Polo Hotel on Wednesday.
Pecha Kucha is a Japanese word means chika-chika (conversation), Madrazo said, adding that the event is the first of its kind in Davao City.
The Pecha Kucha is an international networking, showcase and meet-up event for designers and creatives. It started out in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 as a way for designers to get together and share their work in public.
The movement has expanded to over 800 countries all over the world. It also provides their host cities a global stage to showcase their local arts communities and venues to use art as a way to create social change.
“We are inviting all those filmmakers and artists who work on film and movies to be part of the event, para makita ng Davao City that we do have film industry and we have a lot of talented creatives and artists,” Madrazo said.
The only thing about the Pecha Kucha, it has to observe strictly 20 by 20 roll (20 images and 20 seconds per images). The presentor has to prepare 20 images only.
The Pecha Kucha Night will have a panel featuring renowned local filmmakers and creatives, such as Bagana Fiola, the award-winning filmmaker (Sonata Maria); and Maki Serapio, a sound designer and award-winning indie filmmaker.
Gian Enrique, a multimedia artist, whose team recently won the DCPlinado: A Documentary Film Competition hosted by the City Government of Davao; and Jad Montenegro-Amor, an awarded musician, will also join the panel.
“Pecha Kucha has no entrance fee and is open to those interested in filmmaking. This is the first of the series Pech Kuch night in the country,” Madrazo said.
Dakila, a collective for modern heroism, mobilizing people to push for social change, organized such event to inform, inspire, and incite civil society into action.
In line with this event, Dakila campaigner for international rights Julia Jasmine Sta. Romana said they will hold a filmmaking competition on stories on modern heroism.
Romana said the competition dubbed as CineMinuto is open for entries from amateur filmmakers from all over the country.
“It is a one-minute film featuring stories about modern heroes. The winners will win a trip to Ilocos, P5,000 worth of gift certificates from different stores and free tickets to the premier night of Heneral Luna,” Madrazo said.
Heneral Luna is the latest film by award winning director Jerrold Tarog.
“Our purpose here is to showcase modern heroism and encourage people to realize that there are different forms of heroism hindi na yung mamatay ng dahil sayo anymore. This will be a chance for those who are interested,” Madrazo said. (ICT)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 13, 2015.
(This article was originally posted in Sunstar)