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Provincial Govt. to hold first-ever Film Festival in Pangasinan

Lingayen, Pangasinan—To establish Pangasinan as a preeminent creative hub of the country, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan (PGP) will hold the first-ever film festival in Pangasinan.

Dubbed ‘PangaSINE Film Festival 2024,’ the activity will serve as one of the highlights of Pista’y Dayat (Sea Festival) this year.

As an initial step, Governor Ramon V. Guico III will sign a contract agreement with Mr. Narciso N. Santos, Jr., for the conduct of the activity.

A resolution was authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Marinor B. de Guzman and approved by the august body on March 12.

“For this year’s celebration of the Pista’y Dayat, Mr. Narciso N. Santos, Jr., shall be the strategic partner of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in the presentation of PangaSINE 2024: Official Film Festival of the Province of Pangasinan, with its festival theme: “Pangasinan Through the Lens of the Pangasinense,” the resolution partly stated.

Film-making workshops will be held primarily to encourage creativity through filmmaking, discover and nurture Pangasinenses to have the talent and skill in filmmaking, and produce meaningful and quality films that are exclusively made in Pangasinan.

Based on the project proposal presented by Pangasinan Information and Media Relations Officer Dhobie P. de Guzman, the event hopes to “source, curate, and exhibit 10 outstanding short films by homegrown filmmakers; conduct short courses (for students or individuals) in story writing, screen/scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography/principal photography, sound editing and design, film/video editing, and film appreciation.”

There are four essential elements the festival hopes to see. These are as follows: 1) narratives from the past that greatly influenced the present-day Pangasinense; 2) the vibrant and ever-changing culture of Pangasinan today; 3) storytelling techniques that fuse the traditional and modern; 4) the hopes, dreams, triumphs, and challenges of the modern Pangasinense, particularly of the youth.

(Ruby R. Bernardino/PIMRO)

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