The Eksena Cinema Quarantine: COVID-19 Filmmakers’ Diaries 2 will feature 16 films selected to chronicle filmmakers’ stories amid varying restrictions and alert levels during the pandemic, a press release from the organizers said.
This year also marks the culmination of the centennial celebration of Philippine cinema and as continuation of the first ECQ, the National Committee on Cinema, a sub-committee of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, initiates ECQ2 which will feature two Omnibus Films out of the 16 selected films.
Sub Committee on the Arts (SCA) and National Committee on Cinema chair Rolando Tolentino said the NCC continues to support the efforts by filmmakers from the regions to persevere in their craft, to make films in the hardest of pandemic times, to thrive as productive filmmakers in spite and despite the pandemic.
“In its second year, Eksena Cinema Quarantine is not only a showcase of the best of regional filmmaking but more so, a testament to Filipino filmmakers’ commitment to film as art and Philippine society,” Tolentino added.
These 16 films were made by filmmakers namely: Joseph Andrew Abello, Roberto Acusar Jr., Reyan Christian Amacna, Ara Mina Amor, Mervine Anjelo Aquino, Brian Jonathan Bringuer, Demie Dangla, Jean Claire Dy, Christopher Gozum, Xavier Axl Roncesvalles, Jarell Serencio,
Alyssa Mariel Suico, Kevin Van Sulitas, Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui, Hubert Tibi, and Jasper Villasis.
In partnership with the University of St. La Salle and the NCCA-NCC, this project aims to contribute to the development of Philippine cinema by curating omnibus feature-length films in the time of COVID-19 and to be able to document the individual and collective experiences of artists, cultural workers, Filipinos, and the Philippines in the midst of a global health crisis.
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