We are very happy to note that CINEMAGIS is now on its 6th year of nurturing and harvesting the filmmaking potentials of Northern Mindanao. CINEMAGIS started in 2009 as one of the CINEMAS in the REGIONS – film festivals supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts through its National Committee on Cinema.
CINEMAGIS is organized by Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (Xavier University), Xavier Science Foundation, Research Institute for Mindanao Cultures, XU NSTP and SM City Cagayan de Oro. CINEMAGIS is a digital short film competition open to all student and professional film makers from the region.
From 2009 to 2011, CINEMAGIS’ student best directors have been given scholarships and took film courses in DLSU – College of St Benilde.
Mr Glenn Mark Doromal graduated from St Benilde last 2013 and has directed his film thesis titled “Infinite Sun” or “Walay Katapusang Adlaw.” His thesis won acclamations and bagged the Grand Jury Prize during the 2013 Mindanao Film Festival in Davao City.
Infinite Sun will also be shown during the regular screening of CINEMAGIS. Mr Glenn Mark Doromal will also receive a special citation on his achievement.
Mr Jenriel Pons Lagat, an alumnus of Xavier University High School, is on his film production and on his way to his thesis defense – still in St Benilde. Mr Lagat has directed films that made to the top awards in CINEMAGIS from 2011-2013.
Another breakthrough was Jasmine Limas’ film CARMEN, which gave her the best film award and her road to CINEMA REHIYON 4. Her film CARMEN was also programmed and featured in a film festival in San Francisco, USA.
Items above are just proofs of where the CINEMAGIS’ films have gone to. Winners of both the student and professional categories and some outstanding films are programmed in the annual CINEMA REHIYON, which is the mother regional film festival And flagship project of the National Committee on Cinema.
Filmmakers who made it to CINEMA REHIYON’s programs are Shaun Alejandrae Uy, Tsaddi Esguerra, Glenn Mark Doromal, Jenriel Lagat, Aine Codas, Rosalie Zerrudo, Javey Martinez, Ray Anthony Lao, Gray Em Erezo, Krizza Campano and Frenz Dale Magno.
This year, CINEMAGIS is proud to curate films that have social relevance. There are films that reflect on climate, women, gender, peace and development, food health and sanitation, social prejudice, self awareness and respect.
CINEMAGIS- 6th Digital Short Film Festival entries include students: Christine Pulgo’s LUGOS, Angel Frances Borres’ PERLA, Eastine Charles Taneo’s WA KO KAKITA, Richard Mar Cabarte’s KAON TA, Jamela Bato’s CEASEFIRE, Krystel Hypa Magallanes’ UNAWA, Janine Banday’s THE PERFECT GIRL and JS Legara’s BINIBINING KANSER.
The professional category has Tat Soriano’s PANAMILIT, Gray Em Erezo’s LUGDANG, Mark Gio Amoguis’ ESTRELLA, Kevin Nico Surposa’s HELLO, and Joeromer Bacus’ IKA-3 PUTAHI.
All films will be shown in XU Little Theater and SM City Cagayan de Oro Cinema 3. Admission is free.