The Commission on Population (POPCOM) launched the first National Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Film Festival with the theme, “Ang pag-aaral ay para sa hinaharap, huwag ipagpalit sa sandaling sarap”.
The Festival kicked-off with a 3-day workshop on Basic Filmmaking on November 23-25, 2015 at Privato Hotel, Pasig City. It was attended by young filmmakers, 3rd and 4th year High School students from 17 regions in the country. These students, already Regional Winners, competed in the National Level for the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Poster and Best Film.
The Workshop was followed by an Awarding Ceremony on November 26, 2015 at Century Park Hotel, Manila.
Region IV-A’s Positive bested the films from 17 other regions and was awarded Best Film. Region III’s Kanlungan landed as 1st runner-up and Region X’s Orasan and Region IV-B’s Tanikala as 2nd runner-ups.
Aside from bagging the Best Film award, Positive also got the most number of special awards during the event: Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.
Melnie Rose Urbina of Region IV-B’s Tanikala was hailed Best Actress while Ian Caballero of Region X’s Orasan as Best Actor.
Meanwhile, Orasan was awarded the Viewers’ Choice Award for having the most number of Likes on POPCOM’s and U4U’s Facebook pages and POPCOM’s Youtube channel. National Capital Region’s Tanikala ng Kahapon and Region IV-A’s Positive were also awarded as 1st and 2nd runner up respectively for the said award.
Orasan also won the Best Poster Award.
The films were carefully judged by film industry’s experts namely: Mark Anthony Bunda, Writer and Researcher of ABS-CBN; Randy Cura, Cinematographer and Maria Hanna Jaber, Training and Linkages Coordinator of Mulat-Pinoy/Kabataan News Network.
The criteria for judging are: Content (Narrative excellence, originality, creativity) – 40%; Technique (Cinematography, editing) -30%; Scoring (music, dialogue) -20% and Relevance to the theme – 10%.
Started two years ago by POPCOM Region X, the AHYD Film Festival aims to create awareness on the status of today’s adolescents and young people and provide a creative venue where they can express themselves on issues like teenage pregnancy, sexuality and reproductive health. The Festival was created as one of the advocacy activities of POPCOM for the AHYD program component of the Philippine Population Management Program.
POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III believes that this activity shall greatly contribute to improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young people.