2016 National Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival
December 6-7, 2016
The Commission on Population is proud to announce the 2nd Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Film Festival which will take place in Quezon City on December 6-7, 2016.
The AHD Film Festival was originally conceived to provide a venue for creativity among young people and at the same time raise their awareness on various issues affecting them such as teenage pregnancy, early sexual encounters, climate change among others. This year’s theme, Kabataan, Kalusugan, Kalikasan: Magkaugnay, highlights the interrelationship among population, health and environment (PHE) and its effects in the context of sustainable development.
The Festival kicks-off with a one (1) day Youth-for-you (U4U) Teen Trail on December 6 at the University Hotel, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Miguel Tanfelix, U4U celebrity ambassador, will grace the event and advocate about self-respect which is a critical foundation to surviving adolescence. U4U is an innovative mix of educational activities which provides teens critical information and services to help protect them from poor decisions and abuse. It will be followed by an Awarding Ceremony on December 7 at the UP Film Center.
Seventeen films produced by Grades 10-11 students from seventeen regions were carefully judged by film industry’s experts namely: CineKasimanwa Festival Director Elvert Bañares; Cinemalaya Founding Member Edward Cabagnot, Award-winning filmmaker and director of Crossroads Charliebebs Gohetia, SalaMindanaw Festival Director Gutierez Mangansakan II, Population, Health and Development consultant Maria Corazon Dela Paz and POPCOM’s very own, Planning and Monitoring Division Chief Jackylin Robel.
The films screened were already Regional Winners and competed in the National Level for the following categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Scoring, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Poster, Best Trailer, Best Production Design and Best Sound Design.
Initially launched 2 years ago by POPCOM Region X, the AHD Film Festival, now a national event, 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 adopted by POPCOM Central Office as one of the advocacy activities for the AHD component of the Philippine Population Management Program. POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III believes that this activity will greatly contribute to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of young people. #