LOOK: NYC and NCCA launch Sine Kabataan

Calling young filmmakers, enthusiasts and hobbyists, this is all for you.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) spearhead Sine Kabataan, a short film competition for the youth that showcases the current issues affecting them.

“We believe that film making is one potent medium that the youth can utilize as an opportunity to express their sentiments about issues confronting their generation more creatively,” NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra said.

Through the Sine Kabataan project, the youth, being one of the most vulnerable sectors should also be given the chance to express themselves by utilizing short films. Issues like mental health, bullying, youth in peacebuilding, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, among others are not easy to deal with but because these are real life scenarios, the youth can draw inspiration from them in developing their short film.

“Kailangan na mapalawak ang pang unawa sa damdamin ng mga kabataan. Mahalagang malaman nating lahat kung ano ang kanilang pananaw sa mga kaganapan sa kapaligiran. Kadalasan ay nag-uugat ang di pagkakaunawaan dahil walang pamamaraan para maihayag ang saloobin nila. Ang Sine Kabataan is one great chance and a giant step to acknowledge the youth’s creativity and innovativeness in translating their real life’s journey into a short film,” Seguerra adds.

Sine Kabataan is open to all filmmakers of ages 18 to 24-years-old. Prizes in cash and in kind await the winners. Short films that will make it as finalists will be featured along with full feature counterparts during the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino in August.

The competition serves to encourage the youth to develop their creativity and originality through storytelling, touching important issues of today:

  • Health (Teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, mental health)
  • Education (OSY, bullying, lack of access)
  • Security and Peace Building (Youths in conflict with the law, youth in conflicted areas, youth in peace building)
  • Family Values (Domestic violence, abandonment, effects of migration)

In line with the celebration of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), it’ll feature the films in theaters nationwide on August 16-22, 2017. Entries must be submitted on or before June 30, 2017 at the Office of the National Youth Commission, 3/F West Insula Condominium, West Avenue, Quezon City.

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