Third SalaMindanaw IFF unveils Asian competition line up

   The third edition of SalaMindanaw International Film Festival has announced the official competition line up of the Festival scheduled from November 18 to December 2, 2015 in the cities of General Santos and Cotabato.

   Six films will vie in the Asian full-length competition. These are Chasing Waves (Charliebebs Gohetia, Philippines), Under Construction (Rubaiyat Hossain, Bangladesh), Jalanan (Daniel Ziv, Indonesia), Snakeskin (Daniel Hui, Singapore), River of Exploding Durians (Edmund Yeo, Malaysia) and Mencari Hilal (Ismail Basbeth, Indonesia).

   Meanwhile, seven films will compete in the Asian short film section. These are Elegy (Yousef Kargar, Iran), When The Boats Come In (Khin Maung Kyaw, Myanmar), Man in The Cinema House (Bernard Jay Mercado, Philippines), The Cat and The Orange Seeds (Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Vietnam), November (Shane Lim, Singapore), Following Diana (Kamila Andini, Indonesia) and The Young Man Who Came From The Chee River (Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand).

   With the exception of Bangladesh and Iran, all films in the line up are from Southeast Asia.

   “On our third year, the Festival’s programming is closer the vision of SalaMindanaw, which is to make the Festival a platform for Southeast Asian cinema,” festival director Teng Mangansakan revealed.

   “2015 marks the goal of ASEAN Integration. SalaMindanaw seeks to determine common images, icons and issues that form part of the Southeast Asian film iconography and discourse,” Mangansakan noted.

   SalaMindanaw is the first and only international film festival in Mindanao. It is organized by the Mindanao Center for the Cinematographic Arts.

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