Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila’s premier film organization, FEU Film Society, commenced the 15th year of their annual film festival, the Sinepiyu with the theme ‘Sinepiyu XV Liwayway: Pag-usbong ng Sining sa Kamalayan.’ Its objective is to bring consciousness to personal and societal issues through the exhibition of a diverse set of film narratives viewed from different lenses and coming from different parts of the Philippines.
As a university-based and student-led film competition that advocates for inclusivity and serves as an avenue that showcases stories that create cultural awareness through artistry, Sinepiyu has two divisions to cater to all the student filmmakers across the Philippines: (1) the All Tamaraws (All Tams) Division, which is exclusive to the 4th year Digital Cinema students of FEU, and (2) the Interschool Division, which welcomes submissions from senior high school (SHS) and college student filmmakers across the Philippines. The Interschool Division also accepts film submissions in the form of narrative, documentary, and experimental film categories until Friday, April 14, 2023.
Film entries for the Interschool Division must be produced no earlier than January 2022 and should have a total running time of at least five (5) minutes and a maximum of twenty (20) minutes, including the opening and closing billboards. The full registration details, guidelines, and mechanics of the Sinepiyu XV Film Festival are posted on Sinepiyu’s Facebook page.
Sinepiyu XV is a week-long film festival that will take place from May 2–6, 2023. It will include an opening ceremony with a talk, physical film screening, online film screening, talkback, and awards night.
Finalists of the film festival will have their films screened online via the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ digital platform, Juanflix: the FDCP Channel, and physically at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, from May 3–6.
Student filmmakers, what are you waiting for? Make your stories heard by joining Sinepiyu XV!