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3rd SBIFF Goes Virtual, Set In August

By Iya G. Oliva

Award-winning writer, actress, and social activist Ms. Bibeth Orteza to Chair SBIFF 2020 Board of Judges

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — With most parts of the country still reeling from the Wuhan Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic, this year’s Subic Bay International Film Festival (SBIFF) will go virtual, the annual event’s Festival Directors have announced.

According to Festival Directors Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr. and Arlyn dela Cruz, the SBIFF, now on its 3rd year, will push through but has been moved to August, instead of June, taking into consideration the current restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We will proceed with the filmfest,” Vizcocho said, “the free film showing and awarding ceremonies will be online.”

“We are adopting the practice in similar events in most parts of the world due to the pandemic,” Dela Cruz said “the 3rd SBIFF would be a virtual festival of selected films in competition for major awards.

Last year’s “SBIFF Philippine Cinema Icon” awardee was Superstar Ms. Nora Aunor, here with SBIFF Festival Directors Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr. and Arlyn dela Cruz at Harbor Point Ayala Mall. Now on its 3rd year, SBIFF has been moved to August, instead of June, taking into consideration the current restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the virus and would be a virtual festival of selected films in competition for major awards. SubicBayNews photo by Vic Lenin G. Vizcocho IV

This year’s Chairman of the Board of Judges would be award-winning writer, actress, and social activist Ms. Bibeth Orteza.

The awards to be given for the 3rd SBIFF includes the following: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best in Production Design, Best in Music, and Best in Cinematography.

The SBIFF will also again give a “Philippine Cinema Icon Award” as in the past two years. Previous awardees were the late Mr. Eddie Garcia in 2018 and Ms. Nora Aunor in 2019. Filmmakers interested to send entries may email at (subic.filmfest@gmail.com) or call (+639983776500) for inquiries. (IGO)

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