Friday, March 16, 2018

All is set for the 2018 Edition of TOFARM Film Festival

The average age of farmers in the Philippines is around 50 years old. This is alarming because it might create a gap in the country's agricultural workforce. Indeed, there's a big demand for a new generation - a younger generation - that will succeed the current farmers.


To encourage the youth into agriculture and to open up the minds of the people about how noble the deeds of our farmers are, TOFARM Film Festival was created.

TOFARM Film Festival or TFF which is now on its third edition was the brainchild of Socio-Entrepreneur Dr. Milagros O. How. It was first directed by the late Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes and it is the only advocacy-driven film festival in the country today, with entries showcasing the lives, journeys, trials and triumphs of the Filipino farmer.


In the absence of Diker Maryo, Dr. How sought the expertise of three seasoned film personalities who will stand as Festival Advisers - Bibeth Orteza and Joey Romero, with laurice Guillen as Cosultant. The festival Director, however, is yet to be appointed.

Since 2016, TFF entries have already gained international recognition following local exhibition. "Pauwi Na" starring Bembol Rocco and Cherry Pie Picache received the Golden Goblet Award at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. "Pitong kabang Palay" which starred Arnold Reyes and Sue Prado was awarded best Children's Film at the 15th Dhaka International Film festival, Bangladesh and Golden Owl Award at the 22nd Aichi International Women's Film festival in Nagoya, Japan. "Paglipay" on the other hand won Best Director Award at the Cultural Diversity Film Festival in Canada. These are just some of the proof that TFF entries are quality stories that deserve acclaim and support locally and internationally.


This year, the TOFARM Film festival will include a TOFARM Short Film Competition wherein entries must be entirely shot on a cellphone.

The weeklong TOFARM Film festival will run from September 12 to 18, with the awards night slated on September 15. The festival committee is now accepting entries for screening. Deadline of submission is on April 20, 2018. You may log on to www.tofarm.org for more information on how to submit original mauscripts, as well as the mechanics and rules and regulations.


Keep on visiting my blog www.clairesantiago.com cause I will be posting more details about TFF's full-length feature screenplay competition and the short film competition, in the coming days.

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