International Film Expo Opens in Davao City


Leading players of the local and international film industry have converged in Davao City for the International Film Expo (IFX) which will run from November 23 to 24 at the brand new SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premiere.

The IFX is spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc (DCCCII).

The Expo will feature exhibitors particularly film equipment suppliers, production and post-production companies, independent production groups, broadcast outfits and top film academic institutions. They will be joined by local government units like the Province of Davao del Norte and the City Tourism Office of Davao which will be promoting some sites in their localities as film locations.

Teddy Granados, FDCP executive director said that the latest film technologies and equipment will be featured in the expo. Aside from the expo there will be symposium and lectures relevant to today’s film industry which will be conducted by respected speakers from around the world.

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Among the topics include “Maximizing the Philippine Potentials for international Filmmaking to be conducted by Lope Juban, president of the Philippine Film Studios; Juban bought Hollywood productions like Apocalypse Now and the recently produced Bourne Legacy here to the country.

“With the latest development in the peace initiative in Mindanao, the FDCP sees the mounting of the IFX 2012 as timely; it is sending a positive signal for stakeholders in the film industry that Mindanao and the Philippines is open for business.” FDCP chairman Briccio Santos said in a statement.

Aside from exhibits and lectures, two special movies will be screened during the IFX, the first movie would be the digitally restored version of Manuel Conde’s 1950 epic “Genghis Khan” and the Philippine premiere of Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb”that was shot in Tawi-Tawi and which stars Philippine cinema’s legendary superstar Nora Aunor.

Source: Philippine Information Agency