New Sandugo attraction: Film festival

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New Sandugo attraction: Film festival

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Photo shows a scene from international film “Amigo” which was filmed over eight months in various sites in Bohol. The movie starred Hollywood actors Dane DeHaan, Garret Dillahunt and DJ Qualls and local stars Joel Torre and Bembol Roco, among others. | via: Mary Cybulski, through Variance Films/Anarchists’ Convention

The Sandugo Festival, Bohol’s grandest cultural celebration, which is celebrated annually in the entire month of July will have a new attraction—the Bohol Sandugo Filmfest.

“We already have beauty and brain and dancing. Now, we embark into acting to showcase more Boholano talent potentials,” said provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II.

Damalerio was referring to the regular major Sandugo highlights, the Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant and the Sandugo Street Dancing Competition. 

The short film festival will be held on July 17, 2019, as part of the provincial government’s bid to develop Bohol into a filmmaking destination.


There has been a number of foreign and Philippine movies shot in Bohol which highlighted the province’s natural beauty, heritage sites and rich culture drawing praise from filmmakers. 

In 2017, Gov. Edgar Chatto issued an executive order creating the Bohol Film Commission.

As part of the festival, there will be a filmmaking workshop on June 25-28 handled by the Golden Tiger Films, a Manila-based partner of the film competition proponents—the Provincial Government of Bohol, its Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD), and Isang Dugo Foundation.


  • The competition is open only to the local government units (LGUs) in Bohol.
  • Interested participants must secure a certificate of completion from the Golden Tiger Films (GTF), which is the official workshop-giving body for the event
  • There shall only be one competing team per municipality or LGU and the team may include LGU personnel.
  • The team is allowed to cast actor/actors if deemed necessary, but the production staff is exclusive to the LGU.
  • All creative endeavors, including but limited to scriptwriting, directing, shooting, editing, and musical scoring, shall be done by the team members.
  • Should non-LGU personnel take part in the making of the film, the team will be immediately disqualified.
  • All entries must be completely original and independently produced by the LGU.
  • The short film should reflect the theme “Linangin Kultura, Lakbayin Magandang Tanawin.”
  • Running time of the short film is twenty (20) minutes (maximum), including the opening and closing credits.
  • Films need not be in English, but subtitling in English is recommended.
  • Provocative scenes and languages are prohibited.
  • Due to copyright laws, the music used in the short film must be original, licensed, or in public domain.
  • Entries must be submitted in a 1080P or mp4 format, and USB and videos must play using standard film/video programs such as Windows Media Player and VLC Player.
  • Each competing team has at least a minimum of 25 and maximum of 50 production members.
  • It is highly encouraged that the group should require all entrants (director, scriptwriter, crew, videographer, editor, and others) to have signed consent from parent or guardian to join the contest if underage.
  • Inquiries can be made at EDCom or CCAD at the new capitol.


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