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Sagay launches Covid ‘stories of hope’

Sagay City in Negros Occidental is honoring the frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019, through short films produced by Sagaynon filmmakers.

The city government launched the “Sagay Covid Stories of Hope and Courage–Flash Shorts Contest” in celebration of its 25th charter anniversary on Friday.

“This is your chance to shoot a film dedicated to our dear front-line workers…We cannot wait to see your inspiring short films,” organizers said.

Based on the guidelines, the short film entry should run from three to five minutes only, including opening and closing credits.

It should revolve around the themes of the pandemic and should be a tribute to frontline workers or families, associations and individuals, who have survived or continue to survive the pandemic with such inspiring deed or feat.

The film must convey positivity, must be imaginative and heartwarming in tone, and the genre can be in a form of fiction, documentary, or animation.

The organizers said the story must show that the government and the people need to unite in the fight against the Covid-19 virus, and film production must comply with the minimum health standards set by the city government.

All contents of the film, including the script, musical score, sound, soundtrack, and camera shots, must be original and made solely by the filmmakers involved in the project.

First prize winner will receive P12,000, second – P10,000, and third – P8,000.

Awardee for Best Director will get P3,000, Best Screenplay – P3,000, and Best Cinematography – P3,000.

Entries must be submitted by July 9.

An emerging filmmaking hub in Negros Occidental, Sagay holds the annual Margaha Film Festival, and during its second edition in February, 10 productions, shot amid the limitations brought by the health crisis, were featured to coincide with the Arts Month celebration.

Meanwhile, the city government also launched other competitions to mark its 25th Charter Year, and to highlight its continued fight to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Songwriting and Music Video Competition has an overall theme that encompasses the tremendous effort and dedication of the front-liners towards the protection of the community from the illness.

The music should reflect the thrust of the local government unit against the global health crisis, and the composition should encourage unity and cooperation among its constituents.

The first place winner will receive P10,000, second – P7,000, third – P5,000, while the Best Music Video winner will get P5,000.

The deadline for submission of entries is on July 16.

The Funny Sagaynon Tiktok Challenge is looking for creative and funny TikTok content that either pays tribute to front-line workers or is about surviving the pandemic.

Winning entries will receive P3,000 – first place, P2,000 – second, and P1,500 – third. All entries must be in by June 25.

The Recover Together Vlog Contest is calling on Sagaynon vloggers, influencers, and enthusiasts interested in telling the stories of thriving restaurants, cafés, and accommodation establishments.

First prize winner will get P5,000, second – P3,000, and third – P2,000. The top three People’s Choice will receive P1,500 each.

The deadline for pre-registration is on June 18 while vlogs should be submitted by July 2.*PNA

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