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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Joining ToFarm Festival

The newest ToFarm Film Festival spearheaded by Universal Harvesters Incorporated promises to be the most exciting and unique festival that would create great interest for film enthusiast, farmers and the public. ToFarm was launched in July this year with international and master TV and film director—Maryo J. delos Reyes as the festival director.

Here are five reasons why this film festival must not be set aside and must be supported or patronized. Deadline for submission of entries on Monday, November 16, 6pm.

A closeup shot of Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes. Photograph is courtesy of Óscar Fernández Orengo from ’44 CineastasFilipinos: Mga Sineastang Filipino Pilipino Filmmakers’.

A closeup shot of Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes. Photograph is courtesy of Óscar Fernández Orengo from ’44 CineastasFilipinos: Mga Sineastang Filipino Pilipino Filmmakers’.

Bigger Seed Money.

Despite its infancy, ToFarm Festival, promises to provide a bigger seed money for aspiring, startup, and professional filmmakers who would want to create beautiful movies for Filipinos and the global audience to see and appreciate.

The six winning screenplays are allotted Php1.5 million as seed money for their dream film projects that advocate agriculture, farming and related interest.

Longer Preparation in Filming.

Since the entries are being chosen now and will be announced in January. Six winners can start filming immediately; the filmmakers will definitely have ample time in preparation for its exhibition in July 2016.

FDCP-endorsed Films.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a government agency under the Office of the President is endorsing the ToFarm Film Festival.

Since the said agency ensures the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film, FDCP endorses the newest film festival. Also, according to its Chairman, Briccio G. Santos, “We have to concentrate on local content prior to aiming for international release. We have to maximize the market since its concept is unique.”

The theme of the festival this year is ‘The Plight of the Farmer: His Trials and Triumphs’.

Advocacy-Driven Festival.

The film festival is unique since it highlights the least favored industry in the country—Agriculture.

Dr. Milagros How, the Executive Vice President of Universal Harvesters Incorporated and ToFarm Chief advocate is also the main proponent of this said undertaking that promotes the alleviation of the lives and dignity of the farmers.

Has More Venues to Explore in Showcasing Creativity

The festival is one that filmmakers must support and patronize since it welcomes the brightest ideas and are willing to be partners in putting the farmers on center stage. Though films may not necessarily limit to having farmers as its subjects—it only requires filmmakers to use agriculture as an overarching theme for its storytelling.

Apart from screenlays, there are also other categories that creative people can join like the informercial and photo contest.

For more information on ToFarm, visit its official website—ToFram.org, or email to tofarmfilmfest@yahoo.com or shutterscut@yahoo.com or contact +639176275557.

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