FANTASTIC FILM+ART+MUSIC I OCTOBER 2023 - DECEMBER 2023 I THE PHILIPPINES
BAKUNAWA FEST [Fantastic Film, Art + Music] - (formerly Bakunawa Young Cinema) - is the first fantastic & genre-based film, art & music festival based in The Philippines currently presented by Negros Museum and E Unlimited; and ran by volunteer filmmakers and artists. Bakunawa is a dragon-like creature in Philippine mythology that devoured moons. Because we are a genre-bending film fest, we want to flip the Bakunawa's role and we want it to instead symbolize the creative monsters inside us.
Bakunawa Fest runs annually in one season - spread in fourth months becoming a hybrid festival resulting from the pandemic lockdowns. Bakunawa Fest starts with a film camp which includes a series of film workshops for first time young filmmakers that culminates into a competition - their final works are mostly genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, folk, noir, folk, etc). From the Film Camp, Bakunawa Fest celebrates the year's crop of genre films through both an online and in-person festival screenings (with competitive and curated sections) of local and international films making their Philippine Premiere. Bakunawa Fest ends its season run with Primetime Philippine Cable TV airing and an Awards Show via SolarFlix TV where we can reach to millions of Filipino viewers.
Bakunawa was initially created with this principle: "new visions, new voices". We still stand by this principle as we continue to program young promising filmmakers, artists & musicians who either have no access to expensive workshops and may not have the name recognition to be programmed in festivals. Since our third edition, we have included a section that screens curated local and international selected films mainly for educational purposes. Most of our Bakunawa Fest's film camps are done as outreach programs/workshops and are mostly free. Here our participants are scholars paid for by the festival and its partners usually hosted by different cities/municipalities in the Philippines.
[ Please note that, since we are an artist and volunteer-ran filmfest, we can't fund filmmakers to come physically and we don't pay screening fees. ]
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR I CHIEF PROGRAMMER
Tanya P. Lopez
CO-FESTIVAL DIRECTOR I ADMINISTRATIVE
Dr. Adrian Torres
DEPUTY FESTIVAL DIRECTOR I NATIONAL TOURS DIRECTOR
REGIONAL COORDINATOR I TECH DIRECTOR
BAKUNAWA's Team of Volunteers I By Filmmakers & Artists ; For Filmmakers & Artists
Hannah P. Mariveles
FILM CAMP MENTOR I MEDIA PARTNER
FILM CAMP MENTOR
FESTIVAL EVENTS HOST