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TeamComm holds Freedom Film Festival anew, sells out first show

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Sold out. TeamComm’s FFF brings in more than a few handfuls to the crowd hit Sana Dati, which screened in La Salle last Friday, September 20.

Following last year’s success, Team Communication (TeamComm) proudly brings back the Freedom Film Festival (FFF2). There are more movies in store and more surprises to be revealed for the festival’s second run.

“Sana Dati”, this year’s Cinemalaya fan favorite, kickstarted the festival with a gala screening at the Natividad Fajardo Auditorium, Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall, September 20. The sold out event was attended by the film’s director Jerrold Tarog and production manager Mara Andres for an open forum after the screening.

The Continuity of Brilliance

This year, FFF2 revolves around the theme “Continuity of Brilliance.” TeamComm president Kevin Morada, explains that their organization wishes to “continue the passion of the students to seek the opportunity to appreciate and create local films.”

By bringing to the University an impressive lineup of indie films acclaimed both locally and internationally, FFF2 seeks to impart in students that there still exist Filipino films infused with substance and relevance to society. “I want to show [the students] that there are other kinds of films that are available to them. That’s why we’re here to bring those films here to them,” Project head Harold Orozco says. He reiterates that especially important to note is social awareness, a recurring concept featured in the films. “The films topics are usually about our lives and are relevant to Philippine society right now. It mirrors our society,” he explains.

Orozco claims that mostly Comm Arts and Org Comm students were the most eager to watch films, particularly those screened in the Cinemalaya Film Festival. In response to this, Morada also shares that FFF2 was conceptualized to reach out to more Lasallians and give them the opportunity to watch films–and for their convenience, at that.

An exciting lineup

The festival, which will run until October 25, will hold a total of 20 to 22 screenings of 17 to 18 films to choose from. Aside from the current lineup of mostly films from this year’s Cinemalaya, FFF2 will also screen Bang Bang Alley directed by Ely Buendia and one mainstream film yet to be revealed. Outsiders are invited to take part in the festival, and audiences ought to stay alert for ticket giveaways.

To follow FFF2, TeamComm is also excited to launch a day long congress on filmmaking will also be held on November 9, wherein some of the country’s biggest names in the filmmaking industry, including directors, production designers and sound engineers, will be in attendance.

By Althea Gonzales

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