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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 15, 2013

Calling All Documentary Filmmakers To Join GMA News Channel's Cine Totoo Docu Filmfest

WE WANT TO commend GMA News TV Channel 11 for organizing Cine Totoo, the 1st Philippine International Documentary Film Festival. It is now accepting documentary proposals for its local competition section and will be awarding grants worth P150,000 each to 11 Filipino documentarists to each make their dream documentary. The finalist will be shown in competition in local theaters next year. Three winners will be chosen: Best Documentary Film, Special Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award. The winners will not only receive trophies and cash prizes – their films will also be aired in primetime slots on the country’s no. 1 news channel.

“We hope to meet the next generation of documentary directors and producers through CINE TOTOO. We look forward to powerful stories as well as personal stories, documentaries with a unique point of view beyond what we have been accustomed to seeing locally,” says GMA News TV Channel Head Nessa Valdellon.

CINE TOTOO’s jury will be composed of some of the country’s award-winning documentary producers, led by Festival Director Joseph Laban. The festival will also have an ASEAN competition section, open to feature length documentaries from all over the region. To download entry forms and get the full mechanics on the competition, visit: info@cinetotoo.com or facebook.com/cinetotoo Deadline for submission is January 10, 2014.