The fifth edition of Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival starts in seventeen days (November 27 – December 1, 2017). Here are some of the things you need to know about the Festival.

  1.  The name of the Festival is a play on three words: salamin (mirror), salam (peace), and Mindanao.
  2. The redesigned Festival logo features the durian –an enduring cultural symbol in Southeast Asia— with eleven protruding spikes representing the countries of the region. Salamindanaw is emerging as an important platform for the development of Southeast Asian talents.
  3. The Festival has three main components (screen+educate+discuss):
    • The Festival itself that screens Asian titles alongside Filipino films (winner of the best film in each category is awarded the Golden Durian Prize);
    • New Durian Cinema, a film journal with print and online editions, that is devoted to the discussion of Southeast Asian cinema with emphasis on the Regional New Wave. It is not enough that we show films, regional cinema must also become part of a critical consciousness. The film journal hopes to help in the formation of such consciousness through forums and symposiums, and publication of critical works; and lastly the
  4. Mindanao Screen Lab, a Workshop designed as an intensive learning program that provides emerging Mindanao filmmakers, with special concentration on young cinephiles from the Lumad and Bangsamoro communities, hands-on training as well as project development sessions that will transform ideas into films.
  5. The Festival boasts of the quality and integrity of its film programming. In our five years, we have films coming from the A-list festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Locarno. This year, for instance, we have two short films from the Orizzonti section of Venice (Death of the Soundman, Woodpeckers of Rotha).
  6. Relying on its vision and integrity, the Festival has partnered with international organizations and festivals. In 2016, it was presented in partnership with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) which organized a Film Criticism Workshop under the tutelage of renowned critic Chris Fujiwara.
  7. The Festival is a cultural investment for the development of the people of Gensan and the region. The aim is to expose more people to diverse cinema as well as educate and provide them the opportunity to better understand the world they inhabit. For this reason, most screenings and parallel activities are free to the public.
  8. Salamindanaw strives to remain an Intimate Festival that offers Insights into the diversity of Asian cinema and Identity, and thus, becoming an Important venue in shaping ideas on cinema. (the 4 I’s)