The much-anticipated Orata Film Festival 2023 came to a close screening and a spectacular awards ceremony that featured and honored six film entries on March 1-2, 2023.
The festival, which ran for 7 days, drew crowds of film enthusiasts to the university's cinema venues at the Audio-visual room and the Honasan Hall, exploring the themes of love, loss, and hope.
These documentary film entries include Anang - College of Human Science; Rising Together - College of Information and Technology Education; Kalinaw sa Laot - College of Arts and Sciences; Padayon - College of Criminal Justice Education; Huminga - College of Teacher Education; and Sumpa Kita "I Promise You" - College of Health and Sciences.
The final screening was graced bya panel of film experts and cinephiles namely Mr. Harvie C. Aquino, CEO and Director of HCA Production; Ms. Bernadette "Ayen" Infante, Information Officer at Office of Media Affairs; and Mr. Christian C. Mequin, a former multimedia instructor at UCU.
After the film viewing, critics gave their insights and commendation about the overall premier of the documentary film festival encouraging neophytes to continue improving their crafts as they are “potential masterpieces.”
Moreover, winners of different awards were officially revealed during the Mr. and Ms. UCU 2023 Coronation night on March 2. The CAS film entry titled “Kalinaw sa Laot,” a documentary that depicts the plight of an old fisher folk from Dagupan, was hailed as the Best Film and bagged Best Production Design and Best in Cinematography awards this year.
Notching the second-best film and most of the minor awards such as Box Office Documentary Film, Best Sound, Best in Original Screenplay, Best in Film Editing, Most Inspiring Story, and Best Director was the CCJE’s film titled “Padayon” — a story of a criminology student’s journey to her dreams.
A thought-provoking narrative of a main character named “Anang” of CHUMS won the third-best film entry this year, while the CHS film entry Sumpa Kita bagged the Best Poster award.