Philippine Embassy in Ankara Participates in Second Universal Kids Film Festival in IstanbulNovember 22, 2013
[Reposting a Report from the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs]
13 November 2013 – The Philippine Embassy in Ankara led by Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. Leilani S. Feliciano participated and lent moral support to the holding of the Second Universal Kids Film Festival (2nd Evrensel Cocuk Film Festivali, UKFF) in Istanbul during its Opening Gala on November 01 at the Tuzla Cultural Center on the Asian side of Istanbul, and during the Philippine Gala on November 03 at the Church of the Holy Spirit Function Hall in Harbiye on the European side of Istanbul, respectively.
The Festival is an international annual non-competitive film event. It provides children the opportunity to understand different cultures from around the world and enhance international communication and cooperation for children’s films as well as promote worldwide development of children’s cinema. This is done by screenings of a selection of feature length and short films, such as the UNICEF Top 10 Cartoons on Children’s Rights, the winning films from the Plural Plus Contest of the United Nations Alliance on Civilizations (UNAoC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), selected children’s films from Norway, Australia, Iran, the Netherlands, Japan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, and a special section on films for Children with Special Needs from the Philippines.
The festival’s main feature is “Mi Ultimo Adios” from the Philippines, a short-film and the first-ever interpretation in Filipino Sign Language with English subtitles, of Dr. Jose Rizal’s last poem written before he was executed in Bagumbayan in 1896. The film was made by independent and advocacy filmmaker Mirana Medina who is a University of the Philippines (UP) Film Center scholar to the Film and Television Institute of India where she obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Cinema. She has produced and directed educational films on special children and persons with disability that advocate for their rights and inclusion in society. Among her films featured in the festival include “Mi Ultimo Adios” and “Kids Three 21” (her latest film that focuses on Down Syndrome in the Philippines).
Following the success of last year’s First Universal Kids Film Festival, the Second Universal Kids Film Festival is organized by renowned Istanbul-based Filipina Painter Mrs. Rowena Ulayan-Tuzcuoglu, Festival Directress, Children’s Film & Art Association (CFAA) & President of the International Filipino Friendship Society (IFFS) and Mrs. Sevin Kakalicoglu. It ran from November 01 to 08 in Istanbul.
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