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Filipino Arts and Cinema, International (FACINE), the oldest running Filipino film festival in the Bay Area, had its 24th run at the Philippine Center and the Roxy Theater on 19 to 22 October 2017.

In support of the movement Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino-American Community, the Consulate partnered with FACINE for the Opening Ceremony and viewing of films in the Short Films Competition, which was held at the Philippine Folklife Museum of the Philippine Center on 19 October 2017.

Consul General Henry S. Bensurto, Jr. took the opportunity to thank the Filipino and Filipino American film makers, producers and actors for sharing their work and providing the Community glimpses of Filipino culture, and sparking a curiosity about the Philippines, its people, and its traditions among FilAms in the Bay Area.

Apart from its 24th anniversary, FACINE celebrated 100 years of Philippine cinema, and showed nine (9) feature-length films and 14 short films during its four-day run.  Festival Director Mauro Tumbocon, Jr. thanked the Community for rallying behind FACINE, whose community-based support has allowed the Festival to continue through the years.  He thanked the Philippine Consulate General for supporting FACINE and hosting the Opening Reception.

The Festival aims to advance the interests of films and film makers from the Philippines, with a focus on the Filipino diaspora. The Opening Reception and Short Films viewing gave the Philippine-based film makers, producers and actors an opportunity to network with their counterparts from the Bay Area.  Discussions that followed the viewings were rich and insightful.  The Filipino delegation expressed their thanks to Mr. Tumbocon for providing them exposure abroad.

The event was attended by Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chair Rachel Arenas and Executive Director Ann Nemenzo, who assured that it would support the Consulate in providing quality Filipino films the Filipino-American Community in the Bay Area and beyond. END