Founded by filmmakers, the BINISAYA film festival aims to develop a uniquely Cebuano sensibility by providing a venue to showcase Bisaya films and Global Cinema unfettered by commercial constraints. BINISAYA has also maintained its status over the years as a hotbed for discussion over the direction of Cebuano films and its place in the world by inviting industry luminaries such as RA Rivera, John Torres, Richard Bolisay, Jade Castro, Teddy Co and Ramon Bautista to name a few. BINISAYA has also showcased works from neighboring Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Afghanistan through the Asian shorts competition. The festival itself has travelled through pop-up screenings all over the country—schools, cinematheques, posh coffee shops, barangay basketball courts, under bridge communities, etc. There is nowhere BINISAYA will not go.
BINISAYA, aside from referencing the language of the VisMin people, is also a play on the term used for folk healing in the region. It is a film movement born from the need to heal wounds left over by centuries of colonization and cultural assimilation. It is a festival made for and by filmmakers, to address the lack of a local venue for the new wave of Cebuano Cinema.
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