LOOK: Compostela Valley Now Has Its Own Cinematheque Centre

The 100-seater cinema will be fully operational in October.

PHOTO BY Film Development Council of the Philippines

(SPOT.ph) It's always good news whenever a new microcinema opens its doors. It means moviegoers have more—and often cheaper—alternatives to the movie theaters in big malls. Plus, it gives audiences more opportunities to catch independent and low-budget films that would otherwise get pulled out from the bigger cinemas. That's why it's great to hear that the Film Development Council of the Philippines has finally opened the Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan in Compostela Valley, Mindanao.

The construction of the 100-seater microcinema started in November 2017. And now, members of the Nabunturan community can catch film screenings from the comfort of plush red chairs in an air-conditioned room. According to the Philippine Information Agency, the town's movie house closed for good in the early '90s.

PHOTO BY Film Development Council of the Philippines

The opening of Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan means the community will also have the perfect venue for events like the Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition. It was held at the newly opened cinema from September 19 to September 21. Students from the area were able to watch the works of local filmmakers. 

In a statement, Film Development Council of the Philippines Council (FDCP) Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra expressed her excitement over the new establishment. “This is one of the dreams that finally materialized for the town of Compostela Valley. We are bringing the films to the people, for creative development, for awareness and even just to share stories and we are hoping to inspire more future Nabunturan filmmakers through the many programs of FDCP and the Cinematheque Nabunturan."

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PHOTO BY Film Development Council of the Philippines

Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan will be fully operational by the end of October 2018. The other Cinematheque Centres in the Philippines are located in Manila, Davao, and Iloilo. But the one in Nabunturan is the first that was built "from the ground up" as the others were remodeled structures. Hopefully, Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan will be just one of many more projects that'll bring local cinema closer to more audiences.

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