Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) invites all film enthusiasts, students, hobbyists to join the first-ever DSWD Region XI Film Festival (Short Film Making Contest) with the theme “DSWD: May Malasakit”.

The contest is open to all amateur and professional videographers.

Film enthusiasts will compete in producing short films featuring the different programs and rehabilitation centers of DSWD such as Kalahi-CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, Social Pension, Legal Adoption, Supplementary Feeding, Licensing and Accreditation of Social Welfare NGOs, Reception and Study Center for Children, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, Home for the Aged, Home for Girls and Women, among others.

Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat emphasized that this film making competition aims to advocate DSWD programs as well as support young film enthusiasts and professionals in further enhancing their craft and creativity, and showcasing their talent through short but catchy films.

DSWD will officially announce and open the contest during the Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference at SM City Davao Annex on Monday, May 22.

Entry forms are available at the Social Marketing Unit, DSWD Regional Office, Davao City. Submission of entry forms starts on May 22, 2017 and runs until May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Deadline of submission of video entries is July 3, 2017.

“The grand winner of the film festival will receive Php 40,000, the second runner-up gets Php 25,000, third placer will bring home Php 15,000, while four more winners will each receive Php 5,000 and a plaque,” Director Jabagat said.

For more details, interested parties may contact 0943-886-0184 or email at  fbespada.fo11@e-dswd.net or julieaceramos@gmail.com . Full mechanics is posted at www.fo11.dswd.gov.ph.

DSWD is the primary government agency mandated to develop, implement, and coordinate social protection and poverty-reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. (DSWD)