A 60-seconder video on the challenges faced by a catechist landed first prize in the recently concluded Diocese of Novaliches Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova) 1st Pocketfilm Festival Internal Awards held at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd last June 8, 2019.
Entitled “Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.”, the video presented the realities a Youth encounters in the service of the Church, which is a life full of difficulties amidst the joy of helping others. It emphasized the value of Faith and how a personal relationship with God through Mary can help a Youth servant pass through the “dark nights” of one’s life.
The video is an entry of Group 4 comprised of Mary The Queen Parish’s Jun Magtagnob, Christ The King Parish’s (BF Homes, C.C.) Christopher Sitson, Sto. Nino De Congreso Parish’s Mariel Rubrico, and Corpus Christi Parish’s Arlene Matocinos.
“Through this short film we presented the aspects that heighten depression among the Youth—such as problems in the family–especially for those who serve in the Church like the May Catechists,” said Sitson, the film’s director and video editor.
Depression Management and Suicide Prevention is the main theme of the 1st SocComm Nova Pocketfilm Festival that was launched in the Year of the Youth due to the alarming increase of suicide cases in the Country. The Festival is comprised of two parts, an Internal Awards for attendees of the SocComm Nova Communications Camp aka Media Camp and a Public Awards for non-attendees.
Prior to the Internal Awards, a Seminar on the Basics of Pocketfilming was conducted by international and highly-acclaimed director Sally Bellosillo in Mary The Queen Parish last June 1, 2019 for Media Campers.
Beloved won by .93% over the entry of Group 2 (2nd Prize Winner) whose members were Holy Cross Parish’s Shirly Benedictos and Cherry Brosas, Epiphany of the Lord Parish’s Michelle Bartolo, Christ The King Parish’s (BF Homes, C.C.) Ayrel Selorio III, and St. Joseph The Worker Parish’s (Barracks, C.C.) Macalintal.
It defeated the entries of Group 3 (3rd Prize Winner) composed of Sto. Nino De Congreso Parish’s Marianne Tenorio and Annaliza Bruce, Mabuting Pastol Parish’s Brian Timbal, St. Joseph The Worker Parish’s (Barracks, C.C.) Carlo Cudal, Ascension of Our Lord Parish’s Dhon Hernandez, and St. Paul of the Cross Parish’s Elvira Baldoza; and of Group 1 of Christ The King Parish’s (BF Homes, C.C.) Daniel Abiad, St. Joseph The Worker Parish’s (Barracks, C.C.) Alyssa Estrella, Holy Cross Parish’s Beatrice Bosch, St. Joseph Parish’s Chernole Argote, Mary The Queen Parish’s Rose Gastanes, and San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish’s Joseph Abarado.
Judges for the Internal Awards were Commission on Youth Novaliches (COY Nova) Director Rev. John Harvey Bagos, Basic Ecclesial Communities Novaliches (BEC Nova) Animator Benjamin Custodio, and Commission on Family and Life Novaliches (FLC Nova) Coordinator Wayne Belizar.
Group 4 brought home the Grand Prize of Php10,000.00, which was accumulated from the goodness of donors from various parishes in the Diocese.
The winning entries are expected to be used as material to promote the Pocketfilm Festival Public Awards, which is open to amateur filmmakers and hobbyists, including Year 12 students from schools in the Diocese. (~Minnie Agdeppa)
Here are the Pocketfilm Festival 2019 Internal Awards winning entries: