The third edition of TOFARM Film Festival 2018 is all set with its new theme “Tribute To Life: Parating Na” and this time shall now include a TOFARM Short Film Competition.
TOFARM Film Festival 2018 is the brainchild of Universal Harvester, Inc. President and CEO Dr. Mila O. How, TFF is the only advocacy-driven film festival in the country today, with entries showcasing the lives, journeys, trials and triumphs of the Filipino farmers.
“We were deeply saddened with the demise of Direk Maryo J. dlos Reyes, our first TFF Director,” Dr. How said. “He gave so much of himself for TFF. When he suddenly left us, we found ourselves at a crossroad. Should we go on with the project or not?”
“But after a lot of thinking, I personally thought it’s best to carry on what Direk Maryo started. The festival would be a continuation of his vision for the farmers and for our film industry. This is our tribute to him,” Dr. How added.
Posted by ReZirb on Thursday, March 15, 2018
During the press conference, TFF Executive Producer Dr. Mila How announced the executive committee which will be spearheaded by Bibeth Orteza as the TFF Festival Director, Direk Joey Romero as the new TFF Managing Director, while Sonny Guingab will be the TFF/CSR Project Officer, and Laurice Guillen as the TFF Consultant.
In the absence of Direk Maaryo, Dr. How sought the expertise of three seasoned film personalities who will stand as Festival Advisers, Bibeth Orteza and Joey Romero, with Laurice Guillen as Consultant. The Festival Director, however, is yet to be appointed.
“It’s very overwhelming to get support from not one but three well-respected people from the film and television industry. It motivates us further to come up with more meaningful films that, hopefully, will follow the sucess of our previous entries,” Dr. How enthused.
The weeklong TOFARM Film Festival 2018 will runfrom September 12 to 18, with the Awards Night slates on September 15.