On its sixth year, Lutas – The Negros Oriental Film Festival, showcased 13 works of budding local filmmakers last November 7 to 8. Events were held at Foundation University and in different venues around Dumaguete City.


Lutas was organized by Foundation University, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Dumaguete City Tourism Office.


For this year, among the 13 entries, the following were adjudged as winners:

Best Picture – “A Wakeful Sennight” by Andy Alvarez
Special Jury Prize – “Amen” by Ara Mina Amor
Best in Cinematography – “A Wakeful Sennight” by Andy Alvarez
Best in Screenplay – “Keyk” by Angela Sarona (alumna, Foundation Preparatory Academy)
Best in Editing – “Ang Lansang ni Jake Villegas” by Von Christian Colina
Best Director – “A Wakeful Sennight” by Andy Alvarez
Best in Production Design – “Amen” by Ara Mina Amor



The pool of adjudicators was comprised of Mikhail Red, award-winning director of Birdshot and Eerie; Adrian Torres, Festival Director of SineNegrense based in Bacolod and Elvert Bañares, President of Western Visayas Film Festival Federation.


In retrospect, the opening ceremony was held to formally begin the 6th installment of Lutas last November 7 at the Pantawan, Rizal Boulevard. The film, “Pakyaw” by Jomar Allan was featured during the opening ceremony.


Lutas Film Festival began in November 2014 and since its inception, it has ignited the growing interest of the youth in filmmaking.