The organizers of the 2010 Cinema South International Film Festival in Sderot, Israel will focus on Philippine films by featuring 6 critically acclaimed and unique Filipino films, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced. 

The featured films for the festival are Brilliante Mendoza’s “Kinatay,” “Lola,” “Tirador,” and “Serbis;” Raya Martin and Adolfo Alix’s “Manila;” and the Lino Brocka classic “Insiang.”

Mendoza will be the featured director of the festival, having captured the cinema world with his triumph as best director during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in France, said the DFA.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Petronila Garcia will host a cocktail reception at the Philippine opening night on June 1. Mendoza will also be present during the screenings.

The festival and the film screenings will be open to the public from May 30 to June 3.

The Cinema South International Film festival is a branch of the Department of Film and Television in Sapir Academic College. Operating and running on its 9th year, it has won a great deal of meaningful exposure in the international press.

The film festival was made possible through the combined effort and cooperation between the organizers and the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the embassy. -ABS-CBNnews