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A group of filmakers from Loyola College, Chennai, India has joined the 9th Lantaw Short Film Festival of University of Southern Mindanao. This Indian film joins 13 other short film entries competing this Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the USM Gymnasium.

Ravi Chendran, an independent film director from Loyola College, an autonomous Jesuit college of the University of Madras, Chennai, India, submitted his film entitled “Kasadaru” in this year’s Lantaw Short Film Festival.

“Kasadaru” is making history as the first international short film entry in the nine year history of Lantaw. “This came as a surprise, and a good one at that,” said Mr. Lloyd Anton Von Colita during the interview.

Mr. Colita is Lantaw’s executive director who founded Lantaw Short Film Festival in 2009. “We started with only 4 films. All written and directed by talented USM students. Then we grew into a 6-film festival. But, to have an Indian film this year is really an achievement in itself. But let us not forget that we have 13 more short films from different high schools, colleges, and universities in Mindanao, as well. We are expecting for the grandest festival ever,” said Colita.

This year, 14 entries are competing for the title Best Short Film. Aside from “Kasadaru”, the other finalists are: “Lita” by STI College Tacurong, “Buwas Damlag” by Sultan Kudarat State University”, “Pamilya Banal” by Walwal and Airzone Productions, “Pansinin Mo Ako” and “ML” by Sinesaklaw, “Maria Malimpyo” by Notre Dame of Marbel University, “Hiwa” by Tumba Lata Productions, “Time Lag” by Yumsbi Production USM Senior High School, Sequenza Temporale” by Notre Dame of Upi, “Lawiswis Kawayan” by Lens Flare Production, “Deep Press On” by Osias High School, “Game Play” by Kabacan National High School, and “OJT” by Shark Tale Productions.

The screening and awarding will be happening this Saturday where a total of 18 awards is set to be given away. Audience members will also be given the chance to win in the raffle draw and witness a band performance courtesy of Outcast Band PH

Lantaw Short Film Festival is sponsored by the Mindanao Tech, UPRIO, DXVL Kool FM, True Money, Lift Up, and USM Republic.