CCC launches Klima Film Festival for Filipino youth filmmakers

QUEZON CITY, July 8  (PIA) –  the Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership  with Oscar M. Lopez Center (OMLC) launched today, a virtual festival dubbed the KLIMA Film Festival (KFF) aimed at increasing awareness and ensuring that the youth have a better understanding of the devastating effects of climate change, 

“Sa atin pong mga kabataan  para sa inyo po etong KFF,  upang maipamalas ninyo ang inyong  likas na talento sa paggawa ng mensaheng gigising sa iba  na tugunan ang kinahaharap nating  hamon dahil sa crisis,” CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera said.

The Commisioner also added that CCC continues to support initiatives for the youth under the new normal conditions.

“Kami sa CCC ay patuloy na sisikaping magbigay  ng opurtunidad para sa inyo dahil kayo ang magpapatuloy at magpapayabong pa sa mga nasimulan nating  pagkilos para sa ating klima,  kapaligiran at kinabukasan ng  mga  kabataan, so this is,  climate for nature and  the future," she said.

“KFF is a  powerful platform that will encourage the youth to be united and become the center of climate action,” Representative Loren  Legarda said in her written speech read by Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera.

Legarda, who is a known advocate of climate change, added her hopes to inspire others even elders to adopt this advocacy.

“KFF can be one of the avenues for youth, so that they can meaningfully engage in finding solutions on the growing development challenges due to the climate crisis,” Legarda said.

Young people who will participate in KFF will have the opportunity to be mentored by experts and scientists on  climate change.

“A film can be more than  just  entertainment if done  right; you can  very well expect that the film can do more, other just to  entertain,” Representative Edgar Chatto said.

“Ako po ay naniniwala na ang karanasan na matutunan ng ating  mga young artists sa paglikha  ng kanilang  maikling pelikula, higit ano  pa man sa gantimpala ay ang huhubog ng kanilang kamulatan at kapasyahan, paninindigan at kumilos para sa kaligtasan ng sangkatauhan,” Chatto  added.

Meanwhile, Rommel Antoni Cuenca, Deputy Executive Director of CCC, also shared his hopes to  give and sustain the momentum of this kind of advocacy through films and “increase the intensity of depth and impact of climate actions.”

The produced films through KFF will be disseminated by CCC as part of its information, education, and communication (IEC) materials.