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14 June 2017

(L-R) Mr. Adam Wojciechowicz of the Korean Cultural Center; Ms. Cynthia Fuchs of the George Mason University Film and Media studies; Mr. Ryan Mitchell of the Suns Cinema Washington D.C. are the featured panelists at the closing night of the EuroAsia Shorts 2017 held at the Embassy of Italy on 09 June 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nine short films from participating countries – Germany, China, Spain, the Philippines, Italy, Korea, France, Japan, and the United States – took the spotlight at the EuroAsia Shorts 2017 Closing Night held at the Embassy of Italy on 09 June 2017.

Over 200 guests from the Metro DC area attended the final screening night to witness the conclusion of this year’s short film festival bearing the theme, “What is Truth?”

“Tonight we will see nine different interpretations of the truth and its consequences. We will also see how human beings are being affected by the truth, and how we can be afraid of it, or what the truth might seem,” said Mr. Emanuele Amendola, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in his welcome remarks.

The Philippines’ entry, Timora Talli Apuera Si Ramil (Ramil Might Be Outside) was an animation film by Roberto Oquias Jr. showing a story of hope from the city of Zamboanga in Mindanao, Philippines.

Done in the Chabacano language with English subtitles, Timora Talli Apuera Si Ramil was awarded Best Animated Shorts and HERO TV's Choice during the 7th Animahenasyon: Philippine Animation Festival in West Visayas State University (WVSU) Iloilo Philippines in 2013, and bagged the Best Animation award in the Mindanao Film Festival (MFF) also in 2013. It was also one of the films shown in the New Filipino Cinema 2015 held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on 11-15 June 2015.

A brief panel discussion was held after the screening of the films featuring George Mason University Film and Media studies Director Cynthia Fuchs and Suns Cinema Washington D.C. Director Ryan Mitchell, with Mr. Adam Wojciechowicz of the Korean Cultural Center as moderator.

“In the world today where we have conflicts and we have an unprecedented view into them through social media and cameras, I thought this was really something that brings to a lot of people just the human experience of being into a warzone and the tragedy that comes with that,” remarked Mr. Wojciechowicz on the Philippine entry during the discussion.

“This is the third time that the Philippines has participated in the EuroAsia Shorts and we are very proud to showcase short films by young Filipino filmmakers from the other regions in the Philippines,” said Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Philippine Embassy.

The Philippines’ three other entries, Strings, Ito Ang Huling Araw (The Last Day), and QWERTY were screened on the second night of the film festival at the Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain.

Now in its 12th year, EuroAsia Shorts has presented more than 200 short films since it began in 2006. Each year presents a broad variety of films and styles connected by a single theme, with post-film discussions each night. ###