It’s been quite a decade for MOVFest, and this September, the triennial tradition continues with the 4th .MOV International Film, Music and Literature Festival. What started out as a platform for the pursuit of and education on the digital medium as a tool for filmmaking has now evolved to include music and literature into one full-fledged celebration of the Filipino creativity and talent.

Said Festival Director, and renowned father of Philippine digital filmmaking, Khavn De La Cruz, “Bridging the gaps between these three art forms is the underlying theme of this year’s .MOV Fest.” What makes it even more special, however, and on a more personal note for him, is that this iteration of the Festival is dedicated to the memory of his personal friends, slain film critic and journalist Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the 4th .MOV International Festival will be happening on Alexis and Nika’s 2nd death anniversary this September 1st.

That’s just the beginning of a week-long celebration and commemoration, however. The festival will be running all throughout the dates of September 1st to the 6th, in three major venues within the Metro, to ensure accessibility not only to cineastes, music and literature lovers, but also to the rest of the public who might have not had yet the chance to tap into their inner artistes. MOVFest’s partner venues for this run are The Podium, Ayala Museum, and the UP Film Center.

This year’s MOVFest also marks three special events in honor of the film, music and literature genres. Here, attendees will bear witness to the launch of the DVD, “Cinema is Love: The Best of .MOV”, which is a compilation of short films from previous SILVERSHORTS winners; the book “Under the Storm”, an anthology of poetry from 150 poets in the country, both critically-acclaimed and newbies; and the album “Songs From The End Of The World”, a compilation of today’s best singer-songwriters in the local scene.

These heavy-hitting launches will feature equally heavy-hitting guests, set to provide entertainment in the form a poem or a song, such as Bienvenido Lumbera, Pete Lacaba, Lourd De Veyra, Joey Ayala, Ely Buendia, Vin Dancel, Kate Torralba, and more.

Of course, one must not forget that this is primarily a Festival of International caliber, and so will also cater to fans of the foreign independent scene. As such, kicking off the MOVFest 2011 affairs is this year’s winner of the Silver Bear Award at the 2011 Berlinale, Bela Tarr’s Turin Horse. The Festival will also be graced with the attendance of four foreign jury members for the Silvershorts Short Filmmaking competition: Vanja Kaludjercic (Croatia), Joel Shepard (USA),  Kong Rithdee (Thailand), and Chris Fujiwara (Japan).

In a nutshell, here are the events to look forward to in this year’s 4th .MOV International Film, Music & Literature Festival:

September 1 – Opening Night, The Podium Activity Center

6:00PM

  • DVD Launch: Cinema is Love: The Best of .MOV

September 2 – Literature Night, Ayala Museum
6:00PM

  • Book Launch: Under The Storm
  • Poetry Reading: 24 poems, to be read by 12 poets and 12 celebrities

September 3 – Music Night, The Podium Activity Center
6:00PM

  • Album Launch: Songs From The End Of The World
  • Singer-Songwriter Shindig: Musical performances by 12 singer-songwriters

September 4 – Film Workshops, Mogwai Cinematheque, Cubao Expo
1:00-9:00PM

  • Free Workshops by Vanja Kaludjercic  and Joel Shepard

September 2 – 6 – Film Screenings, UP Film Center
1:00PM – 8:00PM

If you can’t wait till September, you can already catch MOVFest’s pre-events leading up to the festival:  club.MOV’s Idiot’s Guide to Heartbreak, Happy Mondays! jam, and the Folk U Gig series. Watch out for more details on MOVFest’s pre-events schedules; there’ll be more to come in the next few days.

The days are inching closer before we hit Zero Degrees of Separation.

To find out more about MOVFest, visit www.movfest.org and www.facebook.com/MovFest.