Festival Director’s Message


Davao Ngilngig Films has come a long way since its first set of screenings in 2010. It began with only 5 short films as part of the unfinished Ngilngig series. It was developed as a festival in 2013, organized and participated by fellow filmmakers and artists, who were also our friends, with the simple but noble goal of providing a venue for local filmmakers and collaborating artists to tell stories that truly reflect our identities as people and artists of and from Mindanao.

Now, after 8 years, on behalf of Pasalidahay, the organizer of the Davao Ngilngig Festival, I am extremely proud to have presented over 50 short films–including 9 films in competition from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Silay, Ozamiz, Marikina, and of course Davao, and 4 films out of the Davao Ngilngig Film Camp 2018, and 5 feature-length films that transcend the traditional notions of what Ngilngig is, broadening our experience to more quality Filipino films.

Very timely, as this year has been the year of expansion for Ngilngig. We have taken off from “ngiga” as a bisaya expression for awesome and gruesome to a myriad meanings of ngilngig.

We have sustained taking off from just a showcase of films to an exhibition of all forms of art, in recognition of filmmaking as, essentially, a collaborative process. Within 5 days, we have featured digital art exhibit, live art, improv theater, and have collaborated with other local events–organizing communities. Thank you to all who participated and collaborated in our endeavour of creating a harmonious Ngilngig community.

Daghang salamat to all who supported our festival by even just watching the films that were programmed to represent variations of Ngilngig, especially to those who shared their “blessings” during the “offertories” at our pay-as-you-can screenings. Thank you to our programmers for the, by far, most ngilngig selection of films. Thank you to all volunteers who have dedicated their time and energies for this festival. That said, let me take this opportunity to thank everyone–the partners, the sponsors, the supporters, the volunteers, the members of Pasalidahay, everyone who offered their time and effort to make the camp and the festival possible.

Without you, the community, artists and filmmakers, the organizers and networks, the viewers and friends, Ngilngig will not be what it has become today.

Daghang salamat, and let us keep that visceral feeling of Ngilngig alive!

Bagane Fiola
DNF18 Festival Director