Local voices, local films


The panel discussion featured local filmmakers Don and Kel Muna, Cara Flores Mays, Bernadette Provido Schumann, Clynt Ridgell, Raphael Unpingco and Michael Lujan Bevacqua.

(Humanities Guahan, in partnership with Guam International Film Festival hosted a Filmmakers Roundtable at the Agana Shopping Center. The panel discussion featured local filmmakers Don and Kel Muna, Cara Flores Mays, Bernadette Provido Schumann, Clynt Ridgell, Raphael Unpingco and Michael Lujan Bevacqua. The event closed the reception for "Art + Journalism - Manny Crisostomo, 40 Years of Images).

Over the years, the local film industry has seen a growth of independently produced films across different genres — from documentary to action flicks — spawned by the efforts of predominantly young filmmakers eager to carve a creative space for themselves.

This month, the Guam International Film Festival marks its 6th year as the venue for emerging filmmakers to gain exposure to local and international cinema, as well as industry related opportunities. While the GIFF continuously promotes the potential of developing Guam as a filmmaking hub in Micronesia, the Guam Film Office, the body representing the government-side of business, has been dormant for years.