A panel discussion session during the CANA Film Festival during which participants shared their thoughts on the film, Cart.

A total of 23 films, various panel discussions, workshops and a fringe festival for the whole family. These were just some of the highlights of the second edition of the CANA Film Festival (CFF) held from
Sept 7-13.

The biennial festival aimed to bring noteworthy independent films that espouse the universality of Catholic social teachings through depictions of good versus evil, friendship, hope and disappointment, life, love and loss.

Ms Winifred Loh, director of CFF said: “Through films, we aim to reach out to the Catholic community and beyond, and raise awareness about the Catholic Social Teachings (CST) as an integral part of being human.

“When we first started planning ... we knew it was going to be different from the first edition in 2014. Clearly we had the four main F’s – Film, Faith, Fundraising, Fun – in mind as we formed the team.

“Along the journey, three more F’s became important – Fellowship, Fulfilment, and Feedback. We have been very blessed to receive the many gifts and talents that many have generously offered that contributed to the success of this festival.”

The festival kicked off with a fundraiser at the premiere screening of Francisco – El Padre Jorge at Golden Village VivoCity.

The premiere was well received, with many viewers overheard saying there wasn’t a dry eye at the end of the show. Some also felt that the CST was beautifully brought out in the movie.

Those who attended expressed their gratitude for having a premiere as such and hoped that this film could reach out to more people and communities within the Catholic Church.

Publicity stills from Above the Clouds (above)
and How to Steal a Dog.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the premiere went to Agape Village and the Cenacle Sisters.

Another film titled Above the Clouds, screened at the Catholic Centre on Waterloo St on Sept 8, dealt with issues relevant in today’s context: poverty, superstition and broken families.

The Korean film, How to steal a dog, was a favourite among the youths, with a turnout of about 110 on Sept 11. Films such as Homecoming and short films like Keep Mum, Quinn and Milkshake addressed the theme of family life.

A fringe festival was also held in partnership with Agape Village. The event, held at Agape Village, had various activities including a social bazaar, an art exhibition, live performances as well as film screenings and workshops.

For more information on the CANA Film Festival, visit www.canafilmfest.com 

By Amelia Desmond

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