The Active Vista Film Festival 2012 kicked off on 11 July with a Moving Pictures Exhibition, cocktails, speeches and the movie 'This Is Not A Film' at the Robinsons Galleria Ortigas. The opening had a great turn out with almost 500 guests.
Active Vista Film Festival will be touring the Philippines between July and December, holding 60 screenings in as much as 17 different cities all over the Philippines.
Through a wide range of human rights movies Active Vista aspires to enlighten and educate the Filipino public, bringing about an increased understanding of human rights as a fundamental element in achieving social progress and lasting peace.
The Norwegian Embassy is one of the main sponsors of the festival, together with AusAid and Movies That Matter. In his brief message at the opening, Ambassador Knut Solem quoted the famous Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman who once said 'no art passes our conscience in the way film does, goes directly to our feelings, and deep down into the dark rooms of our souls'. In such a way movies have been and will still be important in the struggle for universal human rights, creating more awareness and engagement around human rights issues in general. Ambassador Solem thanked the organization for an excellent cooperation on the project and wished them all the best with this most important Film Festival.
Follow the outcome of the Active Vista short-film competition here.