AS THE Philippine cinema marks its centennial year this 2017, the Man Overboard Productions (MOP) invited aspiring filmmakers as they are set to stage a screening of award-winning short films and screenwriting workshops in Davao City next month.

Dabawenyo Jarell Serencio, founder of MOP and award-winning director, encouraged students and filmmaking enthusiasts to join their event dubbed as “Let's Get Short!” that will feature nine Short Film winners in Cinemalaya, Mindanao Film Fest and Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 in line with the celebration of the 100 years of Philippine cinema.

“The main idea of this is maraming short films na naipapalabas pero hindi po siya nakakaabot sa (many short films are screened but they don’t reach) Davao City so ‘yung mga (those) award-wining short films from those festivals - this is the great chance for Dabawenyos, for students and filmmakers to have the chance to watch them and sana po suportahan natin (hopefully we’ll support this),” Serencio said on Monday during a press briefing at SM City Davao.

Among the films to be shown are "Victor" by Jarell Serencio, "As He Sleeps" by Sheron Dayoc, "Pektus" by Isabel Quesada, "Geography Lessons" by Petersan Vargas, "Fish out of Water" by Mon Garilao, "Pusong Bato" by Martika Escobar, "EJK" by Bor Ocampo, "Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad" by Jarell Serencio and "Entre Medio Del Fin" by Ryanne Murcia.

He added that along with the screening, there would also be a scriptwriting workshop with Master Storyteller Ricky Lee on March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Cross of Davao College, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the University of Southeastern Philippines and March 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cinematheque Davao.

“This will be the first time na gagawin [ito] sa (to do this in) Davao…so hopefully we are inviting and encouraging everyone to come and attend and participate and watch those films,” he said.