What could be more fun than watching a movie while enjoying the cold afternoon breeze of Baguio on a boat afloat the Burnham Lake?

Photo: MOVIES AT THE LAKE. The Burnham Lake will be converted into an outdoor movie venue from March 25-28, with viewers watching on board boats. The 1st Montañosa Film Festival which had its opening gala on Saturday (March 20, 2021) at the Baguio Convention Center, will have 10 films shown at the lake, as well as the Loakan Airport and other minor venues. (PNA file photo)

The 1st Montañosa Film Festival (MFF) that aims to help local talents hone their skills is offering a different experience to moviegoers by converting the lake into an outdoor movie theater.

Ferdie Balanag, an internationally-awarded independent film director and action officer of the Baguio Creative City, on Saturday said: “Equally important to the goal of promoting the region’s creative talent and traditions, however, is the paving of the road toward the Cordillera’s economic recovery through film tourism”.

He said the festival is being held with financial assistance coming from the National Center for Culture and the Arts.

Balanag said as director of the MFF, they had to come up with ideas to be able to meet the guidelines set in holding events that opened new possibilities like outdoor movie theaters.

“For the inaugural staging of the Montañosa Film Festival, I decided to explore new normal methods of staging an event, making sure that it conforms to health and safety protocols,” he said.

Balanag said a giant screen measuring 12 feet by 18 feet will be set up on the steel deck of the lake from March 25-28, making it visible for those on the boats.

The movies will be shown for free but boat rental fees have to be paid to the concessionaires.

Balanag also said there will be another major venue for the MFF at the Loakan Airport, which would be a drive-in theater.

The venue will be able to accommodate 60 vehicles with a maximum of four people inside who may enjoy an outdoor viewing experience, also for free on the same dates.

Balanag said the screen will be 24 feet x 18 feet to be placed on one side of the runway aligned with the Arrival/Departure lounge of the airport.

He urged the public to preregister as there are limited slots for the two outdoor film-showing venues.

Aside from Burnham Lake and Loakan Airport, there will also be other minor sites where the films can be viewed by a small number of people such as the Le Monet Hotel, Burnham Park Rose Garden, Grand Sierra Pines Hotel, Baguio Country Club and The Manor.

Balanag noted that there are 10 competing films in the MFF, with the opening gala held at the Baguio Convention Center on Saturday.

He said Baguio will play a central role in bringing this festival to the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region with the city government’s support.

The MFF is an official city event supported by Executive Order No. 6, series of 2021, issued by Mayor Benjamin Magalong which designated March 20-28, 2021 as MFF Week. (PNA)