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Film Development Council of the Philippines Launches Brand New Film Festival

Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Fiesta) now accepting submissions.


Filipino films will be on the spotlight for an entire month this August after the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the agency under the Office of the President tasked to promote the Philippine film industry, launches its Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Fiesta) in cinemas all around the country.

To celebrate the annual, one-month long observance and promotion of Buwan Ng Wika (Month of Language), FDCP originated the idea of Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino as a platform to screen Filipino films exclusively during for an entire week in August nationwide. From the 16th to the 22nd of August, 2017, cinemas at all SM Superstores, the country’s largest chain of shopping centers, will be screening Filipino films that have never been released yet, as well as films that present a new or original approach to a particular topic highlighting the Filipino culture.

The selection committee of the film festival is led by FDCP Chair and CEO, Liza Diño, alongside Philippine cinema’s notable and celebrated figures: Gawad Urian awardee, Jose Javier Reyes; veteran and bestselling screenwriter, Ricky Lee;  pioneering editor, Manet Dayrit; and multi-awarded auteur, Erik Matti. The selection committee will be programming 10-12 Filipino films from various genres – family drama, romantic comedy, horror, fantasy, and period.

The selection committee also hopes that the films chosen will stem from other regions as well, aside from Manila and Northern Luzon. Chair Liza Diño comments, “Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino will be a big celebration of Filipino films for our audience – a festivity with a wide variety of genre of films to choose from nationwide.”

The film festival is open to all Filipino filmmakers who have completed a feature-length, narrative film, at least 75 minutes in length, that has been produced and completed between 2016 – 2017. It should not have been commercially released in the Philippines, nor exhibited on the internet.

Deadlines are fast approaching so if you’re interested, you can find out more details on how to submit here: Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino mechanics.

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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