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Venice to host first film festival of COVID era

MILAN — Fewer A-list stars will stumble out of parties along the lagoon to be snapped by paparazzi in boats. But organizers of this year’s Venice film festival are promising plenty of movies — on actual screens in front of actual audiences — for the first time since the worldwide pandemic shut showbiz.

Hungarian film fest sets sights outside Metro Manila

NOW IN its third year, the Hungarian Film Festival (HUFF) is expanding its reach to cities outside Metro Manila as it tries to “present the essence of Hungarian cinema to more and more Filipinos in Cebu and Davao,” according to a press release.

Film fest focuses on idea of place

FOR ITS third year, the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival focuses on the “notion of place” as it presents 10 films from the Association of Southeast Nation member countries.

Ten films for 15th Cinemalaya

A SURPRISING turn of events as a midwife applies to work abroad, a student’s act of theft turns into viral video, a robot’s friendship and adventure with a young boy, are among the diverse stories that will be told in this year’s Cinemalaya films.

PPP’s 10 films to celebrate 100 years of Philippine cinema

THE Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino — Filipino Film Festival — is back for its third run, this time with 10 full-length feature films which will be shown on Sept. 13 to 19 in cinemas nationwide, coinciding with the celebration of the first 100 years of Philippine cinema.

QCinema announces docu lineup for 2019

A 41-year-old man learning his ABCs, a woman living her life between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, and an alien recounting the lives of Filipino men and women — these stories highlight the lineup of documentary films for this year’s DocQC category at the QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema).

4 contemporary Spanish films to be shown

ON JUNE 20 and 21, Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain will present “Contemporáneos,” a film cycle featuring four contemporary Spanish films. The screenings will take place at the UP Film Institute in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Darkly comic Parasite gets critics buzzing at Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France — Parasite, a thriller that doubles up as a wickedly funny satire about class struggles, has upped the ante at the Cannes Film Festival, with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho emerging as an strong contender for an award after impressing critics.

Porn stars, gravediggers, gay beauty queens, and drug addicts featured in...

THE Sinag Maynila International Film Festival is back for its fifth year, promising to present “diverse and compelling” film starting April 4 in select cinemas. This year’s festival will have five full-length feature films, 10 short films, and five documentaries.

Berlinale unrolls green carpet for politically charged film festival

BERLIN — A mother fleeing her violent husband, a serial killer who preys on women, and famine in 1930s Ukraine are among the weighty social and political themes explored in films showcased at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Alternative movie, video entries solicited

THOSE who think that the annual Metro Manila Film Fest is rubbish, full of recycled formulaic films, here is their chance to create their own better and smarter movies: they can join a contest for alternative films and videos.

Cine Europa ends this year’s run at Shangri-La Plaza, offers free...

FILIPINO film historian and award-winning movie maker Nick Deocampo will be giving a series of free lectures from Dec. 12-14 at the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza’s newly opened Red Carpet cinema as part of the Cine Europa film festival which is ongoing until Dec. 16 at the mall.

Italian film fest presents the classic and the new

FOR ITS second year, the Italian Film Festival — which brings a selection of films from the Venice International Film Festival to be shown in Metro Manila — is showcasing nine films from Nov. 14 to 18 in select cinemas.

Danish Film Fest screens 9 films for its 4th year

THE EMBASSY of Denmark has announce the 4th installment of the annual Danish Film Festival. The festival will run from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, at Cinema 7 of the Robinsons Movieworld, Robinsons Galleria. This year’s lineup is composed of nine contemporary and award-winning entries.

Paglisan, Never Tear Us Apart take top prizes at CinemaOne Originals

THE 14th edition of CinemaOne Originals concluded with two films from its Circle Competition taking home the awards night’s biggest prizes, with Paglisan by Carl Papa winning Best Picture while Never Tear Us Apart by Whammy Alcazaren winning the Best Director and Jury Prize.

2018 grantees take center stage in QCinema festival

FOR ITS 6th edition, QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) continues its thrust to advance the local film industry by providing substantial grants for film production to a select set of new independent features and documentaries in the Circle Competition and DocQC section.

Slew of foreign and local films to be shown at QCinema...

NOW ON its sixth year, the QCinema International Film Festival offers a slew of award-winning foreign films and five original Filipino films as it runs from Oct. 21-30 in select cinemas in Metro Manila.

‘Something different’ in Cinema One film fest

THE 14th run of the Cinema One Originals Festival, titled “I am Original,” will showcase nine original feature films, six international films, 12 original short films, and two restored classics.

Rain haunts Tofarm film festival

IN KEEPING with the advocacy of the Tofarm Film Festival — “bring the stories of farmers to Filipino as well as foreign audiences,” according to the fest’s managing director Joey Romero — the cast and crew of the six finalists shot their films in the countryside and experienced first-hand what it was like to be a farmer and be at the mercy of the weather. It rained for most of the shooting days, and this proved to be a challenge to the film crews. The film productions continued to be haunted by rain during the gala screenings at the Trinoma Cinema; and Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) exited the country on the day of the awarding ceremonies at the Shangri-La Manila.

The winners at the 3rd Tofarm Film Festival

• Best Picture: Tanabata’s Wife, directed by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan

Spanish film festival Pelicula/Pelikula unreels in October

THE 17th Pelicula/Pelikula Spanish Film Festival will bring the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman, and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros from Oct. 4 to 20.

Cine Europa starts outside Manila for the first time in 21...

CINE EUROPA — one of the longest running film festivals in the country — opens its 21st year on Sept. 28 in Cebu, making it the first time the European film festival is opened outside of Metro Manila.

Mexican films based on great books screened at Instituto Cervantes

THIS MONTH, the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Mexico will treat moviegoers to “La Literatura en el cine mexicano,” a series of Mexican films based on classic literary works. The film cycle, to be held every Saturday at the new Instituto Cervantes branch in Intramuros, is an invitation to discover the richness and variety of Mexican literature and cinema.

Period drama the latest in yearlong Czech film fest

THE Central-European period drama Sekal Has to Die (1998) is the Czech Movie Gems film festival’s movie of the month for September.

Relationships the focus in the 4th Argentine film fest

THE MOVIES in this year’s edition of the Argentine Contemporary Cinema will revolve around relationship — family, friends, acquaintances, and dreams that are yet to unfold.

Glamorous Venice Film Festival courts controversy

ROME — Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling, and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition.

Victory for Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon

A DRAMA about the simple and settled life of an elderly couple that is altered when the old woman’s ex-husband seeks her help, Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) bagged five awards including Best Film and the NETPAC Award for full-length feature at the 14th Cinemalaya Film Festival on Sunday at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The 14th Cinemalaya Film Festival winners

FULL-LENGTH FEATURE • Best Film — Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset)

PPP fest to show 8 films this year

EIGHT FILMS, ranging from romantic comedies to action thrillers, make up the slate of the this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) which runs from Aug. 15-21 in all cinemas nationwide.

Matti’s BuyBust leads PHL contingent at NYAFF

ERIK MATTI’s BuyBust (2018) and On the Job (2013) are to be screened this week at the ongoing New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). They and four others make up the largest lineup of Filipino films in the festival since 2013, according to the festival’s website.

Diverse offerings in Cinemalaya

NOW ON its 14th year, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is serving up a diverse menu of films in competition, with genres ranging from comedy to drama to suspense.

Festival vets make up 1st 4 entries in this year’s MMFF

THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 selection committee has announced the first four official entries for this year’s film festival and the list includes festival veterans including Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Marvic “Vic” Sotto and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno.

Manga films highlighted in the Eigasai film fest’s 21st year

FOR ITS 21st year, the EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival announces a lineup of 15 films including the third installment of the film adaptation of Yuki Suegetsu’s manga, Chihayafuru.

Japan wins Cannes top prize after Weinstein accuser takes stage

CANNES, France — Shoplifters, a heartwrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film...

Fewer films in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)-led Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) continues to celebrate Filipino-produced films as it gears up for its...

Weinstein’s absence looms over scandal-hit Cannes

CANNES, France — Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein once held court like a king at the Cannes film festival, but this year it is...

Netflix pulls out of Cannes festival

LOS ANGELES — Netflix, Inc. said on Wednesday it was totally pulling out of the Cannes Film Festival next month after organizers banned the...

Ang Larawan to make its European premiere at the Udine film...

ANG LARAWAN, the award-winning musical film based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, will be making its...

Indie cinema fests Cinemalaya, QCinema announce finalists

TWO OF the country’s most prominent independent film festivals are gearing up for their respective runs with both the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival...

Star Wars spin-off to be presented at the Cannes film festival

PARIS — The latest spin-off in the Star Wars saga, dedicated to Han Solo, will be screened at Cannes next month, the film festival...

Short film fest puts women front and center

A SHORT film festival CineMarya was envisioned as a festival that puts female experiences front and center. “The festival aims to tell stories of Filipino...

How an Ilonggo indie film cottage industry grew and grew

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento RIGHT UNDER Imperial Manila’s cultural radar, the Bantayan Film Festival in Guimbal, Iloilo is now on its 14th year, making it...

The show must go on: Despite the passing of its film...

THE LOCAL “advocacy-driven” film festival meant to honor the lives of those in agriculture, the TOFARM Film Festival (TFF), returns for a third year...

Mas Maganda Yung Book! fest on film adaptations kicks off

KWAGO in partnership with Film Police Reviews (FPR) is set to launch Mas maganda yung book! on March 23, 6 p.m. A monthly film...

Cinema Rehiyon X and the future of PHL cinema

WHAT STARTED as a small film festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with 28 delegates, 46 short features, and six full-length...