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QCinema to Screen High-calibre Set of Films For Its 2020 Special Edition

QCinema International Film Festival has finally released its unique lineup for its special edition for 2020.  Hailed as one of the leading international film festivals in Southeast Asia, the Quezon City-based film festival will present a hybrid festival with a well-curated lineup from November 27 to December 6, 2020. The set of films can be …

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MMFF 2019 Blockbuster Film’ Miracle in Cell No. 7′ to Stream on WeTV This Nov. 27

The Filipino remake of the 2013 award-winning South Korean film ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ is slated to stream online on WeTV starting this November 27.  The Asian streaming website and app WeTV have recently announced the MMFF top grosser film’s online release date along with other foreign films and series as part of its 2021 lineup.  …

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – 4th Quisumbing Escandor Film Festival for Health

The 4th Quisumbing Escandor Film Festival for Health is still accepting submissions until December 19, 2020. The nationwide filmmaking competition on the COVID-19 pandemic is open to all Filipino aspiring and established filmmakers and enthusiasts.  The festival committee is only accepting film proposals and films that were completed before October 1, 2020. This is to …

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The World of Local Animation: 8 Animated Films Made By and For Filipinos

With the recent release of Avid Liongoren’s Hayop Ka! on Netflix last October 29, Filipino animators have once again proven their high caliber and brilliant take in creating animated films. Nevertheless, even before the creation of Hayop Ka!, the animation industry has been active in crafting animated features and short films and molding the skills …

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22 Filipino Films Set to Screen at the International Film Festival Manhattan 2020

Long have our Filipino filmmakers been recognized and praised in the international film arena for producing first-rate and exceptional films that unveil socio-political illnesses. This year, they are set to bring pride to the country after 22 Filipino films were selected for screening at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) Virtual Events 2020.  Amid the …

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Oroquieta Film Festival: 241 Challenge Registration Opens Until Nov. 25

The Misamis Occidental-based local film festival is currently looking for participants for this year’s film competition. The 2020 Oroquieta Film Festival (OFF) edition will be introducing the 241 Challenge format where all registered participants (or teams) will make a 1-minute short film in 24 hours.  Due to movement restrictions brought by the pandemic, this year’s …

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Application for Salamindanaw Film Fest’s Dok Lab is Still Available Until Nov. 21

Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival is still accepting applications from any ethnolinguistic group member in Mindanao until November 21, 2020, for its virtual Dok Lab, a documentary workshop for Moro and Lumad filmmakers.  The workshop is intended to be a safe platform for aspiring young filmmakers in Mindanao for growth and development in filmmaking. It provides participants …

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ICYMI: Ricky Lee’s Trip to Quiapo is Still Available to Watch on iWant TFC

iWant TFC’s original docu-series “Trip to Quiapo,” which debuted last October 21, is still available to watch on the ABS-CBN-owned content platform.  Based on his 1998 best-selling scriptwriting manual of the same title, award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee shares in this five-episode masterclass-narrative series his writing journey and storytelling techniques aim to teach aspiring writers the …

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Watch Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood for Love 4K Restoration Trailer on YouTube

Last September 16, BLK 2 Distribution released on Youtube the commemorative trailer of the beloved Wong Kar Wai film In the Mood for Love 4k version to honor the film’s 20th Anniversary.  He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. …

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Restored Version of Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965) Available to Watch for Free from Nov. 13 – 15 on Vimeo

The veteran director Mike De Leon recently uploaded on his Vimeo account (Citizen Jake) the restored version of Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, which is available for streaming from November 13 – 15, 2020.  The black-and-white English-language film was directed by the very first National Artist for Film Lamberto V. Avellana …

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Incoherence (1994) and Influenza (2004): Bong Joon-ho’s Short Films on Ethical and Social Dilemmas

It is beyond doubt that Bong Joon-ho is now considered as one of the world’s finest directors, following the path of Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, and Steven Spielberg. With the recent win of his Obra Maestra Parasite at the Cannes Film Festival and 92nd Academy Awards, the world has started to be swept up by …

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Cinema Centenario’s 3rd Maginhawa Film Festival Will Happen on Nov. 11 – 22 on MOOV (Video on-demand)

Earlier this month, Maginhawa Street’s Cinema Centenario bid goodbye to its physical space because of the pandemic. But this does not mean that it’s the end of our beloved microcinema. To grapple with the recent crisis, Cinema Centenario, which is known for featuring Filipino films that aren’t usually widely shown and don’t reach many viewers in the …

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Animahenasyon 14 Goes Online to Showcase Filipino Talents in Animation

Since 2007, the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI) has been organizing a Philippine Animation Festival called “Animahenasyon,” which aims to discover the hidden gems in Filipino animation.   In its 14th year, the annual animation festival is going to be online for the first time to continue showcasing brilliant works of Filipino animators. The …

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New Batch of Filipino Films Available on Netflix Starting This November

Last month, the leading online movie platform Netflix released three blockbuster Filipino films on its massive platforms. These specifically include the tear-jerking film The How of Us by Cathy-Garcia Molina starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla; the romantic drama film Exes Baggage by Dan Villegas; and the 2013 horror film Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay by …

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New Google Chrome Browser Extension Allows Netflix Users to Read a Film’s Screenplay While Watching

For cinephiles and filmmakers, screenplay, one of the foundations of filmmaking, is an essential element to study and soak in to learn the structured backbone of films. While home video releases and streaming platforms offer subtitles for accessibility, which can be a tool to understand dialogue, they understandably don’t encapsulate the full breadth of a …

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Fully Booked to Hold a Free Ghibli Films Roundtable Happening on November 6

As part of Fully Booked Fest 2020 in celebration of National Reading Month this November, the famous bookstore will hold a free Studio Ghibli event discussion on November 6 at 6 pm. “The Art of Storytelling: Studio Ghibli Round Table” will tackle and dissect Ghibli films’ themes, storytelling, art style, and symbolism.  Founded in 1985, …

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Free Films to Watch on Cinema One Originals’ Youtube Channel Until December 16

Cinema One Originals has recently dropped five independent films to watch for FREE from November 4 to December 16 on Youtube. The set of movies covers a wide range of genres, including thriller, action, and drama, and tackles pressing and compelling social issues.  We have been under community quarantine for eight months now and we …

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Stuck Inside? ‘Film recs for cinephiles’ Recommends Local Horror Movies to Watch

When was the last time you screamed so loud because of watching a horror film? Do you still remember the face of Lotus Feet in Feng Shui or the saint statue in Seklusyon? Are you fond of watching horror films or just brave enough to face evil spirits, terrifying ghosts, and mysterious creatures on screen? …

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ICYDK: There’s a Filipino Version of Batman-Dracula Film Produced in 1967

Batman has been a famous and iconic superhero for many people. His spectacular wit and mysterious personality add to his long-established prominence among fans of comics and hero series. As a superhero, he has been waging (eternal) war against all criminals in Gotham City in the name of his murdered parents.  Obviously, there isn’t anything …

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McArthur Alejandre’s First Indie Movie Kaputol to Compete at Innuendo International Film Festival

Kaputol (Fragments), a full-length feature film directed by McArthur Alejandre and written by award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee, is currently competing at the 4th Innuendo International Film Festival in Milan, Italy.  The film festival has just begun on October 27 and will end on October 30, 2020.  The film follows the story of long-time best friends …

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Cine Europa Offers Free Movies To Watch Until November 29

The pandemic has been keeping many of our mainstream and local cinemas to remain closed. Local and international film festivals have resorted to online schemes as they have no choice but to follow the strict social distancing and health protocols. Cine Europa is one of them.  For its 23rd edition, Cine Europa goes online and releases 19 …

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List of Peque Gallaga-Lore Reyes’ Must-watch Horror Films

Multi-awarded veteran director Peque Gallaga and his long-time close friend and collaborator Lore Reyes, a veteran director as well, were considered two of the pioneers of folklore and horror films in the country. Their tandem was very successful in remaking commercial mainstream genres.  Peque Gallaga has founded many film workshops in Negros to support aspiring …

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Now Screaming: Kim Chiu’s Horror Flick ‘U-turn’

Watching a scary movie this Halloween may not be possible in cinemas this year, but this does not stop Star Cinema to let us feel the Halloween vibes.  Last October 30, the production company released its newest horror film U-turn, featuring Kim Chiu, on Ktx.ph, Sky Cable (Pay-Per-View), Cignal Cable (Pay-Per-View), and iWant TFC.  The …

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Kylie Verzosa to Play the Lead Role in PH Adaptation of “The Housemaid”

Beauty-queen-turned-actress Kylie Verzosa will lead the upcoming Philippine adaptation of the award-winning South Korean erotic-thriller film The Housemaid.  View this post on Instagram #ArtistUpdate: Another upcoming movie for our dearest Kylie Verzosa! We are very excited for the Philippine version of the hit Korean Thriller movie entitled The Housemaid! Congratulations @kylieverzosa 💖 A post shared …

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Locarno 2021: Applications For Open Doors Hub and Lab Are Open Until 13 January 2021

Last August, the Open Doors 2020 edition of the Locarno Film Festival underlined the exceptional narrative and creative richness of Mongolian and South-East Asian cinema as well as the urgent need for filmmakers from this region to share their visions of their contemporary societies. And this initiative will continue as the Switzerland-based film festival is …

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Netflix Gives a Glimpse of The Upcoming Filipino Anime Series TRESE

The world’s leading streaming entertainment service provider Netflix has finally released the first images of the much-awaited anime series Trese. View this post on Instagram Aswangs of Manila, beware: Alexandra Trese is coming for you. Enjoy this very first look at TRESE, coming soon on Netflix. 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭 A post shared by Netflix Philippines (@netflixph) on Oct …

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Filipina-American stars in a musical-drama film Yellow Rose

A musical-drama film Yellow Rose led by Filipino-American actress Eva Noblezada is currently showing in Hollywood theaters.  Yellow Rose is a lighthearted coming-of-age film that portrays a fresh yet accurate depiction of immigration struggles that many of our kababayans have faced in foreign countries. The film, written and directed by Diane Paragas, follows the story of an undocumented Filipina …

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Ang Lihim ni Lea: Philippines’ Award-winning Animated Film on Child Abuse Awareness

According to UNICEF, the incidence of child abuse and exploitation has worsened during the pandemic. Sadly, there are still many people who are unaware of or lacking knowledge on the topic. Child abuse can actually take different forms, and awareness is the key to preventing it from happening in our society. One way to raise …

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Maja Salvador to Star in Mikhail Red’s Upcoming Film, “Arisaka”

After two years since her film To Love Some Buddy, Maja Salvador will finally return on the big screen as she will star in the upcoming movie Arisaka directed by Mikhail Red.  View this post on Instagram #Arisaka 7th film soon! Excited to be working with @iammajasalvador @ten17p A post shared by Mikhail Red (@red_mikhail) …

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Beauty and the South East: Multi-Awarded PH Films Set to Premiere at San Diego Asian Film Festival

The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) went online to bring you their first-ever virtual film festival showcasing more than 125 films from 24 countries in 34 languages with over 50 Q&As! Included in the film festival is the Philippines, which continues the momentum with a powerhouse lineup. This year, six Filipino films have been selected for …

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