Every Christmas season, Metro Manila's cinemas kick the usual Hollywood blockbusters out of their programme for two weeks to make space exclusively for Philippine cinema. The Metro Manila Film Festival shows MMFF entries from December 25, 2015, to January 7, 2015.
The Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Tokyo International Film Festival, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute and the Film Development Council of the Philippines presents EIGA SAI 2015 with the theme of “Tasteful Japan” featuring the flavourful culinary world of Japan and the contemporary films released in Japan in 2014. Expect a variety of film genres—comedy, feature, documentary, historical dramas and the all-time favorite sci-fi/ fantasy to complete this year’s line-up. Eiga Sai 2015 is generously supported by JT International (Philippines), Akira, SumoSam, Bobson, ClickTheCity.com and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.
The Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists for the Short film category for the 2015 Cinemalaya Film Festival and Competition.
It is almost the Chinese New Year and to celebrate it, Ateneo de Manila’s Filipino-Chinese organization Celadon will be holding the 9th
Spring Film Festival from February 13 to 22, 2015 at Edsa Shangri-La Mall. The festival features six award-winning Chinese films. Entrance is free and all films have English subtitles.
"Family" in all possible forms is the big issue of this year's Cine Europa, the annual film festival organized by the EU Delegation to the Philippines. The annual event takes cinephiles on an artistic and poetic tour all over the continent, and all for free!
Shangri-la Plaza mall hosts the much awaited Moviemov Italian Film Festival from July 23 to 27, 2014. To be shown are the classic work of Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola, La Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty), an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and other critically acclaimed contemporary films from Italy.
The International Silent Film Festival will once again show how pictures and music are enough to tell great stories in film. The festival at Shang Cineplex features seven silent movies from three continents, most of them from the early decades of film making. Philippine and international musicians are taking care of the live soundtrack.
Cinemalaya is the big independent film festival of the Philippines. 25 films will be on display from August 1 to 10, 2014. Venues are the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala cinemas of Greenbelt 3, TriNoMa, Alabang Town Center, and Fairview Terraces.
For almost two decades now, the French Embassy, Alliance Française, and Institut Français have been bringing the best of French Cinema to Manila. It is getting passionate at this year's French Film Festival, with most of the movies centered on stories of complicated and/or unlikely relationships.
Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the Film Festival Película has grown through the years to become the most important showcase of Spanish Cinema in the Southeast Asian region.
Manila is a Megacity for Cinephiles. At first glance it may seem that cinemas here only show the usual Hollywood blockbusters and a Pinoy romantic comedy every now and then. But make no mistake, the city hosts more than a dozen domestic and international film festivals every year.
The 8th International Silent Film Festival takes place from August 28 to August 31, 2014. The following countries will be part of the festival: Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Philippines, and the USA. For Germany the silent film "Destiny" (Der müde Tod) has been chosen to be shown during the festival.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is preparing the International Film Expo (IFX) next June 2014. The 3rd IFX is set to feature its staple film market wherein local and international exhibitors from film schools, production companies, post-production houses, and equipment suppliers among others will have a chance to exhibit their wares.
Manila stands for recreation for body and soul. In our November Newsletter, we would like to present to you various ways of enjoying a laid-back life in the Megacity.