GUIDE: World Premieres Film Festival 2016

The Film Development Council Philippines in cooperation with the Cinematheque Centre Manila proudly presents the third World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) slated from June 29 up to July 10, 2016.

About the Film Festival

The WPFF celebrates the power and magic of film by showcasing the works of film directors from across the globe. Featuring a dazzling array of human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues, the festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to reach new audiences in the Philippines, and launch their international premieres in Asia’s rapidly growing film climate.

Screening Venues

This year, over 60 international films will be shown at the following venues:

  • Cinematheque Centre Manila,
  • SM Megamall,
  • SM North EDSA,
  • Greenbelt 3,
  • Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and
  • Uptown Mall.

Ticket Price:

Films will be shown at a festival price of PHP 100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise. Meanwhile, gala screenings of Main Competition films are FREE of charge.

Opening Film

The  12-day duration kicks off on June 29 at 3:oo PM at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the Opening Film premiere of the newly restored classic, “Pagdating sa Dulo” by Ishmael Bernal. The film features the legendary actress Rita Gomez and Vic Vargas.

At 7:00 PM, a variety of local and international performances will take place to give audiences a sneak peek into the films lined up for the WPFF’s newest edition.

Screening Schedules

Here are the schedules of the gala premieres of the Main Competition and Filipino New Cinema entries:

World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Screening Schedules at SM North EDSA and SM Megamall:

World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Screening Schedules at Uptown Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Greenbelt 3:

World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Screening Schedules at Cinematheque Centre Manila:

Main Competition

A dazzling array of international premieres featuring human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues from around the globe. With the acclaimed foreign directors in attendance. Awards to be given by an international jury shall include the Grand Festival Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Artistic Contribution, Technical Grand Prize, and Best Ensemble Performance.

The Main Competition Gala Premieres will take place at Shang Cineplex, Uptown Cinema and Greenbelt 3, followed by a Q&A with the Director (free admission).

Filipino New Cinema

Come and #SupportLocal at the Philippine premieres of six films that helps Filipino filmmakers screen to local and international audiences. A special jury of Philippine cinema experts will award these six contemporary Filipino films with prizes including Best Picture (1st and 2nd place), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Engineering, Best Production Design, Best Performances, and Best Supporting Roles.

The Filipino New Cinema Gala Premieres will take place at SM Megamall and SM North Edsa, followed by a Q&A with the Director and Cast (by invitation only).


“Curiosity, Adventure, Love”, co-directed by Sunshine Lichauco De Leon and Suzanne Richardone, is a heartwarming documentary that weaves together the life of 104-year-old American Jessie Lichauco, who first arrived in the Philippines alone in 1933 and was granted an honorary Philippine citizenship in 2012, with the history of the country. Bridging together past, present, and future, the film takes us on a journey of a century of humanity, love, home, war, faith, and rebuilding a nation.


Starring Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica, Joem Bascon, Allen Dizon, Sue Prado, Mara Isabella Lopez Yokohama, Hayden Kho Jr, John Manalo, Simon Ibarra, Lance Raymundo, Upeng Galang Fernandez.

In Alvin Yapan’s “EDSA”, a popular highway in Manila becomes symbolic of the country’s cultural and national condition – with traffic being an apt metaphor for stagnant progress. Three stories collide as they navigate the city from different perspectives, pondering the same question: what matters most, the individual or the whole?


Starring Eddie Garcia, Aiko Melendez, Ricky Davao, Diana Zubiri and Allen Dizon.

Mel Chionglo’s “Iadya Mo Kami” follows Father Greg (Allen Dizon), a wayward diocesan priest who is reassigned to a parish up in the mountains. His relationship with a young woman, Carla (Diana Zubiri), results in pregnancy. One night, the priest discovers the dead body of the town’s richest man in the church. He embarks on a mission to solve the crime, leading to his own personal salvation.


Starring Johan Santos, Marielle Therese, Nico Gomez.

Ronaldo Bertubin’s “KU’TE” captures the story of Emong (Johan Santos), who raised his sister, LenLen (Marielle Therese), with Down Syndrome, by himself. As the film maps LenLen’s own physical and emotional struggles in a society that sees more the incapacity and less the capability of disabled people, Emong’s own harrowing moral journey, made more confusing by on-off romance with Roldan (Nico Gomez), is kickstarted when a shock discovery is made about his sister.


Starring Epy Quizon, Bodjie Pascua, Patrick Patawaran, Michelle Vito, and Gerald Santos in his first starring role. Directed by Raynier Brizuela.

“MEMORY CHANNEL is an edgy film that tackles anxiety/ panic attacks triggered by retrograde amnesia in a person desperately seeking and rebuilding a distorted past. He realizes in the end that his future cannot and must not be defined solely by his past. His present is as relevant as his past to his future.”


Starring Sandino Martin, Janice De Belen, and introducing Inca the doberman. With Liza Diño, Bembol Roco, Manuel Chua, Rubi Rubi, Micha Oteyza, and Bodjie Pascua.

“Ringgo: The Dog-Shooter”, by first-time director Rahyan Carlos, is an unconventional tale that follows the journey of 16-year-old Ringgo (Sandino Martin), a boy who falls into working as a dog-shooter – one who assists in mating dogs for breeding purposes. Ringgo works for Bong (Janice de Belen), a dog breeder that owns a troubled Doberman named Inca. Things get complicated when their personal relationships go awry.


Highlighting the wealth of cultural diversity across different continents, and narrating the human condition through the medium of cinema, all countries outside of the Southeast Asian region are in the running for the “Intercontinental Prize for Best Film.”


With films hailing from the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this exhibit aims to create a regional community of active cultural exchange. Their close proximities and shared history gives each member state much common ground. Films will compete for the “ASEAN Skies Prize for Best Film.”

Country of Honor: Vietnam

A WPFF first! The Country of Honor highlights the cinema of particular countries around the world to honor their filmmaking talent here in the Philippines. Our inaugural Country of Honor is Vietnam: eight contemporary Vietnamese films will screen throughout the Festival, with each Vietnamese director taking part in the Festival, roundtable discussions, attending media functions during their stay, and representing Vietnam at each gala event.

Spotlight: China

From beyond The Great Wall and beyond! Join us as we screen new and critically acclaimed Chinese films: blockbusters, love stories, action… and an au pair. Prosperity to all who watch!

Filipino Classics

Timeless Philippine films, digitally scanned and restored, provide a wonderful look into our cinema’s past, meanwhile carrying a torchlight into our future. Catch a sneak peek into the budding collection of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP).

Out of Competition

An illuminating exhibition of foreign films which have garnered success and critical acclaim at other international film festivals around the world.

Cine Verde

Cine Verde raises awareness of environmental issues and aims to incite societal change societal through the power of cinema. Presented in partnership with Connect4Climate (C4C), a global partnership program based at the World Bank, and global campaign, Film4Climate, committed to spreading climate change knowledge through cinema and related creative industries, and to finding ways to mitigate the environmental impact of film production.

French Silent Short Films

Featuring a special selection of rare short silent films, these timelessly whimsical clips from France’s past will lend the Festival a little extra European je ne sais quoi.

Parallel Events

JULY 1 • 11 a.m.
International Film Conference (IFC)
Venue: Casino Español de Manila

Free and open to the public, the IFC aims to impart global film industry perspectives to everyone from those in the Filipino film industry, to students alike.  Focused on the topic “Behind the Scenes: a 360 degree view of the film industry”, speakers includes top-tier film industry leaders from around the globe such as Katharina Böttinger (Sales and Technical Department of the European Film Market), Edgar Tejerero (President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc.), Attorney Ted Roper (partner lawyer of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP, based in Los Angeles), and Hyong-Joon Kim (Korean film producer).

JULY 1 • 11 a.m.
Mini International Film Expo (IFX)
Venue: Cinematheque Centre Manila

A spin-off to 2015’s International Film Expo (IFX), this year a Mini IFX will accompany the IFC. Featuring a short and sweet selection of the industry’s latest and greatest technologies, a select handful of exhibitors included RSVP, CMB, Arrays Technology, and Black Magic will digitally dazzle.

JULY 2 • 2 PM
Director Roundtables and Q & A Panels
Venue: Cinematheque Centre Manila ( ASEAN Library )
Host: Mike Sano

A Vietnamese filmmaker will have panel discussion at 2 p.m.
A Main Competition filmmaker will have director round table discussion at 3 p.m.

Film ASEAN Library Inauguration

Calling all interested in ASEAN cinema! The FILM ASEAN Library – or “Knowledge Management Centre” – is Asia’s newest hub for ASEAN cinema culture, creating access to books, magazines, and a rich variety of resource materials graciously contributed by the ten member states of the FILM ASEAN—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Outdoor Screenings

Outdoor screenings will bring a new cinematic experience to the festival! The outdoor courtyard within the Cinematheque complex is the perfect spot for cinema lovers to sit down and catch a flick, sipping refreshments in a more casual atmosphere than inside the darkness of the theatre.

Films to be shown include: French Silent films, environmental films in the parallel Cine Verde film section, and Filipino Classics.

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To join in the social media conversation, use our official hashtags: #enjoythescene #wpff

‘The Conjuring 2’ scares off competition worldwide, grosses P106-M in PH

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, James Wan’s sequel to 2013’s record-breaking supernatural thriller summoned up $90.350 million at the worldwide box office, making “The Conjuring 2” #1 in its opening weekend in North America and expecting to be #1 internationally, outside of China. The announcement was made June 12 by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Coming off of a strong Thursday night total of $3.4 million domestically, the film took in $40.350 million in North America, marking the largest domestic horror opening since 2013’s “The Conjuring,” which went on to gross $319 million in theaters worldwide.

Internationally, the film took in a sensational $50 million, doubling “The Conjuring” in the same opening markets. These early successes, along with an A- Cinema Score and a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicate the “The Conjuring 2” is poised to scare up excellent numbers as it expands into additional territories in the coming weeks.
In the Philippines, the Patrick Wilson-Vera Farmiga starrer spooked the box-office with a P106-M in six days, and still counting.

In making the announcement, Kwan Vandenberg stated, “Once again, James Wan has proven himself a true master of the scare, building an onscreen world that not only frightens his fans in the best way possible, but remains with them when they leave the theater. We anticipate strong word-of-mouth will carry the film through the summer corridor.”

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring 2,” with James Wan once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of “The Conjuring,” brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air”) and Patrick Wilson, star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

The film follows the phenomenal worldwide reception of Wan’s “The Conjuring,” which marked the largest opening ever for an original horror movie. It went on to make more than $319 million worldwide and still remains the second highest grossing original horror movie of all time, second only to “The Exorcist.”

Now showing in Philippine cinemas, “The Conjuring 2” is a New Line Cinema presentation and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

QCinema 2016 announces QCX Shorts finalists

Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) has released the list of winners that made it to the final cut for its new short film competition, “QCX Shorts.”

With a grant of P100,000, QCinema is the only festival in the country awarding financial grants to winning filmmakers for its actual production as well as owning the rights to the finished short films.

Short Films Finalists

Here is the complete list of short films finalists of the 4th Quezon City International Film Festival:

  1. Hondo by Aedrian Araojo
  2. If You Leave by Dodo Dayao
  3. Kung Saan may Naiwan by Joshua Joven and Kaj Palanca
  4. Nang Lumipad ang Batang Agila by Mihk Vergara
  5. Padating by Gabrielle Tayag
  6. Papa’s Shadow by Inshallah Montero
  7. Sayaw sa Butal by Victor Nierva
  8. Viva Viva Escolta by Janus Victoria

Directors from the different parts of the country make a splash in this year’s short film competition.

Three directors have used the different faces of drama. Victor Nierva from Naga, Camarines Sur harnesses the power of melodrama for his piece, “Sayaw sa Butal”. Aedrian Araojo from Zamboanga City captures the sad story of a mother and son relationship in “Hondo”. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Tayag of Pampanga gives a new spin to the airport experience in his film, “Padating”.

Dark concepts are rediscovered in two short film features. Janus Victoria melds the concepts of art and goth in “Viva Viva Escolta” while Dodo Dayao uses the found footage style for his horror entry, “If You Leave”.

In art, age is just a number. Sixteen year old Joshua Joven, together with Kaj Palanca, proves that when his LGBT-themed short, “Kung Saan may Naiwan”, was selected by the jury composed of QCFDC members.

Two short movies suited for children round up the rest of the competition line-up. Mihk Vergara incorporates the concept of superhero in “Nang Lumipad ang Batang Agila” while Inshallah Montero’s “Papa’s Shadow” uses elements of shadow plays.

QCinema, a film festival created by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) organized by Quezon City Mayor Herbert, previously appropriated seed funding of P1 million for its “Circle Competition” for 8 indie filmmakers. The event is scheduled on October 13-22, 2016.

JOIN THE EVENT HERE: QCinema International Film Festival 2016

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