The Film Development Council Philippines in cooperation with the Cinematheque Centre Manila proudly present the third World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) slated from June 29 to July 10, 2016.
The FILIPINO NEW CINEMA section of the Festival is focused on celebrating Filipino filmmaking talent in the country. The Filipino New Cinema section will bring contemporary Filipino films to cinema screens in Manila and the rest of the country, including the Cinematheque Centre Manila, Uptown Cinema, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, and Shang Cineplex.
The six featured contemporary Filipino films will all compete for the festival awards, including Best Director, 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.
These distinctly Filipino stories, as well as receiving financial grants from the festival organizers, will soon be presented for the jury’s and audience’s appreciation.
“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.
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?
“Ringgo the Dogshooter”, 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.
Raynier Brizuela’s “Memory Channel” stars Gerald Santos as Leo La Torre, a local singer who suffers from retrograde amnesia, which results in depression and anxiety. When retired psychiatrist Martin (Epy Quizon) helps him recover his past through a method named the “memory chanel”, Leo goes through a turbulent journey that ends in a true understanding the concepts of trust and patience.
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.
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.
From June 30 to July 2, the FNC Gala Premieres (by invitation only) will take place at SM Megamall and SM North Edsa, followed by a Q&A with the Director and Cast.
The Festival’s 12-day duration kicks off on June 29 – 3pm at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the Opening Film premiere of the newly restored classic, “Pagdating sa Dulo” by Ishmael Bernal. The Opening Night will take place later that evening at 7pm, with a variety of local and international performances. This intimate opening show is set to give audiences a sneak peek into the films lined up for the WPFF’s newest edition.
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 and cultural diversities, the festival provides a unique opportunity for talented filmmakers to reach new audiences in the Philippines, and across Asia’s rapidly growing film climate.
Sections in the festival include the Main Competition and Filipino New Cinema, as well as the Intercontinental, Vietnam – Country of Honor, ASEAN Skies, and many more.
From June 29 to July 10, the WPFF 2016 will be showing over 60 international films at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, as well as partner venues: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Greenbelt 3, the Shang Cineplex, and Uptown Cinemas.
Films will be shown at a festival price of P100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise.