Far East Film Fest Set to Conquer Udine, Italy

 In celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be leading a big delegation of Filipino filmmakers, artists, and members of the academe with the Philippines chosen as the Country of Focus in the Far East Film Festival happening on April 24 to 29 in Udine, Italy.

Set to compete in the Festival are “Si Chedeng sa Si Apple,” “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and “Ang Larawan,” while restored Ricky Lee classics, “Himala” and “Moral”, directed by the well renowned late director, Marilou Diaz-Abaya will be showcased at the restored film classics feature.

With the opportunity to showcase our very own filmmakers in Far East Film Festival, FDCP is bringing in select filmmakers and speakers for Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks.

Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa and FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño for Filipino Popular Cinema to be moderated by Mr. Max Tessier on April 26.

Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will talk about Discovering the Past: Asian Film History – Filipino Cinema during WWII, to be introduced by Mr. Roger Garcia, Festival Director of Hong Kong International Film Festival on April 27.

Aside from these, FDCP is also proud to announce that three Filipino film projects made it to the 14 titles selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival Project Market dedicated to genre cinema. These projects in development will be presented to more than 200 professionals made up of panels, one-on-one meetings, projections and networking opportunities.

These are “Belen” by Quark Henares, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew, Epicmedia Productions Inc., “Quantum Suicide” by Mikhail Red, produced by Micah Tadena, Media East Productions and Taro Imai, Harakiri Films, co-produced by Japan and “Wilderness” by Nadira Ilana, produced by Nadira Ilana, Telan Bulan Films and Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema and Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, M’GO Films, a co-production between Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.

On the other hand, Filipino Producer Monster Jimenez of Arkeo Films with her film in development, “Return of the Owl” by Martika Ramirez Escobar made it to the 15 selected projects for the tenth edition of Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects. These selected films will have the opportunity to meet numerous producers, financiers and distributors present on the Focus Asia days for potential partnership in the development of their film.


The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018.


Rampage With The Rock

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is back with an action-packed film “Rampage” directed by Brad Peyton. It among others features a wolf, a deadly crocodile and an albino gorilla named George!

It just hit the theaters. You will enjoy the movie with a bag of popcorn and lots of wild creative imagination.

Watch it best in IMAX available in selected SM Cinemas.

Must See Suspense: “A Quiet Place” by John Krasinski

Imagine…A Quiet Place

Starring Emily Blunt alongside her husband and director of the film John Krasinski, A Quiet Place will surely leave its viewers shaking with anticipation and filled with paranoia as they step into the life of the Abbott family.

Every move of the characters is tense with dread second-by-second as the unknown creatures lurk, able to terrorize the family with a single cry or a heavy footstep. That is why sign language is key wherein the cast needed to study and learn how to sign.

Millicent Simmonds in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Left to right: John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

For a thrilling and unpredictable cinematic experience, A Quiet Place is sure to keep your heart pounding at the edge of your seat feel, until the very end,

Invite anyone you know to any Director’s Club or SM Cinema theatre.

PPP 2018 Announced by FDCP


After its success last year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will once again be hosting the second year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) on August 15-21, 2018. 

 In partnership with all the theaters in the country, PPP will be selecting eight (8) films to have their Philippine premiere during the event. “PPP was so well-received by our audience last year and we believe that this industry event is worth doing again this year. We are very proud that Filipinos came together to support our own and enjoy our amazing slate of quality genre films,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino during a meeting with the producers last April 4, 2018 at Salu Restaurant in Quezon City.

“Everybody is looking forward to PPP 2018 and we are working hard to make it even more successful,” she added. PPP will also be an opportunity for producers to enhance their experience and learn more about the ins and outs of the industry, from marketing, to booking, and distributing their films.”

PPP 2018 is open to all Filipino producers with finished films who may submit more than one (1) entry with the following criteria:

 A.         The film should have themes reflective of the Filipino sensibilities culture      with wide audience appeal.

B.         The film should have been produced from 2017-2018.

C.         The film must have its Philippine premiere during the Pista ng Pelikulang     Pilipino and must not have been previously shown in any format in the             country. Films which premiered internationally are eligible.

D.         The film should have a minimum of 75 minutes and a maximum of 180         minutes in length.

E.         The film must be submitted with English subtitles.

F.         The producer must have a distributor.

G.         The producer must have a marketing plan ready in the event of selection.


Applications open on April 20 with the deadline on June 15, 2018.
For more information, visit www.fdcp.ph and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipinio facebook page and other PPP social media accounts.



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