MANILA, Philippines ─Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)and SINE KABATAAN of National Youth Commission in partnership with commercial theaters screened different Filipino films produced by local filmmakers nationwide, dubbed as the PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO which started last August 16 until August 22, 2017.
This festive event is a week-long celebration of Filipino films in line with the BUWAN NG WIKA (August) month-long celebration. Organized by FDCP and other aforementioned organizations headed by FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra, PPP gives platform for Filipino films and filmmakers to associate their films to a wider Filipino audience through a nationwide release.
Films that were selected in the said festival features a variety of genres, with some films making this event as their Philippine screening debut. The line-up were chosen by a panel composed of some of the best and critically acclaimed names in the industry, Manet Dayrit, Oggs Cruz, Ricky Lee, Erik Matti, Jose Javier Reyes, Iza Calzado, and Lee Briones.
The following are the films that were chosen for the PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO
- 100 Tula Para Kay Stella
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Producer: Viva Films
Cast: Bela Padilla and JC Santos
- Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B
Director: Prime Cruz
Producer: The IdeaFirst Company
Cast: Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario
Director: Enzo Williams
Cast: Gerald Anderson and Dianne Medina
- Bar Boys
Director: Kip Oebanda
Producer: Tropic Frills, Inc.
Cast: Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, and Kean Cipriano
Director: Mikhail Red
Producer: TBA Studios
Cast: Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes, John Arcilla, and Ku Aquino
Director: Ralston Jover
Producer: CPI/Cinema One
Cast: Zaijan Jaranilla, Teri Malvar, and Sam Quintana
- Paglipay (Crossing)
Director: Zig Dulay
Cast: Garry Cabalic, Anna Luna, Joan dela Cruz, and Marinella Sevidal
- Patay Na Si Hesus
Director: Victor Kaiba Villanueva
Producer: T-Rex Entertainment
Cast: Jaclyn Jose
- Pauwi Na (Pedicab)
Director: Paolo Villaluna
Producer: Universal Harvesters Inc.
Cast: Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache
Director: Sherad Anthony Sanchez
Producer: CPI/Cinema One
Cast: Jessy Mendiola and JC de Vera
- Star na Si Van Damme Stallone
Director: Randolph Longjas
Producer: Unitel x Straight Shooters
Cast: Candy Pangilinan, Paolo Pingol, and Jadford Dilanco
Director: Miguel Franco Michelena
Producer: Michelena Brothers Production
Cast: Kylie Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Albie Casino, and Joseph Marci
PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO is not just a celebration of Filipino film but also honoring and giving credits to the artistic works of local filmmakers here in the country.
These films are now on their 4th day of screening in almost 700 cinemas nationwide. Moreover, top 3 films will be awarded (August 19, 2017) as the Audience Choice Awards based on audience votes from the previous 3 days of screening.
Reported by: Jhonpaul Lacson, Bill Germinal