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19th Cine Europa: At the FDCP Cinematheque Manila

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The Cine Europa Film Festival is back with its last run of 2016 this December at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the festival presented to us by the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines and its member states, in partnership with the FDCP through its Film Cultural Exchange Program, and other cultural organizations.

Boasting 19 years and being one of the longest and largest local film festivals, the Cine Europa celebrates 25 years of the EU Delegation in the Philippines with the theme of “Friendship” to highlight years of cross-continental partnership and collaboration as well as the quality filmmaking cinema from all over Europe. Also in celebration of this friendship, a by-invitation only gala for delegates of the European Union as well as special guests of the FDCP will be conducted during the festival run on December 8, 5 pm, before the private screening of Inés París’s Miguel Y William at 7:30 pm.

21 films showcase at the Cinematheque Manila this month, showing us what friendship means to all different cultures and points-of-view from 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The 19th Cine Europa films screening at the Cinematheque Manila are: Continue reading “19th Cine Europa: At the FDCP Cinematheque Manila”

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Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now 2016 with the Film Development Council of the Philippines

Moviemov 2016 Manila is likewise supported by San Miguel Corporation, Gourmet Farms, Rustan’s, Philippine Italian Association, Augustea Ship Manning, Elburg Ship management, Rina Academy, Fila, Trevi Foundations, L’Opera, Caruso, Cibo di M, and Ralph’s Wines. Music credits: Lands End by Clifford Brown

Ciao! The travelling Italian Film Festival “Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now” makes a home this year with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila, following its string of successful editions in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Moviemov is organized by Playtown Roma and supported by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Italian Trade Agency in Rome and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Rome, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines and the FDCP.

The festival pays tribute to contemporary Italian cinema by travelling Asia, especially the Philippines, and screening the various works of art created by Italy’s impressive crop of talent. Moviemov makes a first in its run in our country by partnering with the FDCP and showing its films exclusively at the Cinematheque Manila this 2016. Continue reading “Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now 2016 with the Film Development Council of the Philippines”

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FDCP: Celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque Manila

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As the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month this October 2016, it offers through the FDCP Cinematheques a selection of screenings giving worthy attention to the lives and perspectives of our indigenous people, with Cinematheque Baguio honoring the Gong Film Festival from the 17th to the 26th of October, and the Cinematheque Iloilo and Cinematheque Manila offering screenings and more from the 12th to the 14th of October.

Screenings for National Indigenous People’s Month at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila this October 12th to 14th have a P100 admission, except for the screening of Bontoc Eulogy, which is offered for free. The Q&A session for Flor Chantal Eco’s curated “Land, Life, and Struggle” on October 13, 7 pm is also for free. Tickets are released an hour before the screening time, on a first-come, first-serve basis, only at the Cinematheque Manila.

More about the featured films after the jump Continue reading “FDCP: Celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque Manila”

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Pagdating Sa Dulo (1971): Ishmael Bernal’s classic now digitally restored

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Ishmael Bernal’s first film Pagdating sa Dulo has another screening on July 8 at Cinematheque Manila at 5pm.

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Pagdating sa Dulo‘s (At The Top) film rights were given to the National Film Archives of the Philippines by George Sison and restoration was made at l’Immagine Ritrovata in Italy through using a 16mm internegative; print was scanned at 4k resolution. The digital restoration process required considerable efforts due to the great number of issues affecting the print. The digital restoration allowed the removal of tears, scratches, warping, visible marks and Halos. Continue reading “Pagdating Sa Dulo (1971): Ishmael Bernal’s classic now digitally restored”

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Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako (1977): The first-ever full length Hiligaynon film is now revived

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Don’t miss to watch the restored 1977 first-ever full length Hiligaynon film entitled “Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako” (I am Thirsty, I am Hungry) directed by Quirino “Quin” Baterna and Leonardo Q. Belen at Cinematheque Centre Manila on July 6 at 1pm.

The Baterna family discovered the surviving reel under a staircase but it was in a bad state. The NFAP (National Film Archives of the Philippines) could not restore it so they sent it to France’s National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image. The restoration was conducted by the CNC (National Centre for Cinematography) laboratories.

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WPFF 2016: World Premieres Film Festival Philippines awards night

Last Sunday, the 3rd of July 2016 was a celebration of cinema and camaraderie as filmmakers and guests from all over the world came together at the Cinematheque Centre Manila for the World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2016 Awards Night.


Actor Sandino Martin gives heartfelt speech after winning Best Actor award for ‘Ringgo The Dogshooter’ during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night
Cast of ‘EDSA’ by Alvin Yapan receive Best Ensemble Award during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night with juror Butch Perez

Cast, Director Rahyan Carlos with Producer Olivia Oteyza, Actor Sandino Martin, juror Butch Perez and supporting cast with awards at World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Director Camille Fontaine gives speech after receiving Best Ensemble Award for ‘By Accident’ during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Director Sunshine Lichauco De Leon with Producer Suzanne Richardone and Editor Justin Weinrich onstage with juror Butch Perez after Jury Award for ‘Curiosity, Adventure and Love’

Director Tunku Mona Riza gives speech after receiving Best Actress for ‘Redha’ during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Executive Producer, Madonna Sanchez of ‘EDSA’ directed by Alvin Yapan gives thanks after film receives Best Picture win

Filipino New Cinema cast, crew, directors and awardees during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Gutierrez Mangansakan II gives speech after winning Best Artistic Contribution for ‘Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner’ during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Vietnam delegation onstage with jurors  and Director Dinh Tuan Vu after winning Grand Jury Prize award for ‘Yen’s Life’ during World Premieres Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

The festooned Cinematheque courtyard was packed full with visitors, all dressed up and eager to discover who would be given top honors from this year’s WPFF. The attendees were treated to a round of refreshments and interviewed on their festival experience before the program started with a bang. Lively performances from world renowned violinist, John Lesaca and Pinoy world music band, Makiling, contributed to the festivities. Continue reading “WPFF 2016: World Premieres Film Festival Philippines awards night”

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FDCP and Cinematheque Centre Manila: World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2016

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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.

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.

This year, over 60 international films will be shown 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.

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 film features the legendary actress Rita Gomez and Vic Vargas.

At 7 p.m., 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.

The different sections that will be featured in the festival are as follows: Main Competition, Filipino New Cinema, Intercontinental, Vietnam – Country of Honor, ASEAN Skies, Spotlight: China, and many more.

More about the Festival after the jump. Continue reading “FDCP and Cinematheque Centre Manila: World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) 2016”

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Cinematheque Center Manila: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis re-screens this April and May

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Are you ready for another go at the #HeleChallenge?

Due to insistent public demand, the Cinematheque Centre Manila is re-screening Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis during April and May 2016.

The experimental work by the soulful, multi-awarded independent filmmaker on the convergence of history, mythology, literature, and nationalism received rave reviews in its premiere in the Berlin International Film Festival, having won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for its cinematic vision and art. Continue reading “Cinematheque Center Manila: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis re-screens this April and May”

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Film Development Council of the Philippines Cinematheque Centre Manila: Holds film series to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) film series to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes will be held on April 16 to April 30 at Cinematheque Centre Manila, 855 T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila.

“The Filmed Don Quixote” Cinematheque Manila screenings are scheduled on the Saturdays of April 2016. Don Quijote de La Mancha screens on April 16 with Part I at 1 pm and Part II at 4 pm. El Caballero Don Quijote screens on April 23, 1 pm. Las Gallinas de Cervantes screens on April 23, 4 pm. Quijote Cabalgando Por el Cine screens on April 30, 4 pm. The films are free of admission, with much gratitude to the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain.

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Film Development Council of the Philippines Cinematheque Centre Manila: Celebrates “Daze of Youth” this April

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Being young ain’t easy, but teens stay #slaying in this sassy film line-up this April!

The Cinematheque Centre Manila celebrates the “Daze of Youth” with youth cinema crossing all eras and genres, speaking of the wayward endlessness of growing up and the rebellion against stern adulthood. Audiences will be treated to special question-and-answer sessions with directors and special guests following select film screenings.

Screenings for the “Daze of Youth” films will be free or with a P50 admission as specified.

Select films will be accompanied by director question-and-answer sessions following the screening. Visit www.fdcp.ph and Cinematheque Centre Manila social media pages for screening schedules and updates.

The Films: Continue reading “Film Development Council of the Philippines Cinematheque Centre Manila: Celebrates “Daze of Youth” this April”