Film Festivals in the Philippines
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We are a country of many festivals. It’s is a way of life for many. To date we have a good number of competitive film festivals. This platform gives the best of opportunities to both young and seasoned Filipino filmmakers to showcase their latest films.

The Philippines is one of the many countries where their local film festival gives grants to their filmmakers. These local film festivals have also become an avenue for budding filmmakers to showcase their talents, eventually exposing them to more film projects. In addition, the abundance of amateur and potential filmmakers, through the democracy of filmmaking, creates a significant market for films to tap in the new platforms. That makes cinema very much alive, broadening audience viewership for alternative cinema through various institutions. Someday we can succeed more.

Here’s a list of notable film festivals in the Philippines

Metro Manila Film Festival 1975 Metro Manila Development Authority December 25 – January 7
Cinemalaya2005Cultural Center of the PhilippinesJuly and August
QCinema2013Quezon City GovernmentOctober
Cinema One Originals2005ABS CBN, Cinema OneOctober
Sinag Maynila2015Solar Entertainment, Brillante MendozaMarch and April
Cinefilipino2013Cignal, UnitelSeptember
Tofarm Film Festival2016Universal Harvesters, Milagros HowSeptember
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino2017Film Development Council of the PhilippinesAugust

The role of films festivals to our new filmmakers creates a wide diversity of storytelling because our country is rich with vibrant, socially relevant and festive stories. Our young and new filmmakers are composed of directors, producers, actors and film crew. In this blog we will feature filmmakers who recently give recognition to our country.

Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

Gutierrez is a product, through mentorship, of both Mendoza’s filmmaking workshop and Lao’s found story scriptwriting workshop. Hi first feature film Verdict has recently won the Venice Orizzonti Special Jury Prize, screened in Telluride, Toronto, Busan and more. It is also the Philippines’ entry for the 92nd Academy Awards – Oscars for the international feauture film category. Read more about Verdict

*story in development