Over 100 Filipino films in this year’s online Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

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Classic and new Filipino films will be streaming online from October to November 2020. Photo from FDCP.

This year’s ‘Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’ (PPP) is going live online amid the COVID-19 pandemic with more than one hundred local film offerings set to start streaming this October.

“Tuloy ang Pista 2020!” announced the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) which is aiming to uplift the Filipino film industry facing difficult times due to the public health crisis in the country.

As a show of solidarity and support, the PPP will screen about 60 full-length feature films and 60 short films online on an exclusive FDCP-sponsored platform (FDCPchannel.ph) from October 31 to November 15, 2020.

Now on its fourth annual run, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a week-long celebration of local films organized by the FDCP to promote Philippine culture and cinematography.

The local film festival will have a total of 13 sections, namely: Premium, Classics, Documentary, Romance, Youth and Family, Genre, Regional Full-Length, Philippine Submissions to the Oscars, PPP Retro, LGBT, Tributes, along with CineMarya and Sine Kabataan.

“PPP4, Sama All” the festival's new slogan is a play on the famous “sana all” catchphrase to indicate offerings from different film fests united in one platform.
“PPP4, Sama All” the festival’s new slogan is a play on the famous “sana all” catchphrase to indicate offerings from different film fests united in one platform.

The Premium section will feature films never before released to the Philippine movie-going public while the Classics section will screen works by National Artists for Cinema or Film from the FDCP’s Philippine Film Archive Collection: “Genghis Khan” (1950) by Manuel Conde, “Manila by Night” (1980) by Ishmael Bernal, and “White Slavery” (1985) by Lino Brocka.

Cinephiles can choose from three passes (Premium All-Access Pass, Half-Run Pass, and Day Pass) available for the digital event. One hundred percent of ticket sales and proceeds will be donated to the movie producers involved. The FDCP will not charge fees from producers this year.

“Despite the limited budget, the FDCP is exhausting all efforts to support Filipino filmmakers in these challenging times by holding the PPP as a representation of unity and a solidarity event that gives back to the filmmaking community greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño said in an FDCP release on September 23, 2020.

Ticket prices and other details for the event have not been released yet as of this writing.

Philippine cinematic masterpieces are being recognized globally amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s debut feature ‘Aswang’ conquered South Korea’s 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, winning the White Goose Award for Best Film in the international section of the competition.

Lav Diaz won Best Director for ‘Lahi, Hayop’ (Genus, Pan) in the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to FDCP and all the filmmakers involved in the showcase of over 100 local films in this year’s online Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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