World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF), one of the biggest gatherings of international films in the Philippines, is back on its third run on June 29 to July 10 with over 60 films in tow.
The third edition will see the cooperation of Film Development Council Philippines and the Cinematheque Centre Manila to celebrate the power and magic of film.
Featuring a dazzling array of human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues, the WPFF 2016 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.
The festival’s 12-day duration kicks off on June 29 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the Opening Film premiere of the newly restored classic, Pagdating sa Dulo by Ishmael Bernal.
As with its previous editions, WPFF is hosting competitions for both international and Philippine-made movies.
The main competition will include By Accident by Camille Fontaine of France; Love Above All Things by Cinema de la Pena of Spain; Redha by Malaysia’s Tunku Mona Riza; Yen’s Life from Vitnam’s Dinh Tuan Yun; Young Love Lost by Xiang Guoqiang of China and from the Philippines, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s Daughter of Three Tailed Banner.
These six movies will vie for the Grand Festival Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Artistic Contribution, Technical Grand Prize, and Best Ensemble Performance. An international jury will determine the winners.
The Main Competition Gala Premieres will take place at Shang Cineplex, Uptown Cinema and Greenbelt 3, followed by a Q&A with the Director.
Another highlight of the festival is Filipino New Cinema section which is focused on celebrating Filipino filmmaking talent in the country.
The Filipino New Cinema section will bring contemporary Filipino films to cinema screens in Manila and the rest of the country, including the Cinematheque Centre Manila, Uptown Cinema, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, and Shang Cineplex.
Up for the jury’s and audience’s appreciation are: Curiosity, Adventure, Love, by Sunshine Lichauco De Leon and Suzanne Richardone; Alvin Yapan’s EDSA; Ringgo the Dogshooter by first-time director Rahyan Carlos; Raynier Brizuela’s Memory Channel; Ronaldo Bertubin’s KU’TE; and Mel Chionglo’s Iadya Mo Kami.
A special jury of Philippine cinema experts will award these six contemporary Filipino films with prizes including Best Picture (1st and 2nd place), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Engineering, Best Production Design, Best Performances, and Best Supporting Roles.
The Filipino New Cinema Gala Premieres will take place at SM Megamall and SM North Edsa, followed by a Q&A with the Director and Cast.
Other sections in the festival include the “Intercontinental,” “ASEAN Skies,” “Filipino Classics,” “Silent Verde,” and “Silent French Short Films,” among others.
Aspiring filmmakers can also look forward to parallel events such as the International Film Conference (IFC) with the topic “Behind the Scenes: a 360 degree view of the film industry.” The free event is happening on Casino Español de Manila on Friday at 11a.m. Not to be forgotten is another free event called the Mini International Film Expo.
Films will be shown at a festival price of P100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise. For more information, visit wpff.ph.