Sinag Maynila ’18 complete schedule, free film talks (March 8-15)

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Sinag Maynila ceremonial opening held at the IMAX lobby of The Block, SM North EDSA. (L-R: Sinag Maynila Founder and CEO Wilson Tieng, UniFrance's Jeremy Segay, festival director Brilante Mendoza). All photos by Jessica Rae Mayo.

Year 4 of the Sinag Maynila Film Festival will run in select SM cinemas from March 7 to 15, 2018 and includes forums, talks, and workshops in celebration of the country’s 100 years of film.

The 8 participating SM cinemas are the following: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM MoA, SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Fairview, SM Bacoor, SM Sta. Mesa.

Enjoy the film festival’s variety of local films 5 full-length feature films (“Melodrama/Random/Melbourne!,” “El Peste,” “Abomination,” “Bomba,” and “Tale of the Lost Boys), short films, documentaries, and a special re-screening of Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’Rosa.” Click here for details and trailers.

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FDCP FILM TALKS WITH SINAG MAYNILA

Open to the public is the FREE FDCP Film Talks happening on March 10, 2018, Saturday at The Block Cinema 3, SM North EDSA, at 12:30 p.m.

Speakers include internationally renowned filmmaker and Sinag Maynila co-founder and festival director Brillante Mendoza; Korea and South East Asia representative of UniFrance, Jeremy Segay; and Tokyo International Film Festival director Takeo Hisamatsu.

The talks are as follows (3:00-5:00 p.m.):

  1. “Focus on UniFrance” by Jeremy Segay
  2. “Taking on the Tokyo International Film Festival” by Takeo Hisamatsu
  3. “The Story Behind ‘Ma’Rosa’ by Brillante Mendoza

The event will also feature a special screening of “Ma’Rosa” (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OPENING NIGHT

This year’s Sinag Maynila Film Festival has officially opened March 7 at The Block, SM North EDSA, with the 2016 French film “Paris Prestige” (Dir.  Hamé Bourokba,  Ekoué Labitey)  as its opening night film.

It was a festive night, as film enthusiasts and filmmakers gathered to celebrate another milestone in the festival, as it continues to passionately advocate Philippine cinema not just in the country but in the world.

Here are some of the highlights of the night:

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FDCP chair Liza Diño with husband Aiza Seguerra, chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC) arrive at the opening night. FDCP is this year’s Sinag Maynila in celebrating the country’s 100 years in cinema.
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L-R: Jeremy Segay, Brillante Mendoza, Liza Diño, Wilson Tieng, and SM SVP for Marketing and Communications, Millie Dizon.

Get updates of the festival at Sinag Maynila Facebook page. You may also follow them via Instagram at @sinagmaynila, and join the conversation at #SinagMaynila2018.

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