Far East filmfest in Italy to spotlight PH as ‘country of focus’

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Marilou Diaz-Abaya's 'Moral' is one of the Filipino films that will be showcased at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.

The Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy, which runs from April 20 to April 29, 2018, is recognized as the largest film exhibit of popular Asian cinema. For this year, the FEFF chose the Philippines as its “Country of Focus,” as part of the celebration of the 100 years of Philippine cinema.

As FEFF’s “Country of Focus,” the Philippines, through the efforts of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be leading a big delegation of Filipino filmmakers, artists, and members of the academe.

Two restored classics, Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” and Marilou Diaz Abaya’s “Moral,” will be showcased on April 26-27. Meanwhile, there are three Philippine films in competition at the FEFF: Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red’s “Si Chedeng at Si Apple,” Raya Martin’s “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and Loy Arcenas’ “Ang Larawan,” whose filmmakers were supported through the FDCP’s International Film Festival Assistance Program (IFFAP).

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“Through FDCP’s IFFAP, we were able to bridge Filipino filmmakers in International Film Festivals. These are a few of the opportunities that we are proud that we were able to provide to level the playing field when it comes to the Global Arena, because these films can actually deliver and can compete head on given the proper support from the government,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

Furthermore, FEFF will also feature “Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks” on April 26. Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, and renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa for “Filipino Popular Cinema.”

Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will also host a panel at the FEFF entitled “Discovering the Past: Asian Film History – Filipino Cinema during WWII” on April 27.

“I am pleased to say that The Sandaan: Philippine Centennial Talks is our way of sharing our history and our way of filmmaking to the world as we celebrate this important milestone ,” said Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018. For more information, visit the FEFF official site.

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