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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino to feature over 100 films Oct. 31-Nov. 15

The fourth “Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino” (PPP) will showcase 100 films online from October 31 to November 15.

PPP is an annual project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a national film agency under the Office of the President that encourages the production of quality films.

According to a Facebook post of Cinemalaya non-government foundation, PPP will screen more than 100 films online in an exclusive FDCP-sponsored platform:

Different festival passes -- Premium All-Access Pass, Half-Run Pass, and Day Pass -- will be sold to the public to access the films.

Cinemalaya said the FDCP's move aims to "sustain the Filipino film industry and support Philippine Cinema in light of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the country."

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño said, “As we face a global pandemic, I believe that the PPP will highlight the importance of coming together to support and keep the film industry alive through the continued appreciation and love of Philippine Cinema by showing classics, indies, and contemporary films.”

“Despite the limited budget, 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,” she added.

Cinemalaya said PPP Online 2020 will be a curation of films from local film festivals such as Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Metro Manila Film Festival, among others.

According to Cinemalaya, PPP will have 13 curated sections: classics, premium, documentary, romance, youth and family, genre, regional full-length, Philippine submissions to the Oscars, PPP retro, LGBT, and tributes to departed industry pillars, along with CineMarya and Sine Kabataan.

The classics section includes works by National Artists for Cinema or Film such as “Genghis Khan” (1950) by Manuel Conde; “Manila by Night” (1980) by Ishmael Bernal, and “White Slavery” (1985) by Lino Brocka.

On the other hand, the premium section will screen films that had limited release or were never released in the Philippines.

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