Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is bringing two restored classics, Ishmael Bernal's “Himala” and Marilou Diaz Abaya’s “Moral”, to be showcased in the special restored classics featured of the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy this April 26-27, 2018. This is in celebration of the Philippines as the Country of Focus this year’s Festival and the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema.
The FDCP is leading the Philippine delegation this year which will also feature “Si Chedeng at Si Apple,” “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and “Ang Larawan" in competition whose filmmakers were also supported through the Agency's Internationa Film Festival Assistance Program (IFFAP).
Furthermore, in celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, the Festival will also feature Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks. Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa for Filipino Popular Cinema to be moderated by Mr. Max Tessier on April 26.
Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will also host a panel entitled Discovering the Past: Asian Film History - Filipino Cinema during WWII, to be introduced by Mr. Roger Garcia, Festival Director of Hong Kong International Film Festival 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.
“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,” she added.
The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018.