Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), the Film Development Council’s (FDCP) flagship event, has been a celebration of local films in all three previous editions. During the festival, only Filipino movies are screened for a week in regular cinemas nationwide.
It has also established itself as the home to Pinoy movie top-grossers like “100 Tula Para kay Stella” (2017) and “The Day After Valentine’s” (2018) both by Jason Paul Laxamana, “The Panti Sisters” (2019) by Jun Robles Lana, and “Patay na si Hesus” by Victor Villanueva (2017.)
This year, in response to the pandemic-induced restrictions, PPP goes online and all out, with at least 145 films available for viewing via FDCPchannel.ph from October 31 to November 15.
With the theme “Sama All,” derived from the frequently used phrase “sana all,” the fourth edition of PPP brings together titles from various local film festivals such as Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival, Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Sinag Maynila Film Festival, CineFilipino Film Festival, ToFarm Film Festival, and Metro Manila Film Festival, films from various producers and regional film festivals, Sine Kabataan, and CineMarya Women’s Film Festival, all in one platform. Check the full list of films below.
The Classics section will screen cinematic gems by National Artists for Film, with the first three being restored films by the FDCP’s Philippine Film Archive:
- “White Slavery” by Lino Brocka
- “Genghis Khan” by Manuel Conde
- “Manila by Night” by Ishmael Bernal
- “Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI” by Kidlat Tahimik
- “Ang Panday” by Fernando Poe, Jr.
PH Oscar Entries include critically acclaimed films that were submitted by the Philippines to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film race.
- “Ma’ Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza
- “Verdict” by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
- “Sa Pusod ng Dagat” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
- “Saranggola” by Gil Portes
The Tribute section pays homage to departed screen legends and industry pillars.
- “Deathrow” by Joel Lamangan (for Eddie Garcia)
- “Adela” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. (for Anita Linda)
- “Insiang” by Lino Brocka (for Mona Lisa)
- “Muro-Ami” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (for Marilou Diaz-Abaya)
- “Filipinas” by Joel Lamangan (for Armida Siguion-Reyna)
- “Sonata” by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes (for Peque Gallaga)
The Romance section provides the kilig factor that is a surefire hit among Filipino audiences.
- “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” by Ice Idanan
- “Moments of Love” by Mark Reyes
- “Ulan” by Irene Villamor
- “Never Not Love You” by Antoinette Jadaone
- “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” by Joyce Bernal
- “Una Kang Naging Akin” by Laurice Guillen
- “Mga Mister ni Rosario” by Alpha Habon
Films with lighthearted or heartwarming stories, meanwhile, are part of the Youth & Family section.
- “Pepot Artista” by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.
- “Family History” by Michael V.
- “1st Sem” by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibañez
- “Edward” by Thop Nazareno
- “Dayo” by Robert Quilao
In the Genre section, there are action, horror, drama, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and historical biopic films.
- “Alpha: The Right to Kill” by Brillante Mendoza
- “Instalado” by Jason Paul Laxamana
- “Abomination” by Yam Laranas
- “Dyamper” by Mes de Guzman
- “Jose Rizal” by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
- “El Presidente” by Mark Meily
- “In Nomine Matris” by Will Fredo
The Bahaghari section features at least five LGBT-themed films.
- “Akin ang Korona” by Zig Dulay
- “Billie and Emma” by Samantha Lee
- “Ned’s Project” by Lemuel Lorca
- “Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita” by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
- “Rainbow’s Sunset” by Joel Lamangan
It’s a walk down memory lane in PPP Retro as this section contains past PPP entries.
- “Pauwi Na” by Paolo Villaluna
- “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar
- “Star na si Van Damme Stallone” by Randolph Longjas
- “Paglipay” by Zig Dulay
- “Circa” by Adolfo Alix, Jr.
In line with FDCP’s goal to push for more opportunities for Filipino documentary filmmaking, a Documentaries section is included in this year’s edition of PPP.
- “Nick and Chai” by Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez
- “Lugta Ke Tamama (Land from God)” by Kevin Piamonte
- “The Search for Weng Weng” by Andrew Leavold
- “God Bliss our Home” by Nawruz Paguidopon
- “Carving Thy Faith” by Hiyas Bagabaldo
In the From The Regions section, feature-length films show indigenous stories and unique narratives from various parts of the country.
- “Tanabata’s Wife” by Charlson Ong
- “Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong” by Mes de Guzman
- “Baboy Halas (Wailings in the Forest)” by Bagane Fiola
- “Tu Pug Imatuy” by Arbi Barbarona
- “Magkakabaung” by Jason Paul Laxamana
- “Ari: My Life with a King” by Carlo Catu
- “Salvi: Ang Pagpadayon” by TM Malones
As for this year’s edition of Sine Kabataan, the youth-oriented filmmaking competition will be focusing on project development where the selected stories and concepts will undergo a Project Lab during PPP. At the end of the Lab, projects will be pitched and the winning stories will receive a production grant to push through with their projects. For the PPP screening, Sine Kabataan short films from earlier editions will be featured in the PPP Short Films section, including the following:
- “Sa Unang Araw ng Pasukan” by Arjen Manlapig
- “Bato Bato Pik” by Lorys Plaza and Jaq Sanque
- “Kalakalaro” by Rodson Suarez
Finally, the FDCP’s CineMarya, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Philippine Commission on Women, gets its own PPP section this year. The final 12 CineMarya short films will be premiered during PPP4.
- “Dad-aan Na (Her Walks)” by Julius Lumiqued
- “Super-Able” by Arjanmar Rebeta
- “Night Shift” by Mariel Ong
- “Dalaginding na si Isang” by Nigel Santos
- “Noontime Drama” by Kim Timan and Sam Villa-Real
- “She’s Perfect” by Jochelle Casilad
- “Hakab” by Mel Aguilar-Maestro
- “Super Woman” by Angela Andres
- “Winged Dreams to the Blue Heavens” by Aimee Apostol-Escasa
- “Binakol sa Dahon” by Gary Tabanera
- “Ola” by Mijan Jumalon
- “Adira” by J.I.Hamid
Early Bird rates for the Full Run Pass, a 16-day access to Premium Selection films and events, free content, free panel sessions/workshops, calendar, and trailers, is at P450 and will be be available until October 15. Beginning October 16, it will be priced at P599. The Half Run Pass, meanwhile, is at P299 and grants access to short films library and full-length scheduled screenings for eight consecutive days. The Day Pass, available for P99, provides one-day access to short films and scheduled screenings.
A Free Pass is also available, which will allow access to the calendar and some of the festival’s free content. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) can avail of a 20% discount while students will get to enjoy a 30% discount for regular-priced passes.
For more details and updates, visit FDCP via their website and Facebook page.
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