The Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Asia Society Philippine Foundation Inc. will stage the first ever Asian Film Festival on May 17 to 21 at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4.
On its first year, the festival will feature 17 films from the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos Sri Lanka and Vietnam which were selected by their respective country’s embassies.
According to ASFPI’s Executive Director Harvey Keh, the two sponsoring organizations are optimistic that this festival would turn into an annual event, not just a five-day event but a weeklong schedule with more countries participating.
Keh said that film nowadays is used not only to educate, “but [also] to unite and hopefully create bonds of cooperation towards peace and development in this region.”
“We’d like to invite more Asian countries to take part in this film festival. I don’t think we have Middle East countries here right now, but hopefully they will also join. And together with our ASEAN neighbors like… I don’t think Malaysia and Thailand are also here. So we’d also like to get some films from them as we grow,” he said.
The Filipino films to be featured at the 1st Asian Film Festival are Halaw, directed by Sheron Dayoc and Dinig Sana Kita by Mike Sandejas.
The festival’s full screening schedule at the Shang Cineplex’s Cinema 4 are as follows:
May 17, Thursday
Dinig Sana Kita (Philippines, opening film) – 7:30 p.m.
May 18, Friday
3 DOA 3 CINTA (3 Wishes, 3 Loves, Indonesia) – 12:30 p.m.
Mua Oi La Saison des Gayaves” (The Guava House, Vietnam) – 3:00 p.m. Only Love (Laos) – 5:30 p.m.
Forever Enthralled (China) – 8:00 p.m.
May 19, Saturday
Agni Dahaya (Sri Lanka) – 12:30 p.m.
Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops, Indonesia) – 3:00 p.m.
Wanko – The Story of Me, My Family and My Dog – 5:30 p.m.
Hwang Jin Yin (South Korea) – 8:00 p.m.
May 20, Sunday
Thoung nho dong que (Nostalgia for Countryland, Vietnam) – 12:30 p.m. Eclair (Japan) – 3:00 p.m.
Speedy Scandal (South Korea) – 5:30 p.m.
The Founding of a Republic (China) – 8:00 p.m.
May 21, Monday
Glittering Day (China) – 12:30 p.m.
Deewari (Sri Lanka) – 3:00 p.m.
Jakarta Maghrib (Jakarta Twilight, Indonesia) – 5:30 p.m.
Halaw (Philippines) – 5:30 p.m.
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