Since Saturday, June 16, five Filipino films are being spotlighted as these are competing and screening at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). The said event is one of the largest film festivals in Asia and has prominently featured Filipino movies in the past, with last year’s top prize—the Golden Goblet was awarded to ToFarm’s ‘Pauwi Na’ (‘Pedicab’), which was directed by Paolo Villaluna.
Alberto ‘Treb’ Monteras II’s ‘Respeto’ is nominated in the Best Director category while Raymond Abracosa a.k.a. Abra for Best Actor. The film ‘Nervous Translation’ is nominated in Best Cinematographer for Dennese Victoria, Jippy Pascua, Best Scriptwriter for Shireen Seno, and Best Actress for Jana Agoncillo.
The Panorama Section will screen ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’ by Raya Martin and ‘I’m Drunk, I Love You’ by JP Habac. Martin is also this year’s member of the Jury for Asian New Talent.
Finally, the Belt and Road Film Week will feature Mikhail Red’s ‘Neomanila’.
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra said, “It’s always thrilling to learn that these films continue to go around the world as proudly showcased in international film festivals. We wish our Filipino films the best of luck in SIFF.”
Diño herself is participating in SIFF as a speaker at the High Level Forum on the Cultural and Economic Importance of Film and the Role of Copyright hosted by the World IP Organization on June 19-20.
Meanwhile, QCinema Festival Director Ed Lejano will be a part of The Belt and Road Summit to discuss enhancing cooperation through festival programming.
There are only five films vying for the Best Film: ‘Blue Amber’ of China, directed by ZHOU ‘Jie; ‘Born Bone Bor’ of Japan, directed by Toshiyuki Teruya; ‘Dressage’ of Iran, directed by Pooya Badkoobeh; ‘Guang’ of Malaysia, directed by QUEK Shio Chuan; and ‘The Road Not Taken’ of China; directed by TANG Gaopeng.
The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival in China runs from June 16 to June 25.