by: Rohn Romulo
FIVE Filipino films will be competing and screening at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) in China.
SIFF is one of the largest film festivals in Asia and has prominently featured Filipino films in the past, with last year’s top prize, Golden Goblet, awarded to Pauwi Na by Paolo Villaluna.
This year, two (2) films will be competing at the Asian New Talent – RESPETO and Nervous Translation. These films bagged nominations in the following categories: Best Cinematographer for Dennese Victoria, Jippy Pascua of Nervous Translation; Best Scriptwriter for Shireen Seno of Nervous Tranlation, Best Director for Treb Monteras II of RESPETO; Best Actor for Abra of RESPETO; and Best Actress for Jana Agoncillo of Nervous Translation.
At the Panorama Section, Smaller and Smaller Circles by Raya Martin and I’m Drunk, I Love You by JP Habac will be screened. Raya Martin is also this year’s member of the Jury for Asian New Talent.
Finally, the Belt and Road Film Week will screen Neomanila by Mikhail Red.
“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,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.
Chairperson 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.
The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival in China runs from June 16 to June 25, 2018.