Mark Your Calendars: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Is Happening in September
Just in time for 100 years of Philippine cinema!
(SPOT.ph) Fun fact: The first film directed and produced by a Filipino is Jose Nepomuceno's Dalagang Bukid, which premiered on September 12, 1919. That means 2019 marks the 100th year of Philippine cinema—and there's no better way to celebrate than to have a week-long nationwide screening of Filipino films. You might want to mark your calendars because the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is happening from September 11 to 17 in cinemas all around the country.
This is the third year of the annual film festival, but it's the first time that it'll be held in September. The 2017 and 2018 editions were held in August. Some of the notable films of the festival include Mikhail Red's critically acclaimed Birdshot, Kip Oebanda's Bar Boys, Victor Villanueva's Patay Na Si Hesus, Jun Robles Lana's Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi, and Chito S. Roño's Signal Rock. In case you didn't know, Birdshot and Signal Rock were the Philippines' entries to the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
With the great selection of previous films on top of the celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema, you can expect that the film lineup this year will be even more impressive.
For updates, log on to Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino's Facebook page.