The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) is a week-long film festival that celebrates local filmmakers through exclusive screening of Filipino films in all theaters nationwide. Spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), this year’s PPP coincides with the 100th year of Philippine Cinema. According to its Chairman Liza Dino, the festival is also expected to “showcase word-class films.”
PPP 2018 has eight (8) official entries this year, which is lesser than last year’s twelve (12). Chairman Dino shared that the number of official entries was reduced this year because one week is not enough for the public to be able to see 12 films. During its announcement last July, Dino also stated that in this year’s PPP, “we get to showcase more films of different and elevated genres that will not just entertain but will [also] encourage discussions among the movie-going public.”
The diverse line-up of films gives the audience a variety of choices and each film caters to a certain demographic. But why support PPP? The team behind every single film entry is composed of Filipino artists and experts, and recognizing local talents will pave the way for global recognition. Supporting the local film industry also leads to film development in the country, and as FDCP envisions it, PPP can ultimately create a thriving and sustainable Filipino film industry.
All theatres nationwide are expected to exclusively screen the PPP entries from August 15 to August 21, 2018. To guide you on all the official entries, check out the list below.
“Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi” directed by Jun Robles Lana under The Idea First Company
Norma obsessed with social media – but what happens when she discovers that she has to stay away from it?
“Bakwit Boys” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under T. Rex Entertainment
A touching musical that revolves around the story of a girl who convinces four brothers to bring back music into their lives
“Madilim Ang Gabi” directed by Adolf Alix Jr., under Deus Lux Mea Films
The political-thriller is about a couple who is caught in the middle of war on drugs while helplessly looking for their missing son
“Pinay Beauty” directed by Jay Abello under Quantum Films and Epic Media
The film explores the journey of a Filipina who wants to undergo surgery to look more caucasian
“Signal Rock” directed by Chito Roño under Cape Signal Rock (CSR) Films PH
A family drama that talks about Intoy’s struggle of keeping his family together
“The Day After Valentine’s” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana under Viva Films
Bela Padilla and JC Santos are back on the big screen to team up for this film – a love story that explores the “relationship” of a distraught man and a strong woman
“Unli Life” directed by Miko Livelo under Regal Entertainment Inc.
Benedict travels back in time to avoid a break-up
“We Will Not Die Tonight” directed by Richard Somes under Strawdogs Studio Production
An action-thriller film about a stuntwoman who accepted a deal that went wrong