The 8 official entries to this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) have just been announced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The PPP is a nationwide week-long celebration of Filipino film making, to be held on August 15-21 in cinemas across the country. During this period, foreign films will not be screened in Philippine cinemas, excluding IMAX theaters. The event is made possible through partnership with cinema houses nationwide. All 8 films will make their Philippine premier during PPP.
The PPP is now on its 2nd year. Submissions for 2018’s run numbered 22, which were eventually whittled down to the accepted 8.
According to the PPP website, in order to quality as an entry for the festival a film must satisfy the following conditions:
- The film should have themes reflective of the Filipino sensibilities culture with wide audience appeal.
- The film should have been produced from 2017-2018.
- The film must have its Philippine premiere during the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and must not have been previously shown in any platform in the country. *Films which premiered internationally are eligible.
- The film should have a minimum of 75 minutes and a maximum of 180 minutes in length.
- The film must be submitted with English subtitles.
- As a technical requirement, the film must be mixed at least 5.1 audio format or higher.
- The producer must have a distributor. A distributor can be a distribution company, or an individual or group within the production team dedicated to the distribution of the film.
- The producer must have a marketing plan ready in the event of selection.
The 8 festival finalists are: Signal Rock by Chito Rono, Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi by Jun Robles Lana, The Day After Valentine’s by Jason Paul Laxamana, Bakwit Boys by Jason Paul Laxamana, We Will Not Die Tonight by Richard Somes, Pinay Beauty by Jay Abello, Unli Life by Miko Livelo, and Madilim ang Gabi by Adolf Alix Jr.