#EnjoyTheScene with World Premieres Film Festival 2016 which is all set to open on June 29!

The Film Development Council Philippines in cooperation with the Cinematheque Centre Manila proudly presents the third World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF)  slated from June 29 up to July 10, 2016.

The WPFF celebrates the power and magic of film by showcasing the works of film directors from across the globe. Featuring a dazzling array of human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues, the festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to reach new audiences in the Philippines, and launch their international premieres in Asia’s rapidly growing film climate.

This year, over 60 international films will be shown at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, as well as partner venues: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Greenbelt 3, the Shang Cineplex, and Uptown Cinemas. Films will be shown at a festival price of P100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise.

The Festival’s 12-day duration kicks off on June 29 – 3pm at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the Opening Film premiere of the newly restored classic, “Pagdating sa Dulo” by Ishmael Bernal. The film features the legendary actress Rita Gomez and Vic Vargas.

At 7 p.m., a variety of local and international performances will take place to give audiences a sneak peek into the films lined up for the WPFF’s newest edition.

A glimpse on what to expect with this year's World Premieres Film Festiva.

The different sections that will be featured in the festival are as follows: Main Competition, Filipino New Cinema, Intercontinental, Vietnam - Country of Honor, ASEAN Skies, Spotlight: China, and many more which I will share to you on my upcoming blogposts.

A dazzling array of international premieres featuring human narratives, cultural diversities, and social issues from around the globe. With the acclaimed foreign directors in attendance. Awards to be given by an international jury shall include the Grand Festival Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Artistic Contribution, Technical Grand Prize, and Best Ensemble Performance. 

The Main Competition Gala Premieres will take place at Shang Cineplex, Uptown Cinema and Greenbelt 3, followed by a Q&A with the Director (free admission).

There are also other events like the International Film Conference (IFC) which will happen on July 1, 11 am at Casino Español de Manila. This event if free and open to the public. IFC aims to impart global film industry perspectives to everyone from those in the Filipino film industry, to students alike.  Focused on the topic “Behind the Scenes: a 360 degree view of the film industry”, speakers includes top-tier film industry leaders from around the globe such as Katharina Böttinger (Sales and Technical Department of the European Film Market), Edgar Tejerero (President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc.), Attorney Ted Roper (partner lawyer of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP, based in Los Angeles), and Hyong-Joon Kim (Korean film producer).

Cinematique Centre Manila

Also happening on the same day is the Mini International Film Expo (IFX) at Cinematheque Centre Manila which is a spin-off to 2015’s International Film Expo (IFX), this year a Mini IFX will accompany the IFC. Featuring a short and sweet selection of the industry’s latest and greatest technologies, a select handful of exhibitors included RSVP, CMB, Arrays Technology, and Black Magic will digitally dazzle.

On July 2, there will be Director Roundtables and Q & A Panels at Cinematheque Centre Manila (ASEAN Library). A Vietnamese filmmaker will have panel discussion at 2 p.m. and a Main Competition filmmaker will have director round table discussion at 3 p.m.

One more cool thing that will happen on the duration of the festival is their outdoor screening. Outdoor screenings will bring a new cinematic experience to the festival! The outdoor courtyard within the Cinematheque complex is the perfect spot for cinema lovers to sit down and catch a flick, sipping refreshments in a more casual atmosphere than inside the darkness of the theatre.

Films to be shown include: French Silent films, environmental films in the parallel Cine Verde film section, and Filipino Classics.

Celebrate the best of international cinema this June to July !!!!

For more information, visit www.wpff.ph, email info@wpff.ph, call (02) 256 9908, or check out our official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/worldpremieresfilmfestival.

Fellow bloggers at the press launch.

To join in the social media conversation, use our official hashtags: #enjoythescene #wpff

See you at the movies!

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