Get ready for this year’s biggest film festival in the country!
All film entries will have their Philippine premiere during Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019 from September 13 to 19, 2019 in all theaters nationwide. There will be seven (7) PPP feature films and three (3) films under the Sandaan showcase in line with the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema. All the films are in line with this year’s theme, “Pamilya, Pagkakaibigan, Pag-ibig.”
COMPLETE LINEUP OF PPP 2019
PPP 2019 FEATURE ENTRIES
It was love at first sound when Adela Johnson (Sue Ramirez), an experienced prostitute, met Ram (RK Bagatsing), a newbie call boy, as they had loud paid sex separately in adjacent motel rooms. Their mentor-mentee set-up seems like a dreamy porn film until one of them begins to want more than just loveless lovemaking.
LSS (LAST SONG SYNDROME)
Sara and Zak, an aspiring musician and a yearning son find themselves in a series of almost-but-not-quite romantic encounters as they follow an upcoming indie-folk band.
THE PANTI SISTERS
Three gay sons are called back by their estranged and terminally-ill father and given an offer they can’t refuse — a Php300 million inheritance in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild.
A series of good times, bad times, cherished bonding moments which will make them all realize the value of love, friendship, family, and life.
I’M ELLENYA L.
Ellenya’s world is of a typical millenial, one that revolves around the social media. Having the dreams of becoming the next big vlogger, she ventures on creating video contents with the help of her family. Will fate pave way for Ellenya L. to achieve her dreams or will it lead her to the rocky roads of life?
Rome and Ethan have been together for 14 years. When the two begin to feel that their relationship has gone stale, they explore the idea of going open.
WATCH ME KILL
A ruthless assassin’s pplan is interrupted when she discovers that the man she needs to kill has more to hide than expected.
PPP SANDAAN SHOWCASE
Doña Atang, a once celebrated film producer from the earlier years of Filipino cinema, celebrates her one hundredth birthday. For her wish, she wants a reunion with all the actors and staff that she has worked with in the past.
Lola Igna is a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die but her neighbors are hung up on her winning the title “the oldest living grandmother in the world.” Her long lost great-great-grandson. Tim, is an aspiring vlogger who wants to latch on to her now-famous grandma but ends up giving her a new reason to live.
Rica (50s), after working abroad, comes home to stay with Choleng (85), her ageing mother, until she finds new work. She learns what her mother has done all the years when she was working abroad.
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is the flagship program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines with a promise to offer a grander week-long celebration of exclusive quality and diverse films. PPP 2019 will serve as the grand kickoff for Sandaan: One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, which will have its opening event on September 12, 2019.
“The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino this year is extra special because aside from it is a showcase of the diversity of our local films. It is also a commemoration of our historic One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema. We encourage everyone to take part in this celebration by supporting our incredible lineup of films and attending PPP 2019 events. We can’t wait for all of you to see different quality Filipino films that reflect the best that Philippine cinema offers,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.
The chosen films were announced by the PPP Selection Committee assigned by FDCP and led by Chairperson Diño. Each PPP 2019 finalist will receive up to two million-peso worth of co-production fund to support the production and marketing cost of each film entry.
In addition to feature films, short films created by young filmmakers will be screened in all cinemas nationwide during PPP 2019 under Sine Kabataan. They will receive Ten Thousand Pesos (Php10,000) and will be paired with PPP 2019 feature films. The winner of CineSpectra 2019: A Film Festival for HIV/AIDS Awareness will be announced soon and will also be shown during PPP 2019 along with its feature film counterpart.
One of the finalists is an entry by two Cebuana filmmakers, Elle Ubas and Johanna Valdez, entitled “Pinggu, Pwede Na?” It delves a depressed teenager who lets a stuffed toy penguin and a paper-filled jar decide when she’s going to end her life.
The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019 Grand Launch is presented by Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the Cinema Exhibitors Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and sponsored by CMB Film Services. Other sponsors include Fire and Ice Productions, ThinkBIT Solutions, and Sequoia Hotel with media partners Inquirer.net, InqPOP!, and Solar Entertainment.
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