Manila Pride Fest opens in IndieSine starting October 24


The Manila Pride Fest will showcase international films that tackle lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It will be held at Robinsons Galleria's IndieSine starting Wednesday, October 24.


The Manila Pride Fest is set to exhibit movies tackling gender-related issues in the first International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Film Festival starting October 24 at Robinsons Galleria's IndieSine.

Manila Pride Fest is a non-stock and non-profit LGBT film organization led by Posh Tabor, who headed the Pink Film Festival last year. The said organization gathered around 200 full-length movies and short works from filmmakers around the world who wanted to support the event. These filmmakers were from the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the U.K. There were also films produced in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Belgium, Switzerland, and even Iran.

Tabor said, "Humingi po kami ng tulong from the filmmakers around the world to submit their films. We received around 200 films but we're showing a maximum of 40 films this year."

This year's theme is "Connecting the LGBT Community through Film and Communication." The festival is a response to the call for unity in the community regardless of beliefs, traditions, and affiliations.

Manila Pride Fest, which will run for a week, will screen the U.S. film 2 Minutes Later by Robert Gastonand the Philippine film Kanante by Rosswill Hilario for its gala night on October 24.

The film fest also allotted specific days to showcase LGBT films from other countries. On October 25, it will be Australian Pride Celebration wherein filmmakers from Australia will feature their most controversial entries to date. On the following day, Canadian films will be exhibited in the Canadian Pride Celebration, which is sponsored by the Canadian Embassy.

American Pride Celebration will be on October 27 while on October 28 all entries from other countries will be shown under the category Untold Stories: All Mixed Up. On the other hand, European, Latin, and African films will be shown on October 29.

Finally, on the last day, October 30, the Philippine Pride Celebration will take place wherein movies and short documentaries will be shown. These include Ang Lalake sa Parola directed by Jay Altarejos, Aba'y Badaf and Mader ng Ganda by award-winning documentarist Howie Severino, Babae by Sig Bernardo and Misteryo ng Hapis by Mark Dela Cruz.

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Manila Pride Fest is supported by the Quezon City Film Commission, Embassy of Canada, and Embassy of Australia. For inquiries, you may log on to www.manilapridefest.com or email manilapridefest@gmail.com and info@manilapridefest.com

Venue: IndieSine, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City

Screening schedules:

October 24 (Gala Night)

2 Minutes Later

Kanante

October 25

1:00 PM (Short Films) Outland, Ready or Not, Hollow Bones, The Omphalites

3:00 PM Tan Lines

5:00 PM (Short Films) Outland, Ready or Not, Hollow Bones, The Omphalites

7:00 PM Tan Lines

9:00 PM Tan Lines

October 26

1:00 PM Patriotic, God Only Knows

3:00 PM Patriotic, Dogme, Lonely Child

5:00 PM Patriotic, God Only Knows

7:00 PM Patriotic, Dogme, Lonely Child

9:00 PM Patriotic, God Only Knows

October 27

1:00 PM (Short Films) Gay Zombie, Back Stroke, Secrets, Signage, By The Sea

3:00 PM To Be Happy in Chile, By the Sea, Dirty Love, Secrets

5:00 PM Outing Riley

7:00 PM Tick Tock Lullaby

9:00 PM Back Soon

October 28

1:00 PM Loving Annabelle

3:00 PM Blue Print

5:00 PM Shelter Me

7:00 PM The Parricide Sessions

9:00 PM Laughing Matters...The Men

October 29

1:00 PM (Short Films) Body Image, Barman, Float, PUENTE, Scarred

3:00 PM (Short Films) No Magic Bullet, Silenced, Scarred, Barman

5:00 PM Seahorses

7:00 PM Dos Patrias Cuba Y La Noche

9:00 PM Go West

October 30 (Closing Night)

1:00 PM Saving Marriage

3:00 PM AUDIENCE CHOICE

5:00 PM Mader ng Ganda, Aba'y Badaf, Babae, Misteryo ng Hapis

7:00 PM (Closing GALA) Flowers at the Park, Ang Lalake sa Parola



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