Steven Seagal to grace AIFFA 2019; 8 Pinoy films shortlisted in Malaysian film fest

by Mell T. Navarro
Apr 8, 2019
Steven Seagal (left) is expected to attend the AIFFA 2019 that will be held in Malaysia. Filipino films such as ML (upper right frame) and Signal Rock (lower right frame) are among the films shortlisted for the Malaysian film fest.
PHOTO/S: Miguel Nera (Steven Seagal)


Hollywood actor Steven Seagal will grace the 2019 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) that will take place in Malaysia.

The action star is the special guest in the AIFFA, which is a biennial competition for filmmakers from the 10 ASEAN countries.

Eight films from the Philippines were shortlisted for the said film fest. The list was released earlier today (April 8) via the AIFFA 2019 app.

AIFFA 2019 will be held from April 25-27 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

The 8 shortlisted Filipino movies are:

Signal Rock by Chito S. Rono (PPP 2018)
Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban (Cinemalaya 2017)
Kristo by Howard Yambao (Sinag Maynila 2017)
The Chanters by James Mayo (QCinema 2017)
ML (Martial Law) by Benedict Mique (Cinemalaya 2018)
Tanabata's Wife by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, Choy Pangilinan (TOFARM Film Festival Philippines 2018)
1-2-3 (Gasping for Air) by Carlo Gallen Obispo
Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan (Sinag Maynila 2017)

Now on its fourth edition, AIFFA offers awards in 17 categories covering all major aspects of the creative and technical areas of filmmaking. It culminates in a three-day event in Kuching and is attended by filmmakers from all over the world.

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Screenings of the films will be screened for free at the Old Courthouse Auditorium.

AIFFA is being participated in by the 10 ASEAN countries namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, and the Philippines.

Here is the complete list of films chosen for AIFFA 2019:

1) CROSSROADS: ONE TWO JAGA – Malaysia
2) PULANG – Malaysia
3) GUANG – Malaysia
4) PASKAL- Malaysia
5) ADIWIRAKU – Malaysia
6) SHUTTLE LIFE – Malaysia
7) RINA 2 – Brunei
8) HARI MINGGU KE-EMPAT – Brunei
9) ZOMBIEPURA – Singapore
10) WONDERBOY – Singapore
11) AVE MARYAM – Indonesia
12) 27 STEPS OF MAY – Indonesia
13) TENGKORAK – Indonesia
14) PENGABDI SETAN – Indonesia
15) BAD GENIUS – Thailand
16) SONG LANG – Vietnam
17) LIKE AN OLD HOUSE - Vietnam
18) MEMORIES OF NEW YEAR - Laos
19) THE WITCH – Cambodia
20) MI - Myanmar
21) SHWE KYAR (GOLDEN LOTUS) – Myanmar
22) BHOY INSTIK – Philippines
23) BACONAUA – Philippines
24) KRISTO – Philippines
25) THE CHANTERS - Philippines
26) ML (MARTIAL LAW) - Philippines
27) TANABATA’S WIFE – Philippines
28) 1-2-3 (GASPING FOR AIR) – Philippines
29) SIGNAL ROCK - Philippines

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Steven Seagal (left) is expected to attend the AIFFA 2019 that will be held in Malaysia. Filipino films such as ML (upper right frame) and Signal Rock (lower right frame) are among the films shortlisted for the Malaysian film fest.
PHOTO/S: Miguel Nera (Steven Seagal)
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