The Bells of Balangiga and Escape to Manila to be pitched in the U.S.



The Film Development Council of the Philippines is organizing a Philippine film production pitching session titled “Love, War and History” at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM).

The pitch, featuring the films Escape to Manila and The Bells of Balangiga, will be held at the AFM studio on November 7 (Saturday) at 10:00am, in Santa Monica, California.

Foreign producers and distributors are expected to attend the session. FDCP hopes for an international co-production with the Philippines on both film projects.

Escape to Manila is a romantic adventure that tells the story of two Jews, Anna Cassel and Ralph Preiss, who must forget their old lives to forge new ones. They try to escape Nazi tyranny and head for the Philippines after President Manuel L. Quezon helped allow for the safe entry of Jews into the country. The script was written by writers Amado Angelo Lacuesta and American producer and screenwriter Scott Rosenfelt.

The Bells of Balangiga depicts a historical event where a nation’s pride and freedom rang out against America’s colonial presence in the idyllic tropical town of Balangiga. In the unequal battle between Krag and bolo, the brief shining moment of liberation becomes a victory that is pyrrhic—and poetic—sparking a century-old struggle to return the bells back to their rightful home. The script was written by Jose "Pete" Lacaba and placed 1st in the FDCP’s “kaSASAYan: Historical Scriptwriting contest” back in 2010.

The American Film Market (AFM) is the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. The AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed, with over 8,000 industry leaders in attendance.


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