Nine Filipino films will be participating in the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017, three of which are part of the main competition section.
Jerrold Tarog’s Bliss, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s Kita Kita, and Borgy Torre’s Tisay are part of the competition section and will compete with thirteen (13) other Asian films for the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent awards.
Meanwhile, Mario Cornejo’s Apocalypse Child will be featured in the In & Out of Work: Looking at Asia through the Prism of Employment Special Program.
Finally, the special program featuring new movements in film will include Samantha Lee’s Baka Bukas, Mikhail Red’s Birdshot, Mihk Vergara’s Patintero: The Legend of Meng the Loser, Bradley Liew’s Singing in Graveyards, and Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally.
Bliss is a psychological thriller starring Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, and TJ Trinidad.
Kita Kita is topbilled by Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy while Nathalie Hart and JC de Vera star in the drama film Tisay.
Apocalypse Child is a drama film set in Baler starring Sid Lucero and Annicka Dolonius.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Louise delos Reyes play lesbians in the film Baka Bukas.
Arnold Reyes and John Arcilla are some of the stars of Birdshot while
Nafa Hilario Cruz leads the young characters who are fond of the Pinoy game in Patintero.
Pepe Smith plays the lead in Singing in Graveyards, while Rhian Ramos stars in the live-action animated film Saving Sally.
“We are very proud with the incredible turnout of selected Filipino participants [of the Osaka Asian Film Fest] this year. As more of our own are featured in international festivals, they bring with them the unique voice and artistic culture of our country and it just really is a proud moment for them. We want them to know that FDCP is here to support them in any way it can,” said Liza Dino, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
FDCP will be coordinating with the Philippine Consulate in Osaka, Japan to give assistance to the Festival participants.
The Osaka Asian Film Festival will be held from March 3-12, 2017 in Osaka, Japan.
9 Filipino films included in lineup of 2017 Osaka film fest
February 23, 2017