"Inang Yaya" is part of 17th International Women's Film Festival


Maricel Soriano (center) stars in Inang Yaya, one of the films included in this year's theme "Women Refigured—Making Choices, Creating Changes, Crossing Boundaries." Her co-stars in the film are Tala Santos (left) and Erika Oreta.


The University of the Philippines Film Institute gears up for the worldwide women's celebration for March with the 17th International Women's Film Festival slated from March 5 (Monday) to March 8 (Thursday).

This year's theme: "Women Refigured—Making Choices, Creating Changes, Crossing Boundaries."

The entries from the Philippines are the indie films Inang Yaya, Rome and Juliet, Mudraks, and the documentary feature Alyana. Other entries come from countries such as the United States, Israel, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Spain. Admission is free.

This year also marks the second time when UP Diliman hosts the Diwata Awards, an honor given to for their outstanding contributions in filmmaking. The event will take place on March 5 (Monday).

Screening schedules:

March 5 Monday

5 p.m. International Women's Short Films: Mindy (USA), Visiting Hours (Israel), Sliding Flora (Israel)

6:45 p.m. Opening Program with Diwata Awards for Women in Film and the 2nd Women's Short Film Competition

7: 30 p.m. Opening Night Film: Sevigne (Spain)

March 6 Tuesday

2 p.m. Amazones (The Netherlands)

5 p.m. Sevigne (Spain)

7 p.m. La Pasion de Maria Elena (Mexico)

March 7 Wednesday

10 a.m. onwards: Official Selection, 2nd Women's Short Film Competition

2 p.m. Women Refigured Forum with screenings of 2nd Women's Short Film Competition Winners

5 p.m. Inang Yaya (Philippines)

7 p.m. Amazones (The Netherlands)

9 p.m. La Pasion de Maria Elena (Mexico)

March 8 Thursday

2 p.m. Digital Feature: Rome and Juliet (Philippines)

4 p.m. International Women's Short Films: A Sweet Scent of Mothballs (Serbia-Montenegro), Stones Fall into a Shallowing Well (Hungary), Pangarap Ko Saluhin Mo (Philippines)

5 p.m. Digital Feature: Mudraks (Philippines)

7 p.m. Documentary Feature: Alyana (Philippines) to be preceded by the new short documentary Breaking Down the Barrier

Venue: UP Film Institute, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Free admission.


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