Filipino-created films have proven to have what it takes to penetrate international cinemas.
The likes Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’Rosa was recognized in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and veteran actress Jaclyn Jose was awarded as the best Actress that year.
Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan, a film set in the grounds of Ilocos Norte and follows the complex story of framed murderer Joaquin and wife Eliza, was recognized in the 2013 International Cinephile Society Awards.
Recently, a few other films touched with Pinoy craftsmanship made it to various London Film Festivals.
K’na The Dreamweaver, a film by Ida del Mundo, made its debut in the London’s Native Spirit Film Festival as gala film.
Set amid the backdrop of South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu, the film tells the story of K’na, a young T’boli woman who has been chosen by Fu Dalu, the spirit of the abaca, to be a Dreamweaver.
“The Philippines’ participation in the Native Spirit Film Festival is a truly meaningful way for our country to join the international community in celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages,” said ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo.
Meanwhile, two films on the trials and travails of the overseas Filipino workers were unveiled in the UK during the BFI London Film Festival on 9 to 12 October 2019.
Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca was screened at Vue West End, while Sung-A Yoon’s Overseas was screened at the ICA Cinema and BFI Southbank.
“Cinema is a powerful tool in telling the story of a country and its people,” said the envoy.
“Philippine representation in film festivals such as BFI London is an important platform for the Philippines to tell the story of its people to a global audience,” he added.
Lastly, completing this year’s official selection of 12 films for the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), UK’s biggest and most prestigious film festival celebrating Asian culture, was Joel Lamangan’s Rainbow’s Sunset.
“The inclusion of Rainbow’s Sunset in LEAFF’s Official Selection is another testament affirming Philippine excellence in cinema. We urge everyone to watch this moving story about family, love, and friendship,” Lagdameo bared.
These were just indications that Philippines is on league even with the world’s most-prominent film and award giving bodies.