World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF) features the best of world cinema that fosters creative, technical talent and Independent Film Makers. Now on its 3rd year, WPFF continues to provide a unique opportunity for talented filmmakers from all over the world to converge and share their stories.
This year, over 60 international films will be shown at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, as well as partner venues: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Greenbelt 3, the Shang Cineplex, and Uptown Cinemas from June 29 to July 10. Films will be shown at a festival price of P100 at all venues, unless indicated otherwise.
I was able to watch all the entries for the Filipino New Cinema during their Gala Night (by invitation only). It’s great to hear the story behind the making of their film from the director as well as from the cast and crew of each film.
Raynier Brizuela’s “Memory Channel” stars Gerald Santos as Leo La Torre – a retired singer suffering from retrograde amnesia. He will use a method called “Memory channel” to find his past.
Three stories, one day in EDSA. An opportunistic entrepreneur (Anton, played by Hayden Kho) develops a bond with a streetkid (Ben, played by John Manalo) trying to help him to get to his business meeting in Makati, after losing his cellphone to a snatcher. A teacher (Edna, played by Sue Prado) from the province haggles with a former OFW turned taxi driver (Emong, played by Allen Dizon), whether the country should follow world standards in basic education requirements. And a snatcher (Jun, played by Aljur Abrenica) trying to reform himself with the help of a nurse (Carla, played by Kris Bernal) by trying to return what he stole. Three stories all asking the same thing: what matters most, the collective or the individual gain?
Ronaldo Bertubin’s “Ku’Te” tells the story of a teenage girl named Lenlen (played by Marielle Therese) and the emotional struggles she faces as a person with Down syndrome.
“Ringgo the Dogshooter”, by first-time director Rahyan Carlos, is a story of the journey of 3 souls heading towards healing and redemption. RINGGO (Sandino Martin) is a 16-year old boy who works as a dog-shooter (the one who assists in mating the dogs with breed — he will see to it that the private parts of the stud and bitch will be locked during the mating and no sperm will be put to waste in the process).
Curiosity, Adventure & Love weaves together 3 threads — the life of a 104-year old American orphan who journeys to the Philippines alone in 1933 at age 18, the history of the country that she has witnessed and made her home over the last century, and the insights and wisdom on life of a woman whose indomitable spirit has evoked inspiration and awe for the thousands who have known her. Sitting alone in her 250-year old Spanish colonial home, Jessie Lichauco’s poetic soul draws comfort from the ebb and flow of the mighty river outside her window and protection from an ancient Banyan Tree while sharing stories of a life guided by fate, and where her innate sense of adventure, curiosity and compassion for others knows no boundaries.
IADYA MO KAMI ( Deliver Us) written by Ricky Lee Directed by Mel Chionglo is about a journey of a wayward priest who impregnated his girlfriend.
The WPFF warmly invites all filmmakers, cinema goers, film enthusiasts, and everybody else to watch these great bodies of work by distinguished international filmmakers to celebrate and amplify the global human narrative on screen.