The International Silent Film Festival is now on its 10th year. The festival will run from August 25 to 28 at the Shangri-la Plaza Cineplex. Ten films will be presented from nine different countries. Admission is free just come in 30 minutes before the start of each movie screening but it’s better to reserve tickets so contact these embassies/institutions:
- The Philippine-Italian Association
- The Japan Foundation Manila
- Goethe-Institut Philippines
- The Film Development Council of the Philippines
- Instituto Cervantes
- The British Council
- The Embassies of the United States of America, France and Austria).
I still can’t believe that I’ve been attending this film Festival for 10 years straight now. There’s something magical, artistic and expressive in the way the actors’ actions speak louder than their words that makes me love watching Silent Films.
The International Silent Film Festival is dedicated to the preservation and proper presentation of silent films. With 80% of silent film prints no longer in existence, the Society’s goal is to heighten public awareness to expedite silent film preservation. This is accomplished by the proper presentation of the silent film — historically, technically, and artistically.
The tenth year of the festival was formatted the same as the previous years. A full day of short and feature silent films, all are presented in the same fashion as they were released more than 70 years ago. What makes this year special? Up Dharma Down, Ely Buendia, Tago Jazz Collective, Oh Flamingo!, Basti Artadi and more will provide real-time musical score while the silent films are being presented to live audience. I think that’s pretty cool! 🙂
Every silent film screening offers a seductive glimpse into a rich museum of lost art. Rich art form that shouldn’t die. Films that were once thought long gone from view but have been found, restored and given back to audiences worldwide. If you haven’t seen a silent film, do try and see one. You’ll be surprised that you would have a deeper emotional response compare with a normal film and they’re quite inspiring too.