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Many Filipinos are admired worldwide for their quality films, some of which have even received praise from international award-giving bodies.

A scene from 'Saving Sally' (

A scene from ‘Saving Sally’

Recently, the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MFFF) entry “Saving Sally” competed at the 35th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) under the 7th Orbit Competition.

It went up against 11 other participants namely “Children Of The Night” from Italy/Belgium, “Egomaniac” from UK, “The Eyes Of My Mother” and “Swiss Army Man” from USA, “Hidden Reserves” from Austria/Switzerland/Germany, “Holy Biker” from Brazil, “Hypersomnia” from Argentina, “Interchange” from Malaysia/Indonesia, “This Giant Papier-Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy” from New Zealand, “Split’N’Split” from Belgium, and “The Unkindness Of Ravens” from UK/USA/United Arab Emirates.

In a release posted by BIFFF on its official website, it said: “It took director Avid Liongoren more than 10 years to complete his project and the result is amazing.

“Mixing real shots with CGI animation, ‘Saving Sally’ is an inventive re-reading of the concept ‘Will they get together or not?’ Visually bluffing and incredibly poetic.”

'Seklusyon' (


BIFFF also noted the performance of Rhian Ramos in the film.

“This modern tale owes much to the magnetic presence of Rhian,” it added.

It’s Rhian’s second time at the BIFFF following one of her starrers, Yam Laranas’ “The Road,” five years ago.

Last year, “Saving Sally” took home two awards from the 42nd MMFF and these were the Best Musical Score for Pablo Pico and the Children’s Choice Award.

Meanwhile, seven Filipino films will screen at the 19th Far East Film Festival (FEFF) from April 21 to 29.
Three of the seven, Erik Matti’s “Seklusyon,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Die Beautiful” and Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Mercury Is Mine,” are competing in the festival.

“Seklusyon” bagged eight awards last year at the MMFF, while “Die Beautiful” earned four trophies there.

“Mercury Is Mine” won the Special Jury prize (full length feature film category) and Best Screenplay at Cinemalaya last year.

'Die Beautiful' (

‘Die Beautiful’

The other four Filipino films in the festival, Baby Ruth Villarama’s “Sunday Beauty Queen,” Lino Brocka’s 1982 “Cain At Abel,” Mike de Leon’s 1977 “Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising,” and Mario O’Hara’s 1976 “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” will screen in the Out Of Competition section.

“Sunday Beauty Queen” won the MMFF 2017 Best Picture plum.

The annual FEFF aims to encourage and develop the understanding and appreciation of East Asian popular filmmaking among European and Italian audiences.

Previously, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot To Kill: Boy Golden,” Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati,” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift” were also screened at the festival.

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  • affleap

    We need to support our Endo film industry who are mostly producing quality films for competition abroad and shun patronizing those greedy film producers whose agenda is profit foremost rather than quality.

  • angrycitizen

    /Sarcasm on/
    This is ridiculous! If we want to win international awards, we should show our greatest! The rest of the world will not stand a chance against our finest films, such as:

    Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers
    The Super Parental Guardians
    Shake Rattle and Roll (something something)