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Once again, the Philippines has been chosen as country of focus at the prestigious Marché du Film’s Cannes Producers Network on May 15 through the 21st in Cannes, France.

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño added in an interview that it is the only Asian country to take part in the event.

LIZA DIÑO

LIZA DIÑO

Marché du Film is the world’s biggest film market held alongside the Cannes Film Festival. Part of this film market is the Cannes Producers Network, an exclusive producers-only event that brings together producers from all over the world to network with international partners and to seize opportunities for international film co-productions.
During its spotlight event for the Philippines on May 21, FDCP will present the following companies to more than 300 international partners: APT Entertainment, Inc., Globe Studios, The IdeaFirst Company, Spring Films, and TEN17P. This is with the special participation of ABS-CBN Films as guest of honor.

Producers to grace the event are Michael Tuviera for APT Entertainment, Armi Rae Cacanindin for Globe Studios, Perci Intalan for The IdeaFirst Company, Joyce Bernal for Spring Films, and Paul Soriano for TEN17P, while Enrico Santos will represent the ABS-CBN Films.

FDCP will also support these promising producers who are participating in the event with their latest projects for international co-production: Monster Jimenez from Arkeofilms, Treb Monteras from Dogzilla, Maria Madonna Tarrayo from UXS, Inc., Dan Villegas from Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, Kriz Anthony Gazmen from Black Sheep, Michaela Tadena from Media East Productions, Pamela Reyes from Create Cinema, and Arleen Cuevas from Cinematografica Films.

“Cannes is an exceptional platform for our filmmakers and film companies to share our stories to global audiences, and we can’t wait for them to collaborate with filmmakers from all over the globe and help them turn their dream film projects into reality through international co-productions,” said Diño.

The producers and production companies will be featured in the Philippines’ Marché du Film Pavilion along the Village International Riviera from May 14 to 23. They will be joined by BlackOps Studios Asia, Concept One, Epicmedia, Rocketsheep Studio, Sine Olivia Pilipinas, TBA Studios, Unitel Productions, Inc., and Visioncapture to build partnerships and network with content buyers and sellers.

FDCP participates annually in the Marché du Film and supports the Philippine delegation of the film market and the film festival. This year, FDCP hosts a Marché du Film Pavilion with the Singapore Film Commission.

LIZA (center) with Filipinos that will participate Marché du Film’s Cannes Producers Network and 2019 Cannes Film Festival

LIZA (center) with Filipinos that will participate Marché du Film’s Cannes Producers Network and 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Several Filipino filmmakers are also joining this year’s lineup 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

The 2019 Spring Films and Sine Olivia Pilipinas’ “The Halt (Ang Hupa)” will be part of Directors Fortnight. Helmed by Lav Diaz, the four hours and 36 minutes film is set in the year 2034 AD and Southeast Asia has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031.

According to Liza, Lav and lead actors Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, and Joel Lamangan are set to attend the screening.

A production between Norway (Barbosa Filmas) and Philippines (Epicmedia), “The Manila Lover” also made it to the Semaine de la Critique Cannes category, which focuses on discovering new talents, revealing first and second feature films.

The 2018 film, which is directed by Swedish-Finnish filmmaker Johanna Pyykkö, is about a middle-aged Norwegian Lars (Øyvind Brandtzæg) who met the Filipina (Angeli Bayani) he wants to share his with during a trip to the Philippines.

Also for screening under Short Film Corner (Market Screening) is “Ophelia” by Celina Mae Medina. It’s a 2018 short film about a depressed college student who seeks psychiatric help from her parents but they have other plans in mind. (With report from Stephanie Marie Bernardino)

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