PH Film Project Picked for Switzerland Film Co-Production Program

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FILM director Petersen Vargas’ second feature project “Some Nights I Feel Like Walking” has been selected for this year’s Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Hub program in Switzerland.

Established 17 years ago, the Open Doors Hub Program is Locarno Film Festival’s industry sidebar. Directors and producers with projects chosen for the program will be mentored and will have the opportunity to network with potential international distributors and partners. This year, the co-production platform will present eight (8) promising projects from Southeast Asia for international collaborations.

Petersen Vargas’ Some Nights I Feel Like Walking

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the country’s film agency, takes pride in the honor brought to the country by Vargas and his team.

“We are focused on encouraging our Philippine filmmakers and talents to go international now more than ever, and Locarno’s Open Doors Hub gives our filmmakers and their projects the platform to make this goal happen. We are very proud of Petersen, and we wish them all the best in looking for potential international collaborators during the program to realize his project into film,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.

Vargas’ coming-of-age debut feature “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten” won best picture at Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2016. “Some Nights I Feel Like Walking” is part of the five (5) projects that are selected for the third edition of the Southeast Asia Fiction (SEAFIC) Film Lab, an intensive script development lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers, making him the Lab’s first Filipino participant.

Petersen Vargas’ Some Nights I Feel Like Walking (2)

“Some Nights I Feel Like Walking” is co-produced by Jade Castro and Alemberg Ang. At present, the film project is in the pre-production stage.

In the Director‘s Note, Vargas said, “My second film aims at being a portrait of a nation (and of a city, homeland, people) as seen through its outskirts and shadows. To walk Manila by night is a revelatory peek into Filipino youth on the fringes of society.”

The Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Hub runs from August 7 to 13, 2019, while the 72nd Locarno Film Festival takes place from August 7 to 17, 2019. It is one of the longest running and most prestigious film festivals in the world that showcases arthouse films.


Sunshine Family (3)

THIS WEDNESDAY, Spring Films shares a family story featuring husband and wife in real life Noni Buencamino and Shamaine Centenera Buencamino with Sue Ramirez and Marco Masa.

The film shot entirely in South Korea and directed by yes, a Korean, Kim Tai Sik, features the dilemma a Pinoy family living abroad for the longest time is faced with at the time they are all set to take a vacation in the Philippines.

Said Sue, “May aksidente kasing mangyayari. May mabubundol ang Dad ko. So, sa katarantahan naming lahat eh, kung anu-ano ang magagawa namin para lang itago ang nangyari. Ang dilemma ko is kung sasabihin ko ba ang nangyari sa boyfriend ko. Na policeman!”

“The Sunshine Family” hopes to make the audience appreciate the value of what it takes to be a loving family. And what the stakes involved are.

Getting so much rave for their roles in the musical “Ang Kundiman Party”, it looks like this is Noni and Shamaine’s year to be SEEN in more projects – whether on TV, movie and the stage.

Never miss a project these great thespians do!

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