BY: Pilar Mateo
AND everybody thought it’s not gonna happen!
But with the indefatigable “wonder woman” of FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chair Liza Diño Seguerra, it will be months of movie marathon as 170 films in different categories and genre will be served to the hungry film buffs at the PPP4.
In response to the clamor to lengthen the duration of the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), plus due to the inclusion of new titles to the lineup now totaling 170 films, and to accommodate the final fine-tuning of some works in the PPP Premium Selection section, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has extended the festival’s run from 16 days to 44 days. PPP4 will be held from October 31 to December 13.
Subscribers will get to watch more films as titles are added during peak hours and weekends, plus they will get to learn more about filmmaking and Philippine Cinema from industry experts through numerous events such as talkback sessions, panel sessions, and masterclasses.
This year’s online PPP will have a mixed format on the FDCP Channel platform (fdcpchannel.ph). The video-on-demand (VOD) streaming will be available for free for 80 short films as well as for one full-length feature: the restored version of “Anak Dalita” by National Artist for Theater and Film Lamberto V. Avellana. The free VOD streaming is available from October 31 to December 13.
Meanwhile, the rest of the full-length features will have scheduled livestream screenings in four virtual cinemas (named after the FDCP’s Cinematheque Centres). A maximum of six screenings per film was agreed upon by the producers and FDCP to minimize exposure to piracy. The paid scheduled screenings will run from November 20 to December 13.
“We are listening to our subscribers, producers, and the rest of our stakeholders in order to make the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino a more inclusive solidarity event. Aside from announcing the PPP4’s extended duration, we are also pushing forth the ‘Sama All’ spirit by offering a wide array of events to further promote Philippine Cinema, encourage more viewers to learn about the art of filmmaking, and boost the thriving PPP community,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.
PPP Short Film Showcase with ‘Anak Dalita’ Special Screening
From October 31 to December 31, the festival will have a PPP Short Film Showcase with an impressive lineup of Philippine shorts from the CineMarya Women’s Film Festival, Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition, and 21 regional film festivals.
The CineMarya Shorts Premiere will feature the 12 finalists of CineMarya, the short film lab initiative of the Department of Interior and Local Government in partnership with the FDCP, Quezon City Film Development Council, and Philippine Commission on Women.
Meanwhile, five films will be shown from FDCP’s Sine Kabataan: the winners of the previous three editions along with the Jury’s Choice and Audience Choice recipients of 2019. As for the Regional Shorts, a total of 63 films from various regional film festivals all over the Philippines will be screened to give spotlight to regional cinema.
The free screening of the restored version of Lamberto V. Avellana’s “Anak Dalita” (1956) will also be available throughout the PPP4 run in the Sandaan section. “Anak Dalita” will be screened for free to make it more accessible to the public as part of the Sagip Pelikula Advocacy Campaign of ABS-CBN in partnership with LVN Pictures, Inc.
PPP Main Feature Film Showcase
Come November 20, PPP paid subscribers can watch all the feature films in the following sections: PPP Premium Selection, Romance, Youth and Family, Classics, Pang-Oscars, Genre, Bahaghari, Tribute, Documentaries, PPP Retro, and Special Feature with the five-hour “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” by Lav Diaz.
There will be scheduled livestream screenings of the said feature films through the four PPP virtual cinemas named after the FDCP’s Cinematheque Centres in Manila, Iloilo, Davao, and Nabunturan.
As an homage to the FDCP’s arthouse cinemas that remain closed because of the pandemic, the national film agency wishes to take the Cinematheque experience and film festival atmosphere online.
With scheduled livestream screenings, subscribers can still enjoy the community experience of watching films together. Although the FDCP Channel website is accessible worldwide, the content within the platform is geo-locked to Philippine territory only.
Public and Exclusive Events at PPP4
From October 31 to December 13, free and exclusive events will be held to further the “PPP4: Sama All” spirit. Such events aim to strengthen the PPP community and promote the appreciation and love for Philippine Cinema.
The free events highlight the PPP Short Film Showcase composed of the CineMarya Shorts Premiere, Sine Kabataan, and Regional Shorts. The following are just some of the free events:
Talkback Sessions with featured shorts
PPP Panel Discussion (Remembering Yolanda and the Stories of Eastern Visayas, Bringing Regional Stories to the Big Screen, and Film Restoration)
CineMarya Specials (Women in Philippine Cinema and Women in Public Service)
CineMarya Awarding Ceremony (November 6)
There will also be the Sine Kabataan Story Development Lab from November 13 to 15 for selected filmmakers aged 18 to 30. Meanwhile, beginning November 14, Premium Festival Pass holders can access the following Exclusive Premium Events:
PPP4 Grand Virtual FanCon (November 14) – The PPP FanCon tradition continues online to bring together PPP fans and participating filmmakers and artists.
Opening Night of Main Feature Film Showcase (November 20) – Talkback with National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik for “Ang Lakaran ni Kabunyan: Kabunyan’s Journey to Liwanag”
PPP Premium Showcase Talkback Sessions with filmmakers and actors from selected Premium Selection titles
PPP Exclusive Panel Discussions (Explicit and Realistic Depiction of LGBT+ Films, Visual Storytelling for Kids, Coming-of-age Films for Young Audiences, Auteurs and Arthouse Panel, Romance Films, Dissecting a Genre Film: From Conceptualization to Audience Reception, The Cinema Experience – Nood Tayo ng Sine Panel, and Documentary Filmmaking)
PPP Masterclasses (Philippine Queer Cinema, Love to Write on Love, Intellectual Property and the Film Industry, and Musical Scoring)
PPP4 Awarding Ceremony (December 12) – for Premium Selection films, excluding the restored titles.
Replay of “Sine Sandaan: The Next 100 – Closing Celebration of the Centennial of Philippine Cinema” (December 13)
‘PPP4: Sama All!’ Subscription Options
The FDCP is offering subscriptions options that cater to all: those who want to watch films and attend events throughout the festival’s 44-day run, those who have less time to watch and join events, and those who want to access content for free.
Free Pass – Access to PPP Short Film Showcase, Special Sandaan Screening, Full List of Films, Festival Calendar, Festival Guide, and PPP Public Events
Day Pass (PHP 99) – Access to PPP Short Film Showcase, Special Sandaan Screening, Full List of Films, Festival Calendar, Festival Guide, PPP Public Events, Main Feature Film Showcase except Premium Selection titles, and Two (2) Virtual Cinematheque Screens; valid for 24 hours from the date of purchase and available on November 20 onwards
Half-Run Pass (PHP 299) – Access to PPP Short Film Showcase, Special Sandaan Screening, Full List of Films, Festival Calendar, Festival Guide, PPP Public Events, Main Feature Film Showcase except Premium Selection titles, Two (2) Virtual Cinematheque Screens; valid for 12 days from the date of purchase and available on November 20 onwards
Premium Festival Pass (PHP 599) – Access to PPP Short Film Showcase, Special Sandaan Screening, Full List of Films, Festival Calendar, Festival Guide, PPP Public Events, Main Feature Film Showcase including Premium Selection Showcase, All Virtual Cinematheque Screens, All Exclusive PPP Events (Q&A Sessions with Premium Showcase Cast and Director, Panel Sessions, Masterclasses/Lectures, Exclusive Access to PPP Grand Virtual FanCon, and 15% off on PPP Merchandise); valid for the whole festival duration *An Early Bird Rate (PHP 450) for the Premium Festival Pass is available until November 8.
The FDCP is also offering discounts on the Premium Festival Pass and Half-Run Pass — 30% for students and 20% for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs). There is also a PPP4+1 Bundle promo coming soon.
With the extension of PPP4 and the expansion of its calendar of screenings and events, the FDCP hopes to encourage more viewers and stakeholders to support the film festival that will give 100% of gross proceeds to the producers of participating full-length films.
The PPP, established in 2017, is presented by the FDCP and powered by the FDCP Channel. PPP4 is in partnership with Cocolife and supported by Glimsol Web & Digital Solutions, Team On Ground, and Dragonpay, the official payment gateway partner for PPP4. Media Partners are The Manila Times and CNN Philippines.
The Government Partners in this year’s edition of PPP are the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), and Optical Media Board (OMB).
Also supporting the PPP4 are the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, League of Cities of the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, Intramuros Administration, and the City Governments of Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Malabon, Quezon, and Makati.
SUCH a treat for everyone who loves the movies. And more! (30)