Cinematografo Int’l Film Fest Highlights Filipino Cinema

04 Nov, 2017

The first annual Cinematografo International Film Festival is a project of the leading Filipino media and entertainment company ABS-CBN International. The film festival will be launched November 9 – 12, 2017 in San Francisco and is a new film exhibition series and networking event designed to elevate emerging and established Filipino-American and Filipino talent, films and television content on a global level.

With the mission of bringing Filipino talent to the world stage and industry, the festival and forum will be used as a platform to launch a number of new films co-financed and developed under the Cinematografo Originals banner, and to provide an incubator setting for emerging talent discoveries and the sharing of co-production resources, creative and technical support for the art, financing and international distribution of storytelling through film.

Larsen Associates' Corey Tong and Karen Larsen introduce Cinematografo International Film Festival at the official press conference | Photo: Cindy Maram

Larsen Associates’ Corey Tong and Karen Larsen introduce Cinematografo International Film Festival at the official press conference | Photo: Cindy Maram

The inaugural year of Cinematografo will be housed at the AMC DINE-IN Kabuki 8 Theatres in Japantown, San Francisco, with a four-day exhibition of screenings, panels and intimate industry networking gatherings that will feature narratives, documentaries and short films from North America, the Philippines and around the globe. As a platform for presenting and announcing new films and talent, the event will welcome filmmakers including Ramona Diaz, H.P. Mendoza, Loy Arcenas, PJ Raval and Marty Syjuco, and other international filmmakers, writers, actors and producers.

Ramona Diaz’s award-winning latest film, MOTHERLAND, will be screened, and Diaz will be honored with a retrospective of her internationally renowned documentaries including IMELDA (about the iconic Filipino politician, first lady and matriarch) and DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY (the discovery and rise of rock band Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda). Get tickets.

CIFF 2017 Festival Director Miguel Sevilla speaks at the Cinematografo Int’l Film Festival Press Conference | Photo: Cindy Maram

CIFF 2017 Festival Director Miguel Sevilla speaks at the
Cinematografo Int’l Film Festival Press Conference | Photo: Cindy Maram

H.P. Mendoza, who rose to acclaim on the U.S. independent film scene with award-winning films COLMA: THE MUSICAL, FRUIT FLY and I AM A GHOST, will also be attending, and will announce his next feature, a dark comedy currently in production in San Francisco Bay Area.

Broadway set designer, Drama Desk Award nominee and Obie Award winner Loy Arcenas will also attend to announce his new film produced under Cinematografo Originals. His pre-WW2 historical musical ANG LARAWAN (THE PORTRAIT) is also set to open the festival for its US premiere, to be graced by the lead actress Rachel Alejandro and musical composer Ryan Cayabyab. Get tickets.

Not only will the weekend-long special event be a place to showcase new filmmakers, but it also aims to attract influential, visionary Filipino, Asian-American and independent industry leaders, festival programmers and special guests who will convene in San Francisco to discuss Filipino and Asian-American talent, international perceptions of the Philippines and Filipino culture, to leverage common vision, share networks and collective resources within the Asian-American, independent and international film, television and media industries.

CIFF 2017 Executive Director John-D Lazatin shares about the upcoming Cinematografo International Film Festival | Photo: Cindy Maram

CIFF 2017 Executive Director John-D Lazatin shares about the upcoming
Cinematografo International Film Festival | Photo: Cindy Maram

Please join us for Cinematografo’s Opening Night film on November 9th, Ang Larawan (The Portrait).
(Filmmaker and lead actress in attendance)

Director Loy Arcenas, lead actress Rachel Alejandro, and composer Ryan Cayabyab are expected to be in attendance for the US premiere of Ang Larawan (The Portrait). Adapted from the musical play of the same title, Larawan is based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s three-act play “A Portrait of a Filipino as an Artist.” Set in pre-World War II in Intramuros (Old Manila), sisters Candida and Paula Marasigan, daughters of high profile painter, Don Marasigan, deal with financial hardship.after their father’s claim of an artistic drought. The film is co-presented by the Philippine Consulate General.

About Cinematografo
The festival is named after ‘Cinematografo’ — the first movie theater in the Philippines, that opened in August of 1897. From this grand establishment was born a rich heritage of celebrating films and the venue introduced Filipinos to the custom of going to the movies. The new film festival in San Francisco aims to continue this tradition wherever Filipinos may be, and intends to draw in a wider audience of Asian American and independent cinephiles and movie lovers across the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally.

About ABS-CBN International
ABS-CBN International was founded in the U.S. in April 1994. Based in Daly City, California (San Francisco Bay Area), its flagship product, The Filipino Channel (TFC), made it the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S. The company offers original Filipino content on cable, satellite, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, live events, theatricals, retail, money remittance and cargo services, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home.

About the author

Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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