3 Pinoy film projects chosen at Italy film fest

Mye Mulingtapang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 09 2019 11:31 AM

MILAN, Italy - Three Filipino film projects were selected for a co-production market at the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy.

"Everybody Leaves" by Phyllis Grae Grande and "The Grandstand" by Mikhail Red were chosen among 15 titles for Focus Asia, the festival's project market dedicated to genre cinema "with convincing potential for co-production and co-financing in Europe or Asia."

Grande's coming-of-age drama tells the story of a Japanese-Filipina exchange student who searches for her father in Japan, while Red's project is loosely based on the 2010 Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis.

"The Grandstand" also received in March the Focus Asia Award at the 17th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), a prominent film-financing platforms in Asia.

Meanwhile, Keith Deligero's "Babylon" was among 10 projects selected for Ties That Bind, a program design to assist producers in Asia with potential European-Asian co-production. The short film is about 2 girls who travel back in time to assassinate a village chief.

The projects were chosen out of 95 applications by a committee made up of specialists of genre films. Filmmakers will meet up with over 200 industry professionals, including financiers and distributors, in one-on-one meetings and other activities. 

The FEFF runs from April 30 to May 2.