Wednesday, September 7, 2016

3rd Asia on Screen Film Festival: Bringing the Best of Asian Cinema to Manila

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Asia Society Philippines and Security Bank, together with Ayala Malls Cinemas and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, invite you to experience the biggest event for Asian cinema in Manila. Now on its 3rd year, Asia on Screen Film Festival celebrates excellence in filmmaking through the presentation of award-winning and culturally relevant films. The festival will run from September 15 – 18, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

The festival brings the best of a broad selection of Asia Pacific cinema in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of talented actors and filmmakers. Moviegoers will be transported around the region through stories of forbidden love, to coming of age teenage dramas, to incredible stories of survival and epic historical tales.

It will showcase a vibrant line-up which includes Tanna (Australia), A Tale of Three Cities (China), Ghayal Once Again (India), In the Absence of the Sun (Indonesia), Miss Hokusai (Japan), Frontline (Korea), The Journey(Malaysia), Above the Clouds (Philippines), Taklub (Philippines), 7 Letters (Singapore), Teacher’s Diary(Thailand), Heart Attack (Thailand), and On the Peaceful Peak (Vietnam).

Asia on Screen Film Festival will kick off with a Directors’ Dialogue with Philippine director, Pepe Diokno (Above the Clouds) and Thai director, Nithiwat Tharatorn (Teacher’s Diary). The dialogue will focus on the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asian film markets, specifically in the Philippines and Thailand, and will delve into the directors’ personal journeys. This free forum will be on September 15, 10AM-12NN at the Asian Institute of Management.

This year, the film fest opens with Above the Clouds. Capturing the breath-taking highlands of the Ifugao region, the film is an emotional journey towards transformation and deliverance.

Other entries explore socio-political topics through significant human experiences. Taklub, a Brillante Mendoza film, documents a family’s struggles from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that ripped through the city of Tacloban. Australia’s multi-award winning film, Tanna, is based on a true story on tribal issues, performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu. Korean film, Front Line, narrates the relationship between the North and the South through prisoners of war.

Asia on Screen is sponsored by Philam Life, and supported by Bubba Gump, Freyo, i-Remit, Japan Foundation,Royal Thai Embassy and The Travel Club, with special thanks to San Miguel Brewery.

The festival is also supported by the embassies of India, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Korean Cultural Council and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Media partners are ANC, Business Mirror, BusinessWorld, CNN Philippines, Expat Magazine, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Mellow 94.7, Primer Magazine, The Philippine STAR, and Travelife.

Tickets will be available on-site at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas at PHP 100 per screening.

For more information on ASIA ON SCREEN film festival, please contact Asia Society at or call 550-2612. Stay tuned to the official Facebook event page: n2016, hashtag#AsiaOnScreen and @AsiaSocietyPH for more details.

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