Cine Filipino Film Festival kicks off on March 15

Part of our Filipino culture is how fond we are on storytelling.  Whether we are the storytellers or the listeners, we always focus our attention to these kind of things.  And now, celebrating movies that best represent the ever-evolving Filipino cinema, the CineFilipino Film Festival will have its run from March 16 to 22 in select cinemas in the metro.  Organized and led by Unitel Productions, in partnership with the MVP Group of Companies, the festival offers viewer  with more moving stories and a more diverse mix of genres.

Kwento pa rin ang Hari

With the theme “Kwento pa rin ang Hari”, the second installment features more categories including, Feature-Length, Documentaries, TV Series and Shorts under which finalists will showcase works in Short Features, Mobile and Online. CineFilipino Film Festival attendees can choose from nine Feature-Length films, five Documentaries, five TV Series and 17 films under the Shorts category – 11 Short Features, 5 Online Content and 1 Mobile Content.

The festival begins with the screening of sociopolitical drama/thriller “Whistleblower”, starring Nora Aunor and directed by Adolf Alix Jr., on March 15, 6:00 pm at Newport Cinema 4, Resorts World Manila.  The awards night will be held on March 19 at Teatrino Greenhills.

“The essence of the story will always be at the core of CineFilipino, and with this year’s various categories, moviegoers are offered a more enriching experience,” said Madonna Tarrayo, CineFilipino Film Director and Unitel Productions President and Group COO.

Movie Line-up

In the Feature-Length category alone, moviegoers can surely experience a wide array of emotions and stories. In “1st Sem”, first-time film festival directors Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez present an intensified love-hate relationship between a mother and son after the latter decides not to pursue college education in Manila. In Carla Baful’s “A Lotto Like Love”, moviegoers can expect a different kind of love story as two strangers are brought together in luck and love by a single winning lotto ticket.

Cine Filipino Festival - 1st Sem

Cine Filipino Festival – 1st Sem

Cine Filipino Festival - a lotto like love

Cine Filipino Festival – a lotto like love

Love in spite of weight issues takes center stage in Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Ang Taba Ko Kasi” while Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian” explores the richness (and reality) of Filipino superstitions. Meanwhile, Paolo Herras’ “Buhay Habangbuhay” takes on life after death and the importance of moving on and celebrating life despite seemingly bleak circumstances.

Cine Filipino Festival -ang taba ko kasi

Cine Filipino Festival – Ang Taba Ko Kasi

Cine Filipino Festival -ang tulay ng san sebastian

Cine Filipino Festival – Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian

Cine Filipino Festival - buhay habangbuhay

Cine Filipino Festival – buhay habangbuhay

A lesbian woman’s dream of becoming a mother is the subject in Lemuel Lorca’s “Ned’s Project” while Dave Fabros’ “Straight to the Heart” is filled with uniquely Filipino humor and hugot lines as it explores a situation that has surely crossed the minds of many: what happens when a gay hairdresser slips into a coma and wakes up a straight guy?

Cine Filipino Festival -ned's project

Cine Filipino Festival -ned’s project

Cine Filipino Festival -straight to the heart

Cine Filipino Festival -straight to the heart

Ice Idanan’s “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” takes the beauty of the Philippines and uses it as a dramatic backdrop for a poignant story of heartbreak and moving on. And lastly, moviegoers get the privilege of witnessing a touching story about a child with Down’s Syndrome whose dream is to become an artista in Randolph Longjas’ “Van Damme Stallone”.

Cine Filipino Festival - sakaling hindi makarating

Cine Filipino Festival – sakaling hindi makarating

Cine Filipino Festival - star na si van damme stallone

Cine Filipino Festival – Star na si Van Damme Stallone

Jury deliberations will take place on March 16, 17 and 18; winners will be recognized in CineFilipino’s Awards Night on March 19 at Teatrino Greenhills, which will be attended by the finalists, executives and the film festival’s sponsors and partners.

*Catch the Cine Filipino Film Festival on March 16 to 22 in participating cinemas: Gateway Cineplex, Festival Cinemas, Eastwood Cinemas, Robinsons Galleria Movieworld, Robinsons Manila Movieworld, Robinsons Metro East Movieworld, Newport Cinemas in Resorts World, EDSA Shangri-La Cineplex and Greenhills Theater Mall Cinema.

CineFilipino Film Festival partners are Mediaquest, TV5, Cignal, Unitel, Optima Digital, Metro Pacific Tollways, PLDT Smart Foundation and Meralco. For further information, visit the official website,

See the screening schedules here.