December 3, 2023
The 2023 Sundance Movie Competition Quick Movie Grand Jury Prize winner, “When You Left Me On
That Boulevard” by San Diego native, Kayla Abuda Galang is a part of the Filipino Movie Competition. Photograph credit score:

The San Diego Filipino Movie Competition, which holds a singular distinction within the Filipino cinema world, opens Tuesday as a part of Filipino American Historical past Month in October.

The fest final yr turned the most important curator and exhibitor of worldwide Filipino movies
within the U.S. In its third version, organizers have chosen 103 movies for the in-person important screenings and the Digital Cinema Selects collection, to be supplied on-line after the primary occasion’s conclusion.

Included among the many in-person movie screenings, which conclude Oct. 8, are Q&As with filmmakers, networking occasions and the Visions & Voices panel dialogue.

Screenings will happen on the The Lot Liberty Station and AMC Plaza Bonita. Full competition passes value $197, whereas particular person screenings value $12. Day passes value $30.

“We proceed to uphold and concentrate on our mission to strengthen our illustration by means of movie and to nurture Filipino tales and storytellers by means of our platform,” stated Benito Bautista, government director and co-founder of San Diego Filipino Cinema.

Featured movies embody:

  • Emmy award-winning filmmaker Michele Josue’s Nurse Unseen. The feature-length documentary highlights the historical past of Filipino nurses and explores their enormous contributions to the U.S. and international healthcare methods.
  • The centerpiece function, Looking for Kapwa, directed by Larry Daguino Lariosa and Terrence Marcotte. Winner of the Kinship Award on the 2023 DisOrient Asian American Movie Competition, the movie attracts from the pre-colonial Filipino worth referred to as kapwa, or “shared identification.”
  • A particular screening to honor the late Gloria Sevilla with Maria S. Ranillo’s function drama, Pagbalik. She was referred to as the Queen of Visayan Motion pictures within the Philippines.
  • The San Diego premiere of Tony- and Grammy- award profitable Jhett Tolentino’s debut function Asian Persuasion on the fest’s closing night time. The romantic comedy stars Hollywood actors Dante Basco and Paolo Montalban and Philippine actress KC Concepcion.

Having participation from a worldwide movie neighborhood, stated Emma Francisco
Bautista, programming director and Filipino Cinema co-founder, “signifies that we have now a treasure trove of distinctive views and tales on the market, and we want a platform like (the competition) to deal with these movie gems for the various viewers to be taught and revel in.”