Far East Film Festival to Welcome PH Delegation in Italy; Showcases 9 PH Films and a Manila Special Section

May 02, 2022

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, APRIL 25, 2022 (Updated) — Nine Filipino films, two Filipino film projects, one Filipino series, and a delegation of filmmakers and talents, together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) are participating at the hybrid 24th Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy which opened last April 22 and will run until April 30, 2022.

The week-long jam-packed festivities at what is considered as one of the leading Asian film festivals in Europe will present a total of 72 films from 15 countries, selected from over 400 submissions.

With the UniPhilippines and FilmPhilippines Office, the FDCP is leading the PH delegation participating in six events at this year’s FEFF. 

Three Filipino films, Leonor Will Never Die by Martika Escobar, Reroute by Lawrence Fajardo, and Rabid by Erik Matti will be In Competition with 39 films from other Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea. Erik Matti’s On the Job 2: The Missing 8 is one of the 7 films to be featured on Best of Best Section in the Out of Competition category joining films from other Asian countries, Cambodia and Indonesia.

A special section, “Visions of Manila in Philippine Movies,” a dedicated retrospective of five Manila-themed films presenting the lifestyle of the city is also included in the festival program. Two of which are restored classics, Ishmael Bernal’s Manila by Night and Lino Brocka’s Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag which will be available for the Italian audience. Completing the showcase are Metro Manila by Sean Ellis, Neomanila by Mikhail Red, and Slingshot by Brillante Mendoza which are set to be screened in Cinema Visionario, Udine. A gala night for the World Premiere of Manila by Night is going to be one of the events set to highlight the Philippines. 

FDCP’s FilmPhilippines will be presenting its incentive programs to one of the leading markets exclusive to the European-Asian film market, Focus Asia. The three-day event happening in the latter part of the festival is dedicated for networking of film professionals in connecting their projects with producers, distributors, exhibitors, or festival directors. The potential co-productions and co-funding within Asia and Europe filmmaking industry are the main focus of the two events under the film market. The FDCP will be joining the “Funding News'' alongside the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and Spain’s Catalunya Film Commission (CFC). Likewise, FDCP and CFC will be participating in FocusAsia Industry Circles. Filipino producer Alemberg Ang is also set to be one of the speakers at the Plan 75 plenary at the European-Asian film market. Included in the selected projects to be pitched at Focus Asia 2022 is Joel Ruiz’s Love at 310, a short series about the different stories of love in a motel. 

In its 13th edition, Ties that Bind (TTB) Workshop selected 25 film projects for the two-part workshop created for film professionals to have comprehensive knowledge of the European and Asian film industries. Two Filipinos have joined the first half of the workshops online and will be continuing their TTB participation in-person in Italy this week. Alemberg Ang, co-producer of Picture House, an ASEAN Co-Production Fund (ACOF) grantee of FDCP’s Incentives Programs in 2021, is one of the film’s representatives of this film project which is a co-production by three countries—France, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Stelle Laguda, producer of RA 8491 or How we Recall Lost Memories in Transit directed by Austin Tan, will also be bringing her project to the second part of the workshop which will be done onsite to further her skills and connections in global cinema. TTB alumni, Bianca Balbuena, known for her produced films Fan Girl, Mina-anud, and other remarkable award-winning Filipino films, is one of the facilitators for this year’s Ties that Bind.

FEFF has tailored an education programme that cultivates the next generation of journalists—the FEFF Campus. Film student, Eunice Joyce B. Helera, was one of the ten delegates chosen to be mentored on writing about cinema. This batch of young professionals will be joining seminars and workshops that will be led by film professionals of different backgrounds.

“Asian cinema has truly so much to offer, and it makes us so proud that the Philippines has  consistently been a part of this showcase in FEFF. What the Far East Film Festival gives us is not only a platform to show the other side of the world what our stories are about and what we have to offer in terms of partnership and collaboration, but more importantly, a hopeful journey for the next generation of filmmakers from Asia. A truly powerful line-up of Filipino films and talents will be present in Udine and we all can’t wait to share them with our Italian audience,” FDCP Chairperson and CEO, Liza Diño shares.

FEFF 24 will be happening onsite and online simultaneously. A number of films will be available for worldwide screening online, while others will only be accessible within Italian borders. The complete list of films and other details on ticket-selling, availability, and schedule is updated through their website: https://www.fareastfilm.com

Below is the full line-up of the events that the Filipino delegation will be participating in at the 24th Far East Film Festival with their screening dates and details:


In Competition 

Leonor Will Never Die by Martika Escobar, 26th April, 17:00, Teatro Nuovo

Reroute by Lawrence Fajardo, 29th April, 11:15, Teatro Nuovo

Rabid by Erik Matti, 26th April, 9:00, Teatro Nuovo


Out of Competition: Best of Best 

On The Job 2: The Missing 8 by Erik Matti,  22nd April, 15:00, Teatro Nuovo


Special Section: Visions of Manila (Manila at the Movies Retrospective)

Manila by Night by Ishmael Bernal, World Premiere, 25th April, 8:30, Teatro Nuovo

Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag) by Lino Brocka, 25th April, 19:15, Cinema Visionario

Metro Manila by Sean Ellis, 26th April, 14:00, Cinema Visionario

Neomanila by Mikhail Red, 27th April, 14:00, Cinema Visionario

Slingshot by Brillante Mendoza, 28th April, 14:00, Cinema Visionario


Focus Asia

Love at 310 by Joel Ruiz


Ties that Bind 

Alemberg Ang, Daluyong Studios

Project: Picture House

Stelle Laguda, KT House Productions

Project: RA 8491 or How we Recall Lost Memories in Transit by Austin Tan


FEFF Campus

​​Eunice Joyce B. Helera, Bioslide


Philippine Events

World Premiere of Manila by Night, April 25, 8:30, Teatro Nuovo

Philippine Night, April 25, 2022, 20:00, Palazzo Kechler

FilmPhilippines at Focus Asia, April 26, 14:30, Casa della Contadinaz