TO an impressive slate of 160 films, the online edition of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) has added 10 more films to its lineup bringing the total number of featured films to 170. The huge number of films, together with public demand, has also led the festival to extend its run — which kicked off on Oct. 31 — from 16 days to 44 days.
“In response to the clamor to lengthen the duration of the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino [and] the inclusion of new titles… and to accommodate the final fine-tuning of some works in the PPP Premium Selection section, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has extended the festival’s run from 16 days to 44 days,” the FDCP said in a statement.
The extension means that the PPP will now run until Dec. 13
“This is the dream,” Mary Liza B. Diño, chairman and CEO of the FDCP, said during an Oct. 28 online press conference held via Zoom.
Ms. Diño explained that when the council first had the idea of the festival, they really wanted it to feature as many films as possible — from restored film classics to genre films — and now that they have moved the festival online, the dream has come true. (READ MORE: https://www.bworldonline.com/pista-ng-pelikulang-pilipino-goes-online/)
Many of the films presented in the festival will be behind a paywall, although several events will be free to the public including the PPP Short Film Showcase, talkback sessions, and panel discussions, while the premium subscribers will get access to a virtual fan convention on Nov. 14, exclusive panel discussions, masterclasses, the awarding ceremony and more.
Film passes are priced at P99 for a day pass, P299 for a half-run pass (12-day access from Nov. 20 onwards), and the P599 Premium Festival Pass, an all-access pass valid for the entire festival duration. An early bird rate of P450 for the Festival Pass is available until Nov. 8. The festival also gives discounts to students, senior citizens, and PWD.
One-hundred percent of the gross proceeds of the festival will be given to the producers of participating full-length films. For more information and to see the full slate of films of the festival, visit fdcpchannel.ph and facebook.com/FDCPPPP. — Zsarlene B. Chua