Three Finalists Revealed for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Year 3

Three (3) finalists of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 3 were announced by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) last March 28 at a press conference held at Gloria Maris at Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City.

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño

Three (3) selected films in the advanced stage of development or production stage and five (5) finished films or films in post-production are set to have their Philippine premiere during PPP3, which are curated by the Selection Committee assigned by FDCP and led by FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño, the Chair of the Committee. These film projects will receive a co-production fund of up to 2 million pesos, which includes 1 million pesos worth of production equipment from CMB Film Services.

PPP 3 Press Conference

The three (3) PPP finalists are Rod Marmol’s Cuddle Weather from Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, Jade Castro’s LSS (Last Song Syndrome) from Globe Studios, and Perci Intalan’s The Panti Sisters from The IdeaFirst Company, Inc.

Cuddle Weather team
From left to right: Cuddle Weather Director Rod Marmol and Producer Sarah Perez

Cuddle Weather
Director: Rod Marmol
Production Company: Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects
Logline: After realizing that prostitutes are not entitled to the best part of lovemaking, two sex workers form a screwy relationship as ‘cuddle partners’ only to realize that they want something more.

LSS team
From left to right: LSS (Last Song Syndrome) Actor Khalil Ramos, Actress Gabbi Garcia, and Director Jade Castro

LSS (Last Song Syndrome)
Cast: Khalil Ramos, Gabbi Garcia, Tuesday Vargas, Elijah Canlas, and Ben&Ben
Director: Jade Castro
Production Company: Globe Studios
Logline: SARAH and ZAK, an aspiring musician and a yearning son, find themselves in a series of almost-but-not-quite romantic encounters as they follow an uprising indie-folk band. Two struggling dreamers in their 20s discover what it means to grow up as they experience the joy and pain of love and loss accompanied by the music of Ben&Ben.

Christian Bables and Martin del Rosario
From left to right: The Panti Sisters Actors Christian Bables and Martin del Rosario

The Panti Sisters
Cast: Paolo Ballesteros, Martin del Rosario, and Christian Bables
Director: Perci Intalan
Production Company: The IdeaFirst Company
Logline: Three gay sons are called back by their estranged and terminally-ill father and given an offer they can’t refuse: a P300 million inheritance in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild.

Now on its third installment, PPP, FDCP’s flagship program, is a week-long celebration that will exclusively screen quality Filipino genre films from September 13 to 19, 2019 in all cinemas nationwide. PPP officially marks the “Sandaan,” the celebration of the 100 years of Philippine cinema. Fire and Ice Productions is a sponsor of PPP events.

FDCP is the assigned lead agency in celebrating the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation 622 Series signed last November. This was announced in honor of Jose Nepomuceno’s Dalagang Bukid, the first considered Filipino-produced and directed feature film.

Five (5) finished films that will complete PPP3’s lineup of eight (8) films will be announced in June. Film production companies still have time to submit their finished films or films in post-production until May 31, 2019.

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