Jay Altarejos’ controversial film ‘Walang Kasarian Ang Digmang Bayan’ available on KTX this November 30

From pioneering the digital age of New Queer Cinema in the Philippines with his internationally awarded films such as Memories of Forgetting (2020), Jino to MarĪ (2019), Tale of the Lost Boys (2017), Unfriend (2014), Kasal-The Commitment (2014), The Game of Juan’s Life (2009), Antonio’s Secret (2010) – Joselito Altarejos very recently turned his advocacies …

VIVAMAX reaches 1M subscribers, announces Q4 2021 titles

In only nine months of operations, Viva’s VIVAMAX has already reached one million subscribers, a milestone that makes it the Philippines’ fastest-growing streaming platform.  Vivamax started its streaming service in the Philippines before quickly venturing to the Middle East, and Europre. Shortly followed in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Starting October, Vivamax becomes available …

QCinema International Film Festival partners with KTX for 2021 Edition

With the pandemic far from over and cinemas still closed, QCinema International Film Festival jump cuts the challenges and proceeds again with a hybrid festival.  In 2020, the festival pivoted to the new normal with a festival that featured socially distanced and by-invitation-only physical screenings coupled with online streaming.  This year, from November 26 to …

FDCP to Celebrate First Philippine Film Industry Month this September

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, AUGUST 26, 2021 — Beginning this year, the Philippines will officially celebrate and commemorate the heritage, significance, and legacy of Philippine Cinema through Philippine Film Industry Month in September, an annual month-long observation mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte. The Film Development Council of Philippines (FDCP), as the lead agency in observing Philippine Film …

‘A Love Story’ and other restored hits of Aga, Angelica and Maricel showing on Sagip Pelikula Festival

An intense romantic affair comes viewers’ way as ABS-CBN Film Restoration presents the restored version of Star Cinema’s 2007 film “A Love Story,” starring Aga Mulach, Angelica Panganiban, and Maricel Soriano, on the ongoing Sagip Pelikula Festival on KTX starting August 17 (Tuesday) at 7:30 PM.    Aga portrays the character of Ian, a real …

‘Ikaw At Ako At Ang Ending’ Review: When lost souls find love

IKAW AT AKO AT ANG ENDING (2021) ReviewDirected by Irene Villamor One thing I like about the movies of Irene Villamor is that it gets loneliness. It knows how to present the loneliness in people. And ‘Ikaw At Ako At Ang Ending’ is not an exemption. This is definitely Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles’ best …

Seashorts Film Festival Returns with an Online Run for 2021

Bringing Southeast Asian cinema to the fore, the annual Seashorts Film Festival is returning online this August 25 to September 2 with cinematic and cultural programs, exclusively on seashorts.org. Seashorts aims to showcase Southeast Asia’s stories and culture through the lens of emerging filmmaking talents and cinema from the region. This year’s festival goers can …

FDCP Holds Send-Off Press Conference for PH delegates to Locarno Film Fest

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, AUGUST 3, 2021 — As the Piazza Grande reopens in Locarno, 15 Filipino filmmakers are flying in to represent the country for this year’s Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland from August 4 to 14. One of the longest-running festivals in the world that is known as a hub for auteur cinema welcomes the …

Cinemalaya Short ‘Pugon’ director calls casting Soliman Cruz, Andrea del Rosario a blessing

Cinemalaya has been a platform for artists to show their talents and to be discovered by the mainstream media. Having a newbie star in the Cinemalaya 2021 Short Pugon, it makes one wonder how and why they got the part. “Audition. Bilang director kasi, kalahati ng trabaho mo tapos na after ng casting. And alam …

4 Things We Learned from Watching UPSTREAM’s ‘A Girl and A Guy’

At first glance, it’s easy to mistake A Girl and A Guy as a typical coming-of-age romance film sprinkled with a few risque scenes for good measure. But digging deeper into UPSTREAM’s first original film in partnership with GMovies, important stories about relationships, career, growing up, and navigating life in the middle of a pandemic were also told. Young …