Film festivals are vital pillars of the global film industry as it serves as an avenue for unique talents, stories, and culture to meet. However, as theaters around the world close down due to the coronavirus pandemic, international film festivals are now shifting their events online.
Adding to the list of festivals going online is the 19th edition of the Pelicula Spanish Film Festival. The film festival, brought by Instituto Cervantes de Manila together with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will run from October 3 to October 11. (Read: Netflix Premieres Award-Winning Filipino Film ‘Lingua Franca’)
During its previous years, the annual film festival usually showcases award-winning Spanish and Latin American films in Greenbelt theaters, and it’s their first time to go online since it was founded in 2002.
“We thought that we couldn’t have our friends coming to the cinemas so we started to convert the philosophy of the festival,” Javier Galvan, Instituto Cervantes de Manila director said in an interview. (Read: 4 Amazing Films By Venice Film Fest Best Director Lav Diaz)
“It is not only entertainment, but also an opportunity to create a space for the directors, promoters, actors, people in the movie industry to get together from Spain and Southeast Asia,” he added.
Pelicula Spanish Film Festival
The Pelicula Spanish Film Festival will stream eight feature films and four shorts films on their website. The shows will be for free, but with a limited time of 24 hours. (Read: 5 Must-Watch Movies Starring Elijah Canlas)
This year’s list of films includes La filla d’algú by the students of Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluña, El increíble finde menguante by John Mikel Caballero, Asamblea by Alex Montoya, and Jaulas by Nicolás Pacheco. The list also includes documentaries such as Mudar la piel by Ana Schulz and Cristóbal Fernández, El cuadro by Andrés Sanz, and El despertar de las hormigas by Antonella Sudassasi.
Shorts on the roster will be led by Filipina director Carla Pulido Ocampo’s Tokwifi which recently won the Best Film in the first Cinemalaya virtual run. The list also includes Australian director Andrew Goldsmith‘s Lost & Found, Spanish director Irene Moray’s Suc de Sindira, and Thai director Sorayos Prapapan’s Dossier of the Dossier. (Read: 3 Compelling Films by Cinemalaya Best Film Director Carla Ocampo)
During the Pelicula Spanish Film Festival, viewers can also join discussions and webinars. Schedules will be posted at Instituto Cervantes de Manila’s Facebook page.