I am glad that this nationwide film festival was organized to bring the best of the avant-garde films produced by the local film makers. The purpose of this festival was to feature Filipino films based on esthetics, artistry, originally-crafted plot, character development and underlying deep messages that provided life lessons to audience, and I honestly admit that it deserved an extension, for the Filipino audience is new to indie films and therefore needs to be given a chance to watch and appreciate them all. There was too little time to watch all these 12 films in a week. If the film festival was extended up to two to three weeks, one would be able to devor them all just as how he or she would be able to catch up with all featured indie movies last MMFF 2016. Likewise, it would have been better if the films were widely advertised, for the trailers were not shown enough on television, radio and even online back in the period. The audience would have known more of the films and would come up with a list of the PPP movies to watch if the movies were frequently promoted.
On the other side of the coin, I am further looking forward to the same kind of festival in the upcoming years. Mabuhay ang Pelikulang Pilipino (Long live Filipino Films!)!
N.B Literally translated as Filipino Film Festival (for non Filipinos), Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is a week-long celebration of exclusive screening of Filipino films nationwide. Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with local theaters, the festival ran from August 16-22, 2017.
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