SGIFF Celebrates Philippine Cinema

  1. As part of Singapore Media Festival’s Country of Focus initiative, the 2018 Singapore International Film Festival turns its spotlight onto the Philippines.


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The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931

Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931

Singapore Premiere / Philippines / 2017 / 115MIN / Pangasinan, Iloko

A layered historical docudrama centred on a forgotten Filipino revolutionary who led a peasant revolt against American colonialism.



Christopher Gozum founded Sine Caboloan, which produces films about the Filipino Pangasinan province from which he hails. Gozum’s films include Child of the Sun (2009) and Forever Loved (2011). The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931 won the Circle Competition NETPAC Jury Prize at QCinema International Film Festival in 2017, and premiered internationally at Rotterdam 2018.


*Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

Nervous Translation

Singapore Premiere / Philippines / 2017 / 90MIN / Filipino

A magical-realist tale of the fantastical world dreamed up by a girl left to her own devices in her Manila home.



Shireen Seno was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent her childhood. Prior to making her debut feature, Big Boy (2012), which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seno shot production stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres. Since its premiere, her second feature, Nervous Translation, has collected numerous awards internationally.


*NETPAC Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

* Asian New Talent Award – Best Script Writer, Shanghai International Film Festival 2018

*In Competition, Taipei Film Festival 2018

Season of the Devil

Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

Asian Premiere / Philippines / 2018 / 234MIN / Tagalog

Lav Diaz’s newest is a bleak and surreal musical drama set in the brutal era of martial law in the Philippines.



Lav Diaz is among the most prolific and critically acclaimed directors in Southeast Asia. His recent works include The Woman Who Left (2016), which won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) which received the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Award at Berlin International Film Festival.


*in Competition, Berlin International Film Festival 2018

*Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival 2018


World Premiere / Philippines / 2018 / 101MIN / Tagalog

The girls of St Lucia Convent are dying mysteriously—and their deaths may be related to a student suicide committed years before.



The son of Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Raymond Red, Mikhail Red has been screening his films at festivals since the age of 15. At 21, he wrote and directed his first feature, Rekorder (2013), clinching six international awards. His second feature, Birdshot (2016), became the official Filipino entry for the Oscars, and the first Filipino film to be on Netflix.

The Imminent Immanent

Baga't Diri Tuhay Ta't Pamahungpahung

Philippines / 2018 / 15MIN / Waray Waray

A rural town carries on its mundane existence, unaware that strong forces of nature are silently conspiring against it.



Carlo Francisco Manatad is a Filipino filmmaker and editor. His short films have been screened at festivals such as Cannes and Locarno. He is currently working on his first feature film.

Manilla Is Full Of Men Named Boy

Philippines, USA / 2018 / 20MIN / Tagalog, English

A man travels from the U.S. to the Philippines to attend his estranged father’s birthday party. Hoping to impress his dad, he purchases a child to pass off as his own son.



Andrew Stephen Lee is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. His thesis film, Manila is Full of Men Named Boy, premiered at the 75th Venice Film Festival.

Please Stop Talking

Wag Mo 'Kong Kausapin

International Premiere / Philippines / 2018 / 14MIN / Filipino

An animated film centered on Sixto, an elderly man who tries to repair his relationship with his estranged son, Please Stop Talking explores loneliness, regret and isolation at old age.



Josef Gacutan is a freelance filmmaker and graphic designer who likes working with mixed media collages and traditional animation.


Asian Premiere / Philippines / 2018 / 15MIN / Tagalog, English

Joy, the mother of a young girl, decides to file charges against her abusive partner after a horrific incident. But the court case adds more woes to her already troubled life.



Raymund Ribay Gutierrez is a Filipino director and screenwriter, and mentee of director Brillante Mendoza. His short films have screened at Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.