In the rustic street of Kalaw in Manila emerges a new film institution called Cinematheque Centre Manila. Since it’s launching in January, it has been making efforts to bridge the gap amongst moviegoers of all ages through select movie screenings, workshops and symposiums. All these aim to raise awareness and appreciation of our and other countries’ film heritage and culture.
Now it is set for a major event this year: the World Premieres Film Festival 2016. Before we talk further about it, here are three reasons that make CCM worth visiting.
Whether you need a primer or refresher on Philippine cinema history, the Museo ng Pelikulang Pilipino can do both. Located next to Cinematheque theatre, the museum features six pioneering Filipino directors whose works have been symbolic in the development of cinema in our country.
Displayed next to larger-than-life resins of each director are personal effects and memorabilia, along with audio-visual historical biographies. Pieces of vintage analog equipment are also on display to further trace our material history of film production.
Enrich Film and Film Culture Awareness
CCM promotes awareness about local and foreign film and culture through several ways. One of which is through thematic movie screenings. Themes depend on national and international relevance and ongoing projects and partnerships with film institutions here and abroad.
It also houses a library and a classroom for broadening film literacy. The Film ASEAN Knowledge Management Centre welcomes researchers, students, filmmakers and anyone interested in the ASEAN cinema while future film professionals can use the classroom.
Some notable screenings (and their significance) that CCM has held in the past months since its inauguration includes the following:
- Digitization. The inaugural screenings featured restored classic films like Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag. Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of the Artist was reshown in February for the National Art month. Set for screening at the World Premieres is Lav Diaz’s restored film Ang Batang West Side and Ishmael Bernal’s Pagdating sa Dulo, among others.
- Rare screenings. CCM’s Filipino film choices for rare screenings include Henry Francia’s On My Way to India Consciousness, I Reached China and Gerardo de Leon’s digitized thriller 48 Oras.
- Film festivals. CCM featured works of Filipino master filmmakers from Sineng Pambansa All Master’s Edition, such as Sonata by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, Badil by Chito Rono, and Lauriana by Mel Chionglo.
- Feature length films. Joel Lamangan’s Lihis, Mario J. delos Reyes’s Bamboo Flowers, Elwood Perez’s Otso, and Jose Javier’s Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap? were also screened on February.
- Documentaries. Levi Pepper Marcelo’s Illustrated By, Teng Mangansakan’s Qiyamah, Martin Masado’s Anac Ti Pating, Lauren Sevilla Faustino’s Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok, and Ed Lejano’s Qwerty also premiered at Cinematheque theatre.
- Select foreign screenings. Moviegoers caught glimpses of foreign cultures through screening movies from Film ASEAN members, Instituto de Cervantes and select movies from Argentina, Spain, Israel, France and Italy.
- Forums. Special screenings allowed moviegoers to talk to directors and actors and actresses through question and answer, such as with actor Bembol Roco for the inaugural screening of Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.
- Tribute screenings. CCM paid tribute to Lav Diaz’s entry into Berlin International Film Festival through his film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis by showing his award-winning opus Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon in January.
Did you know that the National Film Archive’s of the Philippines now have technologies for restoring films digitally? The Golden Eye 5 Scanner and Phoenix Refine Software can make a digital copy of films from its analog elements. It makes films accessible even if the original copy has deteriorated film elements.
Newsletters from FDCP and NFAP keeps moviegoers updated by featuring news about CCM previous and upcoming movie screenings and other projects like workshops and symposiums, directors entries to prestigious national and international film festivals and the awards they have bagged. These two film institutions are spearheading the restoration of our heritage films.
World Premiers – Film Festival Philippines
This June 29 to July 10 CCM hosts the third World Premieres Film Festival, a yearly celebration of film and film culture in our country and around the globe. It features entries from three categories: Main Competition, Intercontinental and ASEAN Skies, and Filipino New Cinema.
The festival also brings the cinematic spotlight to Vietnam and China, special movie selections from Russia, ASEAN neighbors and other foreign countries. For restored classic films, the section includes Ishmael Bernal’s Pagdating sa Dulo, Gerardo de Leon’s Noli Me Tangere, Lino Brocka’s White Slavery, Kidlat Tahimik’s Turumba, Quirino “Quin” Baterna’s Ginauhaw Ako, Ginagutom Ako, Lav Diaz’s Batang West Side, and Briccio Santos’s Damortis.
All these and more you can enjoy one film at a time throughout the festival.
Enjoy the scene!