For the first time ever, the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines (WPFF) is happening from June 29- July 8, 2014.
In partnership with SM Cinemas, the WPFF will showcase over 40 international films from 27 countries. Unique are the films in that this is the first time they are to be premiered in the Philippines, if not the world. A myriad of cultures represented by the films to be shown is a treat for Filipinos across the nation, as they revel in dramas, comedies, thrillers, and more… all of a different language.
At the center of the festival is the Main Competition, where 8 films are to compete for top festival awards pertaining to Best Picture honors. Following is the Cine Verde section, which also has it’s own award for “Best Environmental Feature.”
Rounding out the rest of the festival will be the Out of Competition section, an exhibition of two already acclaimed films, one a Singapore-Indian productions and the other a film from Slovenia; the Euroview sections, featuring films taken from European countries such as Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, and France; the Ibero-America section, featuring Latin films from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain; and lastly the ASEAN Skies section, featuring films taken from the ASEAN member states.
The festival kicks-off with a Red-Carpet Opening Ceremony on June 29 to be held at the One Esplanade events space and attended by the 8 Main Competition filmmakers, ambassadors, dignitaries, and other invited guests.
Gala Premieres for the 8 Main Competition films are to take place on June 30 and July 1 at the SM Megamall. In attendance for these premieres will be the films’ directors who will be presenting their films and handling a short Q&A session. These premieres are open to the public and will hopefully be represented by the international community supporting their home-grown filmmakers.
On July 2 is the festival Awards Night & Closing Ceremony to be held at the Centerstage of SM Mall of Asia. Winners will be awarded and honors bestowed prior to a special screening of the winner of the Grand Festival Prize. The awards ceremony and special screening is open to the public, on a first come first serve basis. Event proper begins at 7pm.
Beginning on July 2 until July 8 at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Sta. Mesa, and SM Manila will be the full theatrical festival run. This is the chance for Filipinos all over to catch the special crop of international films premiering in the country and experience the culture of 27 countries, all through the shared love of cinema. Screenings will be shown at regular mall admission prices. Students, upon presentation of a valid ID will be given a discount.