3rd Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino – Finalists 2019

We present the movies selected for the Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Philippines) which will take place from September 13th – 19th, in Cinemas around the Philippines.

About the festival:
The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) is a week-long celebration of Philippine Cinema where new quality genre Filipino films are screened for one (1) week in all regular cinemas nationwide. No foreign film will be screened during PPP except in specialty cinemas to give the opportunity for the whole country to celebrate its own local films. This event is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the National Cinema Association of the Philippines.

Selected Films:

Circa by Adolfo Alix Jr

Doña Atang, a once celebrated film producer from the earlier years of Filipino cinema, celebrates her one hundredth birthday. For her wish, she wants a reunion with all the actors and staff that she has worked with in the past. She is also looking for an unfinished film from one of her directors. Her grandson Michael decides to take the task of finding them. As he does, we remember the glorious years of cinema from of its workers- fragments of a colorful past filled with faded memories.

Cuddle Weather

Cuddle Weather by Rod Marmol
Cast: Sue Ramirez and RK Bagatsing

After realizing that prostitutes are not entitled to the best part of love making, two sex workers form a screwy relationship as ‘cuddle partners’ only to realize that they want something more.




G! by Dondon Santos

A series of good times, bad times, cherished bonding moments which will make them all realize the value of love, friendship, family and life.

I’m Ellenya L

I’m Ellenya L. by Boy 2 Quizon
Cast: Inigo Pascual and Maris Racal

Ellenya’s life revolves around social media just like a typical millennial; seeking validation from the online society. With aspirations of being a big influencer and vlogger, she chases her dreams by creating a persona and content with the help of her family and friends. Will Ellenya earn online fame or will she be an epic fail?




Lola Igna by Eduardo Roy Jr

Lola Igna is a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die but her neighbors are hung up on her winning the title “the oldest living grandmother in the world.” Her long lost great-great-grandson, Tim, is an aspiring Vlogger who wants to latch on to her now-famous grandma but ends up giving her a new reason to live


LSS by Jade Castro
Cast: Khalil Ramos, Gabbi Garcia, Tuesday Vargas,
Elijah Canlas, and indie folk-pop band Ben&Ben

Sara and Zak, an aspiring musician and a yearning son find themselves in a series of almost-but-not-quite romantic encounters as they follow an upcoming indie-folk band. The two are struggling dreamers in their 20s who discover what it means to grow up as they experience the joy and pain of love and loss accompanied by the music of Ben & Ben.



Open by Andoy Ranay

Rome and Ethan have been together for 14 years. He is the love her life, and she is his number one supporter. They are each other’s firsts, and to their friends, they are the perfect couple. When the two begin to feel that their relationship has gone stale, they explore the idea of going open. It’s something Ethan wants to do, and it’s the only way Rome feels she can keep her man. They agree that they are allowed to have sex with strangers, but they are not allowed to fall in love. In a relationship built over time, the two begin to “explore” expecting to salvage the exact same thing they are giving up. In the end, they learn the importance of the very thing they have been blind to — a relationship without trust will eventually crumble.



Pagbalik by Hubert Tibi and Maria S. Ranillo

A trouble OFW is forced to return home and come to terms with the family she left behind.


The Panti Sisters

The Panti Sisters by Jun Robles Lana
Cast: Paolo Ballesteros, Martin del Rosario, and Christian Bables.

Three gay sons are called back by their estranged and terminally-ill father and given an offer they can’t refuse: a P300 million inheritance in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild.

Watch me kill

Watch Me Kill by T.A. Acierto
Cast: Jay Manalo, Althea Vega, Jean Garcia, Bodjie Pascua, Junyka Santarin

A ruthless assassin’s plan is interrupted when she discovers that the man she needs to kill has more to hide than expected. Her life unravels as she must juggle her new priorities with her inner demons. Set in a world where violence rules over virtue, she must face the hardest reality — is she the real danger or the monsters that control the criminal underworld?


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