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Asia’s biggest film fest opens in Busan

People attend the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival at Busan Cinema Center in Busan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.  AP

Fireworks lit up the night sky and movie stars graced the red carpet as Asian’s biggest film festival kicked off Thursday night in the South Korean city of Busan.

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‘Metro Manila’ wins at Sundance Film Festival

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British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” wins the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance film fest which ends in Utah Saturday (Sunday Manila time), according to Filipino actor John Arcilla who attended the event.

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US$30,000 at stake in online film fest

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JUDGE Isabel Henderson (left) and judge Stefanie Walmsley

There’s beauty and power in brevity. The ongoing 180 Microcinema Festival shows that even a 180-second film can express volumes and encapsulate a range of ideas and emotions. “It’s a great challenge. It’s amazing how much you can compress in three minutes. It’s about making a visceral impact to grab the viewer’s attention. It’s an [...]

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‘Bacollywood’ to showcase the regions

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He comes from a landed family in Negros Occidental and has worked as a sugar farm manager for his father.

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Cheer Factor: SEA film fest spotlights Filipino indies

Six Filipino filmmakers lead the lineup of the Southeast Asian Film Festival, which will run at the Singapore Art Museum from March 2 to 31.

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Cheer Factor: Three for Rome

SHAMAINE Centenera-Buencamino in “Maskara” (in the Windows on Asia section)

Two veteran directors’ indie films have been invited to an Asian fest in Rome, Italy. Laurice Guillen’s “Maskara” and Joel Lamangan’s “Patikul” will be shown at the 12th Asiaticafilmmediale Film Festival, running from October 12 to 22. Also included in the lineup is Auraeus Solito’s “Busong.” Guillen said that she’s part of the international jury [...]

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Film fest becomes an extension of network wars

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‘WAR’ AT THE FILM FEST.  Networks ABS-CBN, TV 5 and GMA 7 carry on their wars at the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival as they once more field film entries this December.

Déjà vu. Like last year, the country’s top three networks—ABS-CBN, TV 5 and GMA 7—have again fielded entries to this December’s Metro Manila Film Festival, now in its 37th year. ABS-CBN collaborates with M-Zet and APT for Tony Y. Reyes’ comedy caper “Enteng ng Ina Mo,” which brings together fest crowd-drawers Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai [...]

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