Because of quarantine, we’ve had to miss out on so many events we were looking forward to. Fortunately for movie buffs, the fourth Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP4) does not have to be one of them. This year, PPP4 will be held online from October 31 to November 15 on FDCP Channel with a lineup full of excellent films you just can’t miss.
The films to be screened are divided into 14 different categories, so you’re sure to find a film – or several, for that matter – that you’ll want to watch. The different sections are PPP Premium Selection, Classics, PH Oscar Entries, Tribute, Romance, Youth & Family, Genre, Bahaghari, PPP Retro, Documentaries, From the Regions, PPP Short Films, Special Screenings, and CineMarya.
Last week, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) unveiled the lineup for the Premium Selection section of the film festival. This is perhaps one of the most exciting sections as these feature movies that haven’t yet been released in the Philippines or only had limited screenings that you might have missed. They also feature two classic 80’s films, “Batch ‘81” and “Brutal.”
Films included in this year’s Premium Selection are:
- “The Helper” by Joanna Bowers
- “Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids” by Vincent Soberano
- “Brutal” (restored) by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
- “Cleaners” by Glenn Barit
- “Itoshi No Irene (Come On, Irene)” by Keisuke Yoshida
- “Ang Lakaran ni Kabunyan: Kabunyan’s Journey to Liwanag” by Kidlat Tahimik
- “He Who Is Without Sin” by Jason Paul Laxamana
- “Kintsugi” by Lawrence Fajardo
- “The Highest Peak” by Arbi Barbarona
- “Batch ‘81” by Mike de Leon
You can find the full lineup of all 14 sections featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino here.
How Can I Watch?
To get passes for the virtual film festival, register on the FDCP Channel where you can stream the films when PPP4 starts.
Today (October 15, 2020) is the last day you can get a Full Run Pass for the early bird price of PHP 450. This pass will get you access to the films for the whole 16 days of the festival. After today, you can get the pass for PHP 599.
There are various types of passes for the festival that you can choose from: a Half Run Pass (PHP 299) for eight days, a Day Pass (PHP 99), and a Free Pass (for short films and public events). Starting October 16, discounts for PWDs, senior citizens, and students will also be available.
This is a great way to support the local film industry as all proceeds from the sales of festival passes will go directly to the filmmakers.