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The complete list of Film Festivals in the Philippines

All the film fests in the Philippines you should know about.

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Film festivals in the Philippines
Last updated:
06/09/2019

Cinephilia is a full-time job; festival-going a year-round affair. For cinephiles, watching as many movies (you can only see in festivals) as you can is always a priority.

But not all film festivals get the same screen time as others. The staples—Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals, QCinema, and others—aren’t easy to miss. If you are a serious moviegoer, however, you’ll find that smaller and lesser known film fests are just as worthy to attend.

Which is what brings us here: our ultimate, definitive list of film festivals in the Philippines.

We’ve scoured the internet for information on each festival so you won’t miss one this year. Note that some information isn’t completely set in stone, including dates and locations. Some fests tend to try out different venues for their programs.

Down to the very end of the post is a form which festival organizers can use to add their film festival to the list (or update an existing listing).

Here’s the complete list of film festivals in the Philippines.

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)

Jennylyn Mercado at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival

Sadly the one festival that every Filipino knows about. Sad because of its current state, which is mostly made up of controversy, corruption, and not a whole lot of great movies.

Still, it’s hard to argue against the place MMFF has in Filipino culture; December is the one month where Filipinos all go to the movies.

Metro Manila Film Festival
Every December, in theaters nationwide
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Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Cinemalaya is the premier independent film festival of the country. Each year a number of feature films, short films, and documentaries receive grants and compete for awards.

It’s the most “festival-like” entry than any other film fest on this list. If you haven’t yet, get your taste of Cinemalaya at the CCP, where I would say it is first should be experienced.

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Every August, in select theaters
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QCinema International Film Festival (QCIFF)

Taken from the 2018 QCinema International Film Festival awards night

Programmed by the local government of Quezon City, QCinema is fast becoming one of our favorite local film festivals. A huge part of it is owed to the gears that make its machinery move, which gives us cinephiles the opportunities to watch foreign gems you’d normally only be able to watch abroad.

Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention its original films. Its Circle Competition yields some of the best movies we seen on the yearly, including last year’s “Oda Sa Wala”.

QCinema International Film Festival
Every October, in Quezon City cinemas
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CinemaOne Originals Festival (C1 Originals)

Best Picture Award for “Paglisan” at the 2018 CinemaOne Originals Festival.

CinemaOne Originals is one of the more established film festivals in the country. A yearly tradition by its eponymous cable channel (owned by ABS-CBN), the fest like QCinema is known to bring many foreign titles for the local audiences to enjoy.

The local titles—which supplies the “Originals” part of its name—come from a typically diverse selection of filmmakers who aim to tell more unique stories.

CinemaOne Originals Festival
Every November, in select theaters
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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP)

Press conference for the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is an interesting festival. It’s owned and programmed by the FDCP (chaired as of this writing by Liza Diño-Seguerra) to provide Filipino moviegoers a nationwide film fest that offered more diversity in terms of the stories on offer.

The fest has been recently receiving flak for its questionable decisions when it comes to its selection of entries. I have my own qualms and frustrations about this fest, but I’m hopeful it will get its act straight. It has the power and the platform to shake things up.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Every September, in theaters nationwide
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More Filipino film festivals

There are more film festivals in the Philippines, many of which are themed (by concept, region, and language, among others).

I urge you to check these out when you can. You’d be surprised by the number of great movies you’ll discover if you just seek them out.

Cine Lokal Independent Film Festival
  • All-year fest
  • Independent films
  • Select SM Cinemas
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Piling Obrang Vidyo
  • Every January
  • Experimental film/video
  • UP Film Center – Cine Adarna
  • Facebook
Spring Film Festival
  • Every January
  • Chinese cinema
  • Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong
  • Facebook
Cine Kabalen
  • Every February
  • Kapampangan cinema
  • Holy Angel University, Angeles
  • Facebook
Cine Rehiyon
  • Every February
  • Regional feature and short films
  • Various universities and lcoations
  • Facebook
  • Website
REELive the Classics
  • Every February
  • Filipino film restorations
  • Power Plant Cinema, Makati
  • Facebook
Pelikultura CALABARZON Film Festival
  • Every February
  • Films from the CALABARZON region
  • UP Los Baños
  • Facebook
  • Website
Sinag Maynila Film Festival
CineFilipino Film Festival
Cinemansanas Film Festival
  • Every May
  • Films shot on iPhone
  • Online film fest
  • Facebook
French Film Festival
  • Every June
  • French cinema
  • Greenbelt 3, Makati / Central Square, BGC
  • Facebook
World Premieres Film Festival
  • Every June to July
  • Independent films and international titles (premieres)
  • Select theaters
  • Facebook
  • Website
Indie Un-Film Festival
  • Every July
  • Intercollegiate short films
  • College of Saint Benilde – SDA Cinema
  • Facebook
  • Website
TOFram Film Festival
Ega Sai: Japanese Film Festival
CineSB Independent Film Festival
  • Every August
  • Short films
  • College of Saint Benilde – SDA Cinema
  • Facebook
International Silent Film Festival – Manila
  • Every August
  • Silent films from various countries
  • Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong
  • Facebook
Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival
  • Every September
  • Independent films
  • UP Film Center – Cine Adarna
  • Facebook
  • Website
Cine Europa Film Festival – Manila
  • Every September to November
  • Films from countries from the European Union
  • Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong
  • Facebook
Globe Independent Film Festival
Pelicula – Pelikula Spanish Film Festival
  • Every October to December
  • Films from Spain and Latin American countries
  • Greenbelt 3, Makati
  • Facebook
  • Website
Active Vista Film Festival
  • Every November to December
  • Filipino films about human rights
  • Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong / UP Film Center – Cine Adarna
  • Facebook
  • Website
Makata Indie Film Festival
  • Every December
  • Filipino films
  • Select theaters
  • Facebook
CineKasimanwa Western Visayas Film Festival
  • Every December
  • Films from Western Visayas
  • Iloilo
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