April 26, 2018, 7:47 pm
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Cine Lokal starts today

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in partnership with SM Entertainment, will launch Cine Lokal today with Presidete Duterte as the guest of honor.

The launch, which will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, is the first film-related event to be attended by Duterte.  

“We are beyond honored and grateful for this show of support by no less than our President,” said FDCP chair Liza Diño.

Diño said eight commercial theaters will screen FDCP-curated independent and award-winning films. These are SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Iloilo, SM Southmall, SM Cebu, SM Bacoor, and SM Mall of Asia.

She said the appearance of Duterte reaffirms the government’s support to the development of the local cinema. 

“We are confident that Cine Lokal is just the start of the government and the film industry coming together to further cultivate a culture of film appreciation that goes beyond entertainment value. This is in line with the President’s vision of using culture and arts as key elements in nation-building, as film is a powerful medium that can instill the concept of culture and identity among Filipinos,” she said. 

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority general manager and Metro Manila Film Festival chairman Thomas Orbos expressed his full-support to FDCP’s initiative to provide independent filmmakers with a commercial venue for their films.

Orbos also said the event will provide a venue for educational discourse for the youth. 

Diño said the FDCP will screen movies with a running theme every month to further encourage discourse among the audience.

For this month, faith-based films for “Salve Pelikula” will be screened, including “Spotlight,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; “Himala” by Ishamel Bernal; “Iadya Mo Kami” by Mel Chionglo; and “Of Sinners and Saints” by Ruben Soriquez.

Salve Pelikula will run starting April 21 in Cine Lokal theaters with tickets at P120 each.
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