Two Filipino films to compete in ASEAN film festival in Bangkok


BANGKOK, Thailand – Two Filipino films – ‘Birdshot’ and ‘Singing in Graveyards’ are two of the 10 films chosen to compete in Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2017 which will run from April 27 to May 1.

Mikhail Red’s “Birdshot” will be shown on April 29 and 30 while Bradley Liew’s “Singing in the Graveyards” will be screened on April 27 and 29 at two venues – Paragon Cineplex Siam Paragon and SF World Cinema Central World in Bangkok.

“Birdshot” tells the story of a 14-year old farm girl named Maya who wanders into a protected forest in the Philippines armed with her father’s shotgun.  As she ventures into the wilderness, she mistakenly shot and killed a critically endangered and protected Philippine Eagle. As the authorities began hunting for the perpetrator, the plot thickens as more horrific events will be discovered. Pamela Reyes is producing this film.

Meanwhile, “Singing in the Graveyards” revolves around Pepe, a 68-year-old impersonator of a Filipino rock legend who lives alone on the borders of reality, imagination, and mysticism. One day, he is finally given the chance to open for the rock legend’s concert but he must do something neither of them has done before – write a love song. The film is directed by the Malaysian independent filmmaker, Bradley Liew.

According to its Facebook page, the ASEAN Film Competition, which has been organized for the very first time, is created to foster and distinguish ASEAN films in the international platform.

The two films from the Philippines competing for the ASEAN film festival will have the chance to bring home the trophy and $10,000 for the ‘Best ASEAN Film’ award. The ‘Jury Prize’ winner will bag a trophy and $5,000.

Three international film experts have been invited as jury in this prestigious film fest – Hong Hyosook, director of Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), Maggie Lee, chief of Asian film critic for Variety magazine and Tokyo International Film Festival consultant, and Japanese director Koji Fukada, Jury Prize winner for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The other films competing for the ASEAN film festival include: A YELLOW BIRD / Singapore; DEAREST SISTER / Laos; FATHER AND SON / Vietnam; IN THE FLESH / Thailand and Japan; INTERCHANGE / Malaysia; POP AYE / Singapore – Thailand; SOLO, SOLITUDE / Indonesia and TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT / Cambodia – USA – South Korea.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.