Asia On Screen Film Festival brings out the best of Asian cinema in its third year

Sep 12, 2016
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Manila, Philippines - Asia Society Philippines and Security Bank, together with Ayala Malls Cinemas and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, invite you to experience the biggest event for Asian cinema in Manila. Now on its 3rd year, Asia on Screen Film Festival celebrates excellence in filmmaking through the presentation of award-winning and culturally relevant films. The festival will run from September 15 – 18, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

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The festival brings the best of a broad selection of Asia Pacific cinema in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of talented actors and filmmakers. Moviegoers will be transported around the region through stories of forbidden love, to coming of age teenage dramas, to incredible stories of survival and epic historical tales. It will showcase a vibrant line-up which includes Tanna (Australia), A Tale of Three Cities (China), Ghayal Once Again (India), In the Absence of the Sun (Indonesia), Miss Hokusai (Japan), Front Line (Korea), The Journey (Malaysia), Above the Clouds (Philippines), Taklub (Philippines), 7 Letters (Singapore), Teacher’s Diary (Thailand), Heart Attack (Thailand), and On the Peaceful Peak (Vietnam). 

asia on screen film festival philippines

Asia on Screen Film Festival will kick off with a Directors Dialogue with Philippine director, Pepe Diokno (Above the Clouds) and Thai director, Nithiwat Tharatorn (Teacher’s Diary). The dialogue will focus on the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asian film markets, specifically in the Philippines and Thailand, and will delve into the directors’ personal journeys. This free forum will be on September 15, 10AM-12NN at the Asian Institute of Management.

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This year, the film fest opens with Above the Clouds. Capturing the breath-taking highlands of the Ifugao region, the film is an emotional journey towards transformation and deliverance.

Other entries explore socio-political topics through significant human experiences. Taklub, a Brillante Mendoza film, documents a family’s struggles from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that ripped through the city of Tacloban. Australia’s multi-award winning film, Tanna, is based on a true story on tribal issues, performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu. Korean film, Front Line, narrates the relationship between the North and the South through prisoners of war. 

According to Asia Society Philippines Executive Director, Suyin Liu Lee, “Asia Society Philippines presents Asia on Screen as a creative and visceral form of fulfilling its mission of fostering relationships among peoples and countries. To quote famed Asian Director, Ang Lee. “I see a movie as a way of learning about the world, about myself, and learning about my relationship with people and art.”

Asia on Screen is sponsored by Philam Life, and supported by Bubba Gump, Freyo, i-Remit, Japan Foundation, Royal Thai Embassy and The Travel Club, with special thanks to San Miguel Brewery. 

The festival is also supported by the embassies of India, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Korean Cultural Council, Filipino Indian Friendship and Cultural Society and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Media partners are ANC, Business Mirror, BusinessWorld, CNN Philippines, Expat Magazine, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Mellow 94.7, Primer Magazine, The Philippine STAR, The Standard, and Travelife. 

Tickets will be available at or on-site at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas at PHP 100 per screening. 

For more information on ASIA ON SCREEN film festival, please contact Asia Society at or call 550-2612. Stay tuned to official Facebook event page:, hashtag #AsiaOnScreen and @AsiaSocietyPH for details.

About Asia Society: 

Asia Society Philippines aims to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the West. We develop cross-sector programs that bring together individuals, companies, policymakers and other non-profits to promote collaboration and understanding of Asia across the fields of arts & culture, policy, business, and leadership. 

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