‘Magdalena’ to compete in 9th Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Philippine documentary ‘Magdalena’ will have its Asian premiere at the 9th Taiwan International Documentary Festival under the Asian Vision category.

With 432 submissions from all over Asia, fifteen films were selected to compete in this category, namely:

A Dream of Iron by PARK Kelvin Kyung-kun (South Korea/USA)
Bà nôi (grandma) by Khoa LE (Canada/Vietnam)
Barre’s Silence by Mehrdad AHMADPOUR and Morvarid PEYDA (Iran)
The Close Family by YOON Da-hee (South Korea)
Guardians of Times Lost by Diala KACHMAR (Lebanon/UAE)
Death of a Female Artist by HUANG Ming-chuan (Taiwan)
Lady of the Lake by Zaw Naing Oo (Myanmar)
The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed by OTA Shingo (Japan)
Magdalena by Anna Isabelle MATUTINA (Philippines)
Paldang by KAUH Eun-jin  (South Korea)
The Weight of Life by CHU Po-ying and Maggie LIAO (Taiwan)
Spark by HU Jie (China)
Wuchao Gate by LIN Weixin (China)
Trucker and the Fox by Arash LAHOOTI (Iran)
Yumen by John Paul SNIADECKI and  XU Routao (China/USA)

“Asian Vision” emphasizes the filmmakers’ viewpoints and independent spirits, the difference as well as the universality resulting from the different cultural backgrounds.

The festival will run from October 9-19, 2014 and the award ceremony will take place on the evening of October 16.  A cash-prize of NT$400,000 (approx. US$13,500) will be granted to the winning film of the Grand Prize of Asian Vision Competition, and NT$180,000 (approx. US$6,000) to the each winning film of the two Merit Prizes.

Magdalena is scheduled to screen on October 11 ( Sat.) at 21:00 and on October 15 (Wed.) at 20:20 with a Q&A section at SPOT Huashan, Huashan Creative Park.

For more information, visit the TIDF website: http://www.tidf.org.tw/zh-hant
You may also download the festival catalogue here: http://goo.gl/4oTtpU

PH docu competes in Taiwan

Filipino filmmaker Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Magdalena” is competing in the Asian Vision section of the Taiwan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 9 to 19. The docu, shown at the Wiesbaden (Germany) film fest last year, focuses on a traditional midwife who struggles to make ends meet and care for a pregnant daughter who’s afflicted with leukemia.

4 PH films in Laos

Four Filipino films, products of Cinema One Originals, will be featured at the 5th Luang Prabang Film Festival in Laos, set Dec. 6 to 10: Borgy Torre’s “Kabisera (The Patriarch),” Seige Ledesma’s “Shift,” Kevin Dayrit’s “Catnip” and Keith Deligero’s “Iskalawags.” The fest aims to “showcase the most compelling cinema from across Southeast Asia.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

6 PH films in French fest

Six Filipino films will be shown at the 12th Festival International Signes de Nuit in Paris, set Sept. 15 to 21, according to curator Axel Estein.

In the lineup are three documentaries—Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Magdalena,” Kiri Dalena’s “Tungkung Langit” and Adjani Arumpac’s “War Is a Tender Thing.”

These docus were produced by the filmmakers in cooperation with Goethe Institut and the French embassy in the Philippines.

The three others are shorts—Mikhail Red’s “Innocence,” Edward Salcedo’s “Kawal” and Adi Bontuyan’s “Taya.”

Estein says he picked the films for their “strong social, political, human rights and environmental” themes. Bayani San Diego Jr.