80 movies to be screened at Cinemanila 2011

The Philippines’ longest running and largest international film festival, Cinemanila, celebrates its 2011 edition with the partnership of Taguig City.

The Cinemanila International Film Festival, now on its 13th year, will once again screen 80 films from 30 different countries at Market! Market! and Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City. There will also be outdoor screenings on the lawn of High Street.

This is the second year that Cinemanila will be partnering with Taguig City, one of the most progressive cities in Metro Manila. Cinemanila’s current theme, “I ♥ Cinema. I ♥ Cinemanila,” reflects a passion for film that spans over a decade.

“For the love of cinema has been our mantra for thirteen years now,” said Founding Director Tikoy Aguiluz. “Cinemanila has been a passionate affair for us since we started in 1999. The message is clear: the Cinemanila experience has been a journey of true love for cinema.”

Aside from the usual roster of films fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and Pusan film festivals, one of the 2011 Cinemanila’s highlights is a film program called “The Beautiful Game,” which will feature films revolving around football/soccer and its beloved icons.  Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Philippine superstar Nora Aunor, and Italian master of horror Dario Argento. This year’s festival will also see the launch of the Cinemanila Moonlight Series, weekly outdoor film screenings to take place in Taguig City beginning January 2012.

“2011 marks the second year of our relationship with Taguig,” Aguiluz enthused. “It is our hope and wish that the Cinemanila International Film Festival will continue to grow with the City of Taguig so that we will be able to realize our mission to bring world cinema to the Philippines and Philippine cinema to the world.”

The 13th Cinemanila will be held from November 11 to 17, 2011 at the Market! Market! Cinemas in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. Around 50 international and local films will be screened in a span of 7 days, from the current toasts of the local indie scene to the award-winners and favorites of prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars, and master classes. For more info, or jpegs for a release, please contact [email protected] and [email protected] or go to www.cinemanila.org.ph.

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The 2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival is presented by the City of Taguig and the Cinemanila International Film Festival Foundation, together with Market! Market! Cinemas, in cooperation with Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Cinema One, Manila Bulletin, Business World, TBWA\Mangada Santiago Puno, Outpost Visual Frontier, Solid Video Corporation, Scenema Concepts International, Click the City, Pep.ph, Spot.ph, Web Philippines, Goethe Institut, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and Murray n D’Vine.

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