MANILA - Three of the 11 films competing in the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival in March are from the Philippines, making it the country with the most number of entries among 7 participants.
According to Film Business Asia, the three Philippine films in the competition are Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's "Huling Cha-cha ni Anita" ("Anita's Last Cha-Cha"), Jerrold Tarog's "Sana Dati" ("If Only"), and Siege Ledesma's "Shift."
A Cinema One Originals 2013 entry, "Shift" tells the story of an "unconventional relationship" between call center agent Estela (Yeng Constantino) and her gay mentor, Trevor (Felix Roco).
"Huling Cha-cha ni Anita," meanwhile, tells the story of 12-year-old Anita (Teri Malvar), who falls in love with a grown woman, Pilar (Angel Aquino).
An entry to the Cinemalaya Film Festival last year, "Sana Dati" revolves around Andrea (Lovie Poe) as she faces a romantic past on the day of her wedding.
The eight other competing entries in Osaka are two films each from South Korea and Hong Kong, and one each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Aside from the three Philippine entries, two Filipino-made comedy movies will also be screened -- Miko Livelo's "Blue Bustamante" and Leo Abaya's "Instant Mommy."
The 8th Osaka Film Festival will run from March 7 to 16.