Cine Europa is starting off its 22nd edition differently; For the first time, the beloved film festival will open at Greenbelt 3 in Makati tomorrow, September 20, kicking off a tour that will take its 13 participating films around the Philippines.
Launched in 1998, it is the longest and most comprehensive international film festival in the country. This year, it will make stops in nine cities hosted by a variety of venues, from theatres to malls to universities. This includes a run in Bohol from October 11 to 12 as well as trips to Cebu, Leyte, and Iloilo. The festival maintains its presence in Naga and Palawan in addition to Makati and the Film Development Council of the Philippines in Kalaw, Manila.
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Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, considers the festival an influential cultural diplomacy tool. "Cine Europa is a distinctive way to showcase European diversity and to open up opportunities in the cultural and creative industries," he says.
This year, 13 movies revolving around love, friendship, faith, triumph, and courage will be presented by the Embassies of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom:
The festival opens at Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3, from September 20 to 24. It then makes stops at SM City Cebu and and SM City Iloilo; Bohol; Ateneo de Naga University and SM in Naga; Palawan State University and SM in Palawan; and Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte. The festival returns to Manila at the Film Development Council of the Philippines in November for its last leg.
The festival is presented by the EU Delegation to the Philippines and the Embassies of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Alliance Francaise in Manila, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and the Philippine-Italian Association.
Cine Europa has earned a niche among film enthusiasts in the country because of its strong collaboration with local partners including the FDCP, Ayala Malls, the Bohol provincial government, SM Corporation, the Ateneo De Naga University, the Visayas State University, the Provincial Government of Palawan, and Palawan State University.
For more information, visit the European Union's website.