Pelicula Spanish Film Festival goes virtual

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — The 19th edition of the popular Pelicula Spanish Film Festival will go online for the first time this year.

Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in partnership with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will screen eight feature films and four shorts from October 3 to October 11, all available for 24 hours and for free.

The annual film festival, known for showcasing contemporary Spanish cinema in Greenbelt theaters, had to break its usual tradition due to the pandemic.

"We thought that we couldn't have our friends coming to the cinemas so we started to convert the philosophy of the festival," Javier Galvan, Instituto Cervantes de Manila director, told CNN Philippines' New Day on Tuesday.

"It is not only entertainment, but also an opportunity to create a space for the directors, promoters, actors, people in the movie industry to get together from Spain and Southeast Asia," he added.

The festival will open with “La filla d’algú” (2019), a film directed by students from Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluña (Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia). Other movies in this year’s lineup are “El increíble finde menguante” (The Incredible Shrinking Wknd, 2019) directed by John Mikel Caballero, comedy film "Asamblea" (Assembly, 2019) by Alex Montoya, and “Jaulas” (Cages, 2018) by Nicolás Pacheco.

There will also be documentaries such as “Mudar la piel” (The Spy Within, 2018) by Ana Schulz and Cristóbal Fernández, “El cuadro” (The Painting, 2019) by Andrés Sanz, and “El despertar de las hormigas” (The Awakening of the Ants, 2019) by Antonella Sudassasi.

Viewers may also rate their favorite film after seeing it. The Premio del Público (Audience Choice Award) will be awarded to the winning film on October 11.

Pelicula will also expand the screening of the films to Thailand and Australia on scheduled dates.

Visit the festival’s website at pelikula.es or manila.cervantes.es, or the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes for more details.