Italian film festival opens on Nov. 14

Last year, in the framework of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and the Philippines, a selection of films from the oldest and most important film festival in the world, the Venice International Film Festival, was brought to Manila: a ‘premiere’ in the Philippines as well as in the whole ASEAN region.

Following the success of the first edition, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the Philippine Italian Association, together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Manila, are proud to present the second edition of Italian Cinema from Venice Tto Manila, a selection of movies from the Venice International Film Festival”.

The second edition of this signature Italian film festival is set to grow in size and to expand its audience reach!

Thanks to our partnership with Central Square, Ayala Malls Cinemas and FBDC, the Italian movies will be screened in Taguig, BGC, at Central Square, in High Street where the festival will open on Nov. 14 and, by the following day, in Makati, at Greenbelt 3 and in Quezon City, at U.P. Town Center.

The nine movies that will be screened participated in the 74th Venice International Film Festival: Ammore e malavita (2017), Una famiglia (2017), Hannah (2017), The Leisure Seeker (2017), Il colore nascosto delle cose (2017), Brutti e cattivi (2017), Gatta Cenerentola (2017), Il deserto rosso (1964), Novecento (1976).

All these films will be scheduled in the three cities and will be accessible at the discounted price of P150.


Another feature of this signature festival is the launching of an educational component: three Italian film experts will hold a series of master classes at the  UP Film Institute, School of Design and Arts of Saint Benilde (Digital Filmmaking program) and Cinematheque of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Lastly, within the framework of this event, a Production Tour is being organized with the objective of strengthening the Philippine-Italian film industry ties. With the support of the European-Philippine Business Network, an Italian independent producer will visit six local production houses with the intent of exploring possible co-operations.

Italian Cinema from Venice to Manila will be a unique opportunity for film lovers of all ages to appreciate the best of Italian films selected by the oldest and among the most authoritative film festivals in the world.

The great Italian director, Federico Fellini, once said:,“Un linguaggio diverso è una diversa visione della vita” (A different language is a different way of seeing life). We firmly believe in this and, through the language of cinema as well as the language of Italy, we are committed to give our festival goers this wonderful opportunity to see life through Italian eyes.

Italian Cinema from Venice to Manila is made possible by the generous support of our Gold Sponsors: Rustan’s, SSI, EastWest Priority; our Silver sponsors: Elburg, L’Opera (Italian Restaurant), Solid Video Corporation; and our sponsors: Ponte di Rialto ristorante italiano, China Bank, Don Revy, Rina Academy, Augustea, Fedrigoni and Canon.

Our media partners: ANC, Crossover 105.1, Synopsys, and our venue partners: Central Square, Ayala malls cinema, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

The Educational component and the Production tour is made possible by the generous contribution of the European Philippine Business Network (EPBN) and the partnership with AIC (Associazione Italiana Autori della Fotografia Cinematografica) and ACMF (Associazione Italiana Compositori Musica per Film).

For more information, please contact:

Philippine-Italian Association