Philippine Embassy in Madrid participates in the 1st ASEAN Film Festival in Spain

Audience members pose for a photo after the screening of Philippine film “Mamang,” the final film screened at the 1st ASEAN Film Festival in Madrid. (Madrid PE photo)

Madrid, Spain — The Philippine Embassy in Madrid co-organized the first edition of the ASEAN Film Festival in Spain on October 2 to 6, 2019.

The festival, a non-competitive event, was jointly organized by the ASEAN Committee in Madrid, composed of the Embassies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, the Asia Film Industry in Spain and Latin America (AFIAS), and the Spain Moving Images Festival.

Press representatives ask questions during the inauguration about the films included in the ASEAN Film Festival. (Madrid PE photo)

To formally launch the film festival, a press conference and reception were held at the Indonesian Embassy on September 26. During the meeting, Indonesian Ambassador to Spain Pak Hermono, in his capacity as current chair of the ASEAN Committee in Madrid, addressed the assembled press representatives and presented the joint trailer for the films submitted by the participating embassies.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee in Madrid (ACM) Chairman, Indonesian Ambassador to Spain Pak Hermono, presents the joint trailer and line-up for the 1st ASEAN Film Festival at the press conference. (Madrid PE photo)

The ASEAN film festival was the first of its kind to be held in Spain, with ten feature-length films submitted for screening from October 2 to 6 at the Cine Estudio of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, one of Spain’s most prominent cultural institutions.

The Philippine entries to the festival included “Mamang,” 2018 directed by Denise O’Hara, and “Distance,” 2018 directed by Percival Intalan, with both being well-received by the Filipino and Spanish audiences that attended their screenings.

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