San Francisco, FACINE 25, the 25th annual filipino international cine festival opens with Arnel Barbarona’s TU PUG IMATUY [the right to kill], hard-hitting drama on the indigenous Filipino community or “lumad” caught in militarization, on October 19, Friday at 7 pm and will close with the Shanghai International Filmfest Best Feature film of 2017, Paolo Villaluna’s PAUWI NA [lit. going home; international title: Pedicab], a return-to-home tale of an impoverished Filipino family, on October 21, Sunday at 7 p.m.

The festival organized by the Filipino Arts & Cinema International and co-sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, PAWA, the Filipino American Center at San Francisco Main Library, The Filipino Channel (TFC) and, opens with the Short Films competition on October 18 at the San Francisco Main Library, and the Main Competition on October 19-21 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 – 16th Street, San Francisco.

The annual festival, the longest-running event in the US, has been the premier showcase of new works and Filipino film classics in the United States for the past 25 years. It is organized by FACINE, a not-for-profit media arts organization based in San Francisco that aims to advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.

This year’s festival highlights include juried competition among 9 feature-length and 39 short films and the launching of two new programs: cineSuri: Critical Essay Writing on Filipino Cinema and SALIN-CINE: Isang Pagtutunghay sa Larangan ng Pagsalin sa Pelikulang Filipino [Translating Film: An Introductory Look at the Art and Practice of Subtitling/Translation in Filipino Film which constitute FACINE’s three-year celebration of the Centenary of Filipino Cinema, 2017-2019.

FACINE 25 roster of festival honorees include Gawad Gintong Ani [gold harvest], a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to multi-media actor and performer, the late Bernardo Bernardo, the Gawad Pilakula [silver honors], an award for a Filipino film artist in diaspora, to filmmaker H.P. Mendoza, Gawad Lingap SIning [art-nurturing award] to ANIMAHENASYON, the annual animation film festival in the Philippines and the Gawad Sulong, Sine [forward, film] to archivist, critic and film preservationist, Jojo de Vera
Community partners include FAAE/Pistahan, the San Francisco Philippine Consulate, Marriott Hotel-Union Square, Isomer Media, Positively Filipino, the International Southeast Asian Film Festival and UNDSCVRD-SF.

A wide array of new works by filmmakers from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora on varying subjects and genre will be presented in different programs.

For more information and full program schedule, please see website: For further information, email: or text: 415-410-9566 or tickets purchase, check website: or, festival passes and group rates available.


Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. OPENING FILM:
TU PUG IMATUY [right to kill], Red Motion Media, In Manobo with English subtitles, 90 min, 2017, Directed by Arnel Barbarona, Written by Arnel Mardoquio; Stars Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, Jamee Rivera
Tu Pug Imatuy follows Lumad couple Obunay and Dawin who are uprooted from their traditional way of life after a military encounter.
Sinag Maynila 2017 Best Director, Actress, Screenplay, Cinematography, Music
FAMAS 2018 Grand Jury Prize Best Picture, Best Director
Gawad Urian 2018 Best Director

9:00 p.m. BOMBA [the bomb] ATD Entertainment, Heaven’s Best Entertainment, Crowning Glory Movie Equipment Services, In Tagalog with English subtitles, 95 min, 2017
Directed and written by Ralston Jover, story by Dennis Evangelista
Stars Allen Dizon, Angeli Nicole Sanoy
Pipo makes ends meet by taking on the toughest jobs. Life is more difficult because he’s deaf, supporting himself and his teenage lover.
Sinag Maynila 2018 Best Direction, Cinematography, Actor, Actress
Warsaw International Film Festival 2017, Special Jury Prize, Lead Actor, Actress

Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:00 p.m. TALE OF THE LOST BOYS GagaooLala, Portico Productions, Beyond the Box, Outpost, Soundbite, Ticao Altamar Boutique Resort, In English and in Tagalog and Atayal (indigenous Taiwanese) with English subtitles, 83 min, 2017
Directed by Joselito Altarejos, Written by May de los Santos
Stars Oliver Aquino, Soda Voyu
A story about an unexpected connection between a Filipino and a Taiwanese aborigine who are both in search of their identities.
Sinag Maynila 2018 Best Picture, Screenplay
Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival (Romania) 2017 Best Feature Film

4:30 p.m. MEET ME IN ST. GALLEN, Spring Films, Viva Films, In English and in Tagalog with English subtitles, 94 min, 2018
Directed and written by Irene Emma Villamor
Stars Carlo Aquino, Bela Padilla
Celeste (Bela Padilla) assumes the name “Katy Perry” whenever she hangs out at coffee shops, meets Jesse (Carlo Aquino), as in those of the American romantic-comedy drama film Celeste and Jesse Forever. Their time spent together ends up on a one-night stand and will reunite sometime, somewhere.

7:00 p.m. ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA [the family that does not weep]
Cinemalaya, Cinelarga, Sampay Bakod, Sharon Cuneta, In Tagalog with English subtitles, 105 min, 2017
Directed and written by Mes de Guzman
Stars Sharon Cuneta, Nino Muhlach
A lonesome and alcoholic woman attempts to fulfill a local legend about the Family That Doesn’t Weep with the help of her nanny and her nanny’s uncle in the hopes of reuniting her own estranged family.

9:30 p.m. MELODRAMA/RANDOM/MELBOURNE, In English, 81 min, 2018
Directed and produced by Matthew Victor Pastor
Written by Celina Yuen and Matthew Victor Pastor
Stars Celina Yuen, Kristen Condon, Matt Furlani, Gregory Pakis, etc
A feminist documentarian, a pick up artist and a virgin’s lives collide. Blood will be shed on neon-lit streets of Melbourne.
Sinag Maynila 2018 Best Musical Score

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. 2 COOL 2 BE 4GOTTEN, CinemaOne Originals, VY/AC Productions
In English and in Tagalog, Kapampangan with English subtitles, 95 min, 2016
Directed by Petersen Vargas; Written by Jason Paul Laxamana
Stars Khalil Ramos, Jameson Blake, Ethan Salvador
A coming-of-age story of a friendless and smart high school sophomore, who lives in post-lahar Pampanga in the late 1990s; His life takes a turn after the two new half-American students, the Snyder brothers, transfer to his school.
CinemaOne Originals 2016 Best Film
Young Critics Circle 2017 Best First Feature
32nd Lovers Film Festival, Torino, Audience Choice award

4:30 p.m. KITA KITA [I see you], Spring Films, Viva Films, In English and in Tagalog and Japanese with English subtitles, 95 min, 2017
Directed and written by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Stars Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy Marquez
A blind woman falls in love with a man who uses kindness and humor to make a connection with her.

7:00 p.m. CLOSING FILM
PAUWI NA [lit. going home; International title: Pedicab], ToFarm Film festival, Ellen Ramos (producers), In Tagalog with English subtitles, 124 min, 2016
Directed by Paolo Villaluna, Written by Ellen Ramos
Stars Cherry Pie Picache, Bembol Roco, Chai Fonacier
The film follows an ailing man, a thief, a dog, a blind pregnant woman and Jesus Christ while the family goes through a tragi-comic journey of self-discovery as they decide to pedal their way from Manila to Bicol.
Film Academy of the Philippines awards 2017, Best Actor, Actress
Star Awards 2017 Indie Film Movie Score
Shanghai International Film festival 2017 Best Feature Film

Awarding of Special Honors to Bernardo Bernardo, H. P. Mendoza, Animahenasyon; Winners in the Full-length and Short Films Competition, cineSuri: critical essay writing competition on Filipino cinema; Special citation for Salin-Cine.