'Asiong Salonga,' 'MNL 143' to be shown in London

Posted at 09/15/2012 4:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011 Best Picture "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" and independent movie "MNL 143" are among the films to be shown at the first Reel Gate International Film Festival, which will open in London in November.

The non-competition festival, organized by Filipino-British filmmaker Jowee Morel, aims to serve as a "platform for the international commercial screening of Filipino films this year and in the next years to come."

"I would like to emphasize though that Reel Gate has humble beginnings. This is unlike big international film festivals. This is just a modest one. I would like to start off reasonable," said Morel, who recently graduated with a degree of Master of Arts in Cinematography and Post-Production at the University of Greenwich in London.

Aside from "Manila Kingpin" and "MNL 143," the following Filipino films will also be screened at the Riverside Studios in London from November 2 to 4: 

  • "Bisperas" directed by Jeffrey Jeturian
  • "Biyaheng Lupa" directed by Armando Lao
  • "Tribu" directed by Jim Libiran 
  • "Happyland" directed by Jim Libiran
  • "Rindido" directed by Noriel Jarito
  • "Bangka ha ut sin duwah sapah" directed by Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez

The festival will also screen British short films, which include:

  • "A Summer House" directed by Daisy Gili
  • "Choices" directed by Djonny Chen
  • A collection of shorts by Ivan Madeira

The list of Filipino short films to be featured at Reel Gate have yet to be announced.

After the London screening, the Filipino and British films will be shown in Manila in December.

"With the prevalence of international migration and multiculturalism, transnationalism is so common in cinema and Reel Gate International Film Festival will do just that in coming across multinationalism," Morel said, adding that he hopes to have films from other countries featured in the festival in the coming years.

Topbilled by ER Ejercito, "Manila Kingpin" won 11 awards at the 2011 MMFF. 

"MNL 143," on the other hand, was disqualified from this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition but made its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival last June.