LOS ANGELES – “We are bringing Filipino films to Filipinos,” revealed Briccio Santos, Film Commissioner of Sineng Pambansa Filipino Film Festival that has been going on since June 17 until June 23rd in midtown Manhattan.
In an exclusive interview, Briccio, who was the director of the ’70s film “Manikang Papel,” revealed the festival’s mission. “Sineng Pambansa’s basic mission is to revitalize the Filipino film industry by encouraging and supporting the production of high-quality films, and by promoting the works of filmmakers to a wider public by means of local, in partnership with the local governments, as well as international film festivals,” he said.
“We have brought Filipino films to Filipinos by showing classic as well as acclaimed mainstream and independent films not only in the Philippines but overseas as well. We are scheduled to show Filipino films to overseas Filipinos as well as foreign audiences in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, and in the forthcoming prestigious Bogotá International Film Festival to which the Philippines has been invited as ‘Guest of Honor,’ with the privilege not only of competing but also of showcasing the best works of Filipino filmmakers,” he added.
“Bakal Boys,” the realistic docudrama that tells of the heartrending story of children who scavenge for metal scraps from old sunken ships in the murky waters of Manila Bay, opened the said festival last June 17 and plays seven times during the week until June 23 at the Producers’ Club Theaters at 358 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.