There are two films that come to my mind when I get asked what my favorite local films are: I’m Drunk, I Love You and Birdshot. I liked I’m Drunk, I Love You because it was such an honest story about the reality of unrequited love. (Also because of Paulo Avelino, duh.) Birdshot, on the other hand, was a film that got me thinking. Was it about the coming-of-age of this young girl? About the endangered Philippine eagle? Corruption? It was a lot to think about, and it was told with such picturesque-yet-jarring cinematography.
While a lot of quality Filipino films are now getting some much-needed distinction and hype, it’s no secret that it remains a struggle for these films to reach the mainstream audience. Just think about the Metro Manila Film Festival and how much it values supposed bankability over art. Yikes.
Lucky for us, there are still some people who make it a point to give quality local films a platform, so that everyone can see that the industry is much more than just superfluous costumes and shitty comedy. Organized by the DLSU Green Media Group, the DLSU Trifecta Film Festival will showcase three of the most talked about films of 2018, together with short films from up-and-coming student filmmakers. For every Friday starting Feb. 1, you can catch Liway, Sol Searching, and Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap for only P180.
If you’re thinking twice as to which film you must see (frankly, I suggest you just watch all of them), here’s a short brief about the films that will be shown: