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1st Korea-Pinoy international film festival a success —director

Filipinos in South Korea celebrate the success of the first Korea-Pinoy International Film Festival (KPIFF) held in a place at the Arirang Cinema Center in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul from September 27 to 29.

Nash Ang, the festival's director, told GMA News Online in an email interview that that the event would not have been a success without the valuable support of Filipino organizations in South Korea, the Seongbuk-gu government, and the Philippine Embassy, among many, many other support groups.

“I’m glad it turned out very well even with its shortcomings. With the theme of ‘migration,’ we aimed to achieve social inclusion of overseas Filipinos through cultural awareness of Philippine cinema across borders,” added Ang, an award-winning Filipino filmmaker and social entrepreneur.

Also, he said that the event was made to happen in celebration of the 70th year of the Philippines-Korea diplomatic relations and the 100th year of Philippine Cinema.

The KPIFF featured “The Secret of Philippine Peso” by Perry Escaño; “You With Me” by Rommel Ricafort; “The Bus,” a documentary drama; and a special screening of “Hello, Love, Goodbye” by Cathy Garcia-Molina.

It has also presented a selection of short films produced by Filipino and Korean filmmakers, six student films from the Mapua University, and a “Directors’ Showcase” of seven short films by renowned Filipino directors.

Groups that were instrumental in the success of the festival include: Seongbuk-gu Cultural Foundation, Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Tanghalang Banyuhay, Koreigners, Mapua University-School of Media Studies, Rotary Club of Dong Pocheon,, Coinshot, Seoul Filipino Catholic Community, Filam Creative, Salad Multicultural Theater Company, Pinoy Seoul Media Enterprise, Gitana Productions, TFC Korea, MPJ Productions, UNTV, and Pinoy Artists in Korea.” —LBG, GMA News