NETPAC Jury Prize winner and QCinema Film Festival finalist Dog Days just had its international premiere at the 48th International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Netherlands on January 30, 2019.
With its commitment to strengthen the local film industry and champion Philippine cinema globally, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) supports and takes pride in showcasing films that reflect unique Filipino culture and stories.
Dog Days tells the dark coming-of-age story of Michael Jordan Ulili, a half-Filipino and half-black wannabe basketball star who chases after his “hoop dreams.” It is screening under the film festival’s Bright Future section.
Meanwhile, Khavn, director of Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, collaborated with German director Alexander Kluge for Happy Lamento. The feature-length music film, which is part of the fest’s Perspective programme, features electricity, circus, and the song “Blue Moon.”
Aside from screenings, the IFRR also holds CineMart, the first international co-production market of its kind. This year’s selection includes 16 independent feature films with theatrical potential. Among the selected projects is The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk by Jordan Dela Cruz under VY/AC Productions and Cinematografica Films, the only Filipino project for CineMart’s 36th edition.
“IFFR is one of the largest platforms that spotlights independent films and emerging talents and content from all over the world. We are proud that Filipino filmmakers are part of their showcase this year,” says FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.
The IFFR is one of the most industry-driven and well-attended film festivals in the world. This annual 12-day film festival provides a platform for filmmakers to feature one-of-a-kind narratives through independent films to broader and more diverse audiences.
The International Film Festival of Rotterdam runs until February 3, 2019 at various locations in the center of Rotterdam and in LantarenVenster at the Kop van Zuid.