Following the success of
indie films in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) partnered up with SM Cinema and came up with …Cine Lokal.
It’s a three-year partnership that aims to showcase a selection of films from award-winning Filipino movies, classic Filipino films from renowned directors, independently produced films, regional films, and even limited release foreign films.
Under the agreement, SM will provide eight theaters that will screen such movies all throughout the year, starting April 19. The follow SM locations will allot one theater each for the project:
- SM Megamall
- SM North EDSA
- SM Fairview
- SM Iloilo
- SM Southmall
- SM Cebu
- SM Bacoor
- SM Mall of Asia
FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño said that Cine Lokal’s goal is to provide indie filmmakers with a commercial venue for their films and to create a culture of support and viewership nationwide.
“Cine Lokal’s goal is two-fold: to provide independent filmmakers with a commercial venue for their films, thereby strengthening their experience and training on film marketing and distribution, and to create a culture of support and viewership among Filipinos nationwide. Independent films mirror our society’s milieu in the most meaningful and affective of ways and we are grateful to SM Cinema for this great opportunity for us to bring more choices of these films closer to our people,” Diño said.
According to GMA News, Cine Lokal will open on April 19, with movies about faith and religion—you know, because it’s Lent. Movies such as: Himala, Iadya Mo Kami, and Of Sinners and Saints will be screened alongside the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.
They will also announce special screenings for Ignacio de Loyola, Seklusyon, Honor Thy Father, and White Ribbon.