“El Peste” and “Expressway” to Screen at EPIFF 2019

Two former Sinag Maynila Full Length finalists have been selected to compete in this year’s European Philippine International Film Festival (EPIFF), happening this May 19 in Florence, Italy: 

El Peste (2018) by Richard Somes
Expressway (2016) by Ato Bautista

The festivities will take place in Cinema Spazio Alfieri and will be attended by Sinag Maynila 2016 Best Actor Alvin Anson, who appears in both films. The festival will culminate with an awarding ceremony in which the films earned the following nominations:

BEST ACTOR 
Mon Confiado (El Peste)
Alvin Anson (Expressway)
Aljur Abrenica (Expressway)

BEST ACTRESS
Jean Judith Javier (El Peste)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alvin Anson (El Peste)

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Somes (El Peste)
Ato Bautista (Expressway)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Richard Somes (El Peste)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alex Espartero (El Peste)
Gian Caluag (Expressway)

BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE
Francis de Veyra (Expressway)

This is only the second year of the festival, which was established in 2018 to build tighter cultural relations between Philippines and Italy. Former Sinag Maynila entries who emerged triumphant in the first ever EPIFF awards include Imbisibol (Best Actress, Ces Quesada) and the documentary Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story (Audience Award). 

Find out more about EPIFF in their official website.

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