EPIFF will be back from June 10 to 12! It will remain on the Cyber Space, for the third consecutive year, to celebrate its 5th edition with all the viewers, who have grown affectionate to the festival, during the past two years.

Initially moved online in response to the pandemic crisis, the new virtual house of the festival has attracted a large audience from all over Italy, who was finally able to access Philippines’ movies from any part of Italy. 

The festival, a brainchild of filmmakers Ruben Sorquez and Maurizio Baldini, is produced and organized together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the National Commission of Culture and the Arts and the Philippine Italian Association (PIA). This year the festival is organized also with the Patronato ACLI, who has recently started its activities in Manila. Further more, the festival has the honor to be presented under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Manila. EPIFF is organized in partnership with See Thru Pictures, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the social Philippine association OFW watch Italy.

For its 5th edition, EPIFF will continue to feature the Philippines and the Philippine society in Cinema, through a variety of genres, styles, and points of view. We will have short and full length films, contemporary and classic, documentary, drama, horror, both, from the Philippines and Italy. 

All films will be available on demand, from Italy and the Philippines, and, to better navigate the program, viewers can let themselves be guided by a suggested schedule. 


Filipino Short and Full-length Films

  • Alon (Wave), full length, documentary by Gabriel Fernandez
  • Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (This is my Country), full length, classic, by Lino Brocka
  • Bakit Ako Sinusundan Ng Buwan? (Moon Under My Feet), short, by Richard Soriano 
  • Lorna, short, by Noel Escondo 

Italian short and full-length films

  • Princess, short, docu-film, by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino
  • The other self, short, horror, by Paolo Bertola
  • Of Sinners and Saints, full length, drama, by Ruben Soriquez

Starting on June 10 and culminating on June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan, the Philippines’ Independence Day, the program will be accessible for free on the same indie and classic movie streaming platform used last year: https://iWatchMore.com    

The entire program will be accessible, free of charge, without registration, movies will be in the original language with English subtitles. All movies and the talk will be viewable from only in Italy and in the Philippines.

Festival venue: https://iwatchmore.com/

For more information on EPIFF, visit their website at https://www.epiff.org/

For further inquiries, you may contact philippineitalianassociation@gmail.com