Pinoy films steal the spotlight: 6 must-see movies at the NY Asian Film Festival

Film Development Council of the Philippines says six Pinoy films will participate in the New York Asian Film Festival.

In yet another proof that Filipino films have gone global, six Philippine-made movies are set to be showcased at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from July 12 to 28 at the Film at Lincoln Center and the SVA Theatre.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced on X that the country will have a strong presence in the annual celebration of the best and boldest in Asian cinema.

“Best of luck to all the participating films! 🇵🇭,” it added.

Here are the six Philippine films you can’t miss:

When This is All Over
A desperate guy strikes a deal with a group of privileged misfits to plan a secret party during a global pandemic, hoping to escape his bleak reality.

Iti Mapupukaw
A mouthless young man’s life takes a wild turn when an alien returns to claim him, unraveling his tangled memories.

Lola Magdalena
This dramedy follows the friendship of five aging prostitutes living together, showcasing their struggles and humor as they continue in the oldest profession.

Hot Seat
Two young siblings are accused of theft by a convenience store owner, leading them to confront their family’s deep-seated trauma and seek healing.

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Cross My Heart and Hope to Die
Mila’s unpaid work and a persistent love interest lead her into a mix of optimism and potential tragedy, set to a soundtrack of melancholy love ballads.

A Karaoke Space Odyssey
In this sci-fi rom-com karaoke musical, Stella, an undocumented Filipino once known as her town’s karaoke queen, goes on a karaoke date with an alien from outer space.

NYAFF is the first North American film festival to spotlight Asian filmmakers, showcasing everything from blockbuster hits to quirky arthouse gems. This festival is an essential connection to the film community, bringing Asian cinema to New Yorkers and beyond.