Metro Manila · Film Festivals & International Movie Nights

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Manila is a Megacity for Cinephiles. At first glance it may seem that cinemas here only show the usual Hollywood blockbusters and a Pinoy romantic comedy every now and then. But make no mistake, the city hosts more than a dozen domestic and international film festivals every year.

A number of cultural and language institutes offer weekly or monthly movie nights to present their respective country. Film festivals and nights offer the opportunity to watch independent productions and documentaries that you would hardly find on TV or in the DVD section of your shopping mall. These movies feature surprising topics as well as avant-garde story telling and aesthetics. Movies from all over the world offer new insights beyond the stereotypes.

Non-English and non-Filipino films are usually shown in original version with subtitles. Admission is often free or very low. The indicated months of the festivals below are based on the 2013 events and only approximate as the schedules change slightly from year to year. For more information on schedules and venues, follow the links.


Annual Film Festivals

  • Spring Film Festival of Chinese Films (February)








Classic and contemporary silent films, accompanied by Philippine live bands.





  • Thai Film Festival (September)

Website (only media coverage):


Movies from all over Europe.

Website (press release 2013):


  • Korean Film Festival (September/October)

Website: Facebook


  • Cine Filipino (September)

Filipino Films, no subtitles.



  • Brazilian Film Festival (September/October)



  • Spanish Film Festival Pelicula (October)





  • Metro Manila Film Festival (December/January)

Features the Filipino blockbusters of the year and other locally-produced commercial films.


  • Israeli Film Festival 

Website (2013 festival):


Film Nights

UPFI Film Center Screenings



  • Alliance Francaise (French)

Cine Club, Wednesdays 8.30 pm



Wednesday Movie Night, 6 pm



Occasional Fim Screenings,check the website for upcoming events.



  • Japan Foundation

Occasional Fim Screenings,check the website for upcoming events.


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Cinemalaya is the big independent film festival of the Philippines. 25 films will be on display from August 1 to 10, 2014. Venues are the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala cinemas of Greenbelt 3, TriNoMa, Alabang Town Center, and Fairview Terraces.

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Shangri-la Plaza mall hosts the much awaited Moviemov Italian Film Festival from July 23 to 27, 2014. To be shown are the classic work of Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola, La Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty), an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and other critically acclaimed contemporary films from Italy.

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This year's Eiga Sai, the Japanese Film Festival, focuses on movies about (extended) families, a topic of high importance for Japanese and Filipino people alike. 

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The International Silent Film Festival features six movies from six different countries, accompanied by outstanding Filipino live bands and musicians. It takes place from August 23 to 25, 2013, in Shang Cineplex.

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For the 16th time, the EU Delegation to the Philippines presents Cine Europa, a film festival featuring movies from all over Europe.

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The Cine Europe is an annual festival featuring movies from all over Europe in the Megacity.

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'Since its inception in 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival (CIFF) has endeavored to revive the Philippines as the center of Southeast Asian cinema and encourage the creation of international caliber, yet uniquely Filipino films.'

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The acclaimed film by British director Sean Ellis is 'coming home' to the Megacity. Co-star John Arcilla showed up at one of the first screenings of "Metro Manila" in Glorietta Cinemas to watch it with friends and to talk to his fans.