The Philippines’ rich cultural diversity increasingly proves advantageous for the development of the nation’s film industry. Our ancient archive of written and oral stories has become a wellspring from which filmmakers draw tales and accounts that they can translate into cinema. These stories, told by various voices and experienced first-hand by other sensibilities definitely excite, if not satisfy, the cinema audience’s hunger for something fresh.
Ngilngig Fantastic Filmfestival, the only genre film festival in the Philippines, is a celebration of films and other art forms that explore the myriad meanings of “ngilngig” as a way of finding new voices in Philippine cinema. “Ngilngig”, or its derivative “ngiga” (from ngilngiga) has been more commonly used by the Bisaya-speaking population to refer to something that is “kuyaw” (awesome). But the word originally refers to something that elicits horror or alluding to the macabre.
NGILNGIG Fantastic Filmfestival will take place in Davao City from the 25th to the 31th of October 2019.