A day before his flight to San Francisco, California for the 24th FACINE (Filipino Arts and Cinema International), we (entertainment bloggers) had an intimate chat with independent film director Howard Yambao. It was our chance to get to know the passionate director whose films showcase seemingly mundane but deep societal issues. His training under award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and TV directorial experience led him to completing quality projects. During our meeting , his remarkable work in focus was Kristo, a Sinag Maynila 2017 film entry about the fateful day in the life of a cockfight bet-taker doubling as a market vendor.
FACINE – Filipino Arts & Cinema International is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering emerging artists and diverse audiences to create films that speak about Filipino communities globally, by promoting cinema as a social document of Filipino culture and heritage, and as medium of artistic expression.
After his film’s participation in FACINE, Direk Howard is off to Tokyo, Japan for the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival. The film is under the Crosscut Asia: What’s Next from Southeast Asia category.