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.

Here’s the screening schedule at the Roxie Theater, San Francisco:

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.

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).* TIFF stared in 1985 as Japan’s major film festival. Since then, it has grown to become one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. TIFF seeks out excellent films around the world and brings them to Tokyo, where filmmakers and film fans can enjoy them, meet emerging filmmakers, and be inspired.
* The International Federation of FILM Producers Associations (FIAPF) is an international organization that oversees issues related to the film industry and international film festivals.
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