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BAKUNAWA FEST 9
[FANTASTIC FILM + ART + MUSIC]  I  DECEMBER 16, 2022 to APRIL 2023  I  THE PHILIPPINES
UNLEASHING
CREATIVE DRAGONS   I   BENDING GENRES   I   KEEPING THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT ALIVE

Bakunawa Festival is the Philippines' first international fantastic & genre-based film, art & music festival and the longest running festival of its kind in Southeast Asia ran by volunteers without corporate sponsors. We're one of the very few festivals that continued online screenings during the pandemic years. We like fresh, new, creative, innovative films, art & music. Bakunawa is a mythical dragon-like creature in Philippine mythology that devoured moons. Because we are a genre-bending film fest, we want to flip the Bakunawa's role and we want it to instead symbolize the creative monsters inside us.

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Unleashing Creative Dragons  |  Bending Genres  |  Keeping the Independent Spirit Alive

BAKUNAWA FEST

Before the pandemic, Bakunawa Festival conducts an annual film camp and series of film workshops for young filmmakers that culminates into a film festival of genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, folk, noir, folk, etc). The films that the film camp participants produce compete for the top prize.
 

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Bakunawa Fest announces Award Winners for its 9th edition ahead of awards show & closing film screening at UPFI Film Center on April 26! 

The Philippines' 'the night is drunk when we suffer' by RS Magtaan (Grand Bakunawa for Best Short Film) and Taiwan's 'Part Forever' by Chung An Ou Alan (Jury Prize) lead the winners for the 9th edition as judged by a Board of Jury composed of Film Critic (Manunuri) Tito Genova Valiente, filmmaker & actor Kyle Fermindoza and filmmaker & graphic artist Myish Endonila. 'Part Forever' has the most awards, winning Jury Prize, Best Director and Best Performance for actress Ming Yang.  Veteran French actor Laurent Le Doyen of the film 'Laura' (by Yannis Bennegent) won the other Best Performance Award. This edition's Jury gave out 9 additional awards apart from the required Best Short Film & Jury Prize.  

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF WINNERS!

Bakunawa Fest 9 closes its season and kicks off 10th edition on April 26 at UPFI Film Center

After its record-breaking hybrid ninth edition & season (2022-2023) with online screenings, in-person exclusive screenings, multi-media exhibitions, fringe events and Philippine Primetime cable TV premiere, Bakunawa Fest 9 will have its closing ceremonies and screening of winners and closing film at the UPFI Film Center on April 26, 2023 (5 PM). It will also kick off BAKUNAWA FEST X which runs from August 22 to 26, 2023 to be hosted by UPFI Film Center.  The news have been announced jointly by Director Elvert Bañares of Bakunawa Fest and Prof. Nonoy Lauzon and Ms. Sinag De Leon of UPFI Film Center. 

Mark your calenders and see you on the 26th of next month!


 

We're proud to announce the Philippine Cable TV Premiere of these 9 curated programs of BAKUNAWA FEST 9 Films exclusively for Solarflixph

Feb 19, Sun 8pm (TV Premiere) / Feb 22, Wed 4pm (Afternoon Gala) / Feb 25, Sat 5pm (Replay)
Program 1: ANIMA ::: ► PAPAYA (USA) ► A NIGHT AT THE CEMETERY (GREECE) ► PILLAR OF STRENGTH (MALAYSIA) ► THE SPRAYER (IRAN)  /  Program 2: DARK CURTAINS ::: ► DANDANSOY (PHILIPPINES) ► THE VERGE (SINGAPORE) ► WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS (ITALY, PERU, SPAIN) ► EQUILIBRIUM (SOUTH AFRICA)

Feb 19, Sun 8pm (TV Premiere)
 / Feb 22, Wed 4pm (Afternoon Gala) / Feb 25, Sat 5pm (Replay)
Program 3: FANTALUNA :: ► PLANET OF THE GIANTS (JAPAN) ► SA KALAUT SANG KATOBTOBAN (PHILIPPINES) ► WASUREMONO (PHILIPPINES) ► SOULMATE (PHILIPPINES) ► NO STEP BACK (SPAIN)  /  Program 4: THE NIGHT IS YOUNG ::: ► MOTEL (SPAIN) ► ALL THE FACES I LOVE LOOK ALIKE (BRAZIL) ► LAURA (FRANCE) ► HINAKDAL (PHILIPPINES) ► SONAR (MEXICO)

Feb 26, Sun 8pm (TV Premiere) / Mar 1, Wed 4pm (Afternoon Gala) / Mar 4, Sat 5pm (Replay)
Program 5: FANTAPOCALYPSE ::: ► A YEAR TO BREATHE (Philippines) ► AN SADIT NA PLANETA (Philippines) ► I, LABYRINTH (Philippines) ► HORIZONS (Italy)  /  Program 6: COLORS OF DRAMA ::: ► THE OLD MAN NEXT DOOR (New Zealand) ► BIRANI (Bangladesh) ► TWO IS ENO
UGH (Singapore) ► THE CELL (Singapore) ► Memories in Three Colors (Venezuela)

Mar 4, Sat 7pm (TV Premiere) / Mar 5, Sun 10pm (Late NightGala) / Mar 8, Wed 4pm (Replay)
Program 7: projeXions ::: ► ALEPH (Japan) ► SIMULATION (Republic of Korea) ► KASIKAS SA GANIHA UG UNYA (Philippines) ► L'ECRIVAN AVEUGLE (France) ► THE BAD GUYS IN THE STORY (Spain) ► DEKADENSI (Indonesia)  /  Program 8 : Excessive Dawn ::: ► LUGINSKY (Japan)

April 2023, Sat 7pm (TV Premiere) / Sun 10pm (Late NightGala) / Wed 4pm (Replay)
Program 9: THE SUMMER WE SAW YOU (Argentina) / BAKUNAWA FEST 9 AWARDS SHOW

Watch the Bakunawa Fest 9 trailer for SolarFlix TV at the left side of this new item.

Where to watch SOLARFLIX?
SKYCable channel 16
Cignal channel 21
Cablelink channel 33
DTT channel 21 in Metro Manila


Check out SolarFlix TV's Facebook Page!

Bakunawa Fest 9 Closing & Winning Films at UPFI Film Center on April 26, 2023 at 5PM! FREE Admission!

Bakunawa Fest's 9th edition comes to a close at the UPFI Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City as the first fantastic festival in the country screens its Closing Film 'Pao's Forrest' from Vietnam and will have an informal awarding ceremony and screening of all the winning films as decided by the appointed Board of Jury for the ninth edition. Screening starts at 5PM and will be free of charge! See you all this Wednesday! 
 

Bakunawa Fest 9 Omnibus Trailer [2022-2023]

Check out the films selected for the ninth edition of Bakunawa Fest for season 2022-2023 with in-person invitation screenings (December 2022); online screenings (December 2022); and Philippine Primetime Cable TV airing at SolarFlix TV (February to April 2023).

You can also check out and subscribe to Bakunawa Fest's YouTube Channel!
 

Bakunawa Fest 9 announces Board of Jury

Bakunawa Fest announces its Board of Jury for the ninth edition season (2022-2023). Film Critic, Author and Anthropologist Tito Genova Valiente, based in Naga City in Bicol (Luzon), returns to Bakunawa Fest as Chair (he was Chair of the Board of Jury during the 6th edition in 2019). Bakunawa Mentor (since its first year), filmmaker, design activisit and graphic designer, Myish Endonila - who is now based in Basilan (Mindanao) where she works - is our second jury member. And we welcome for the very first time in Bakunawa Fest, filmmaker, actor, visual & tattoo artist, Kyle Fermindoza - based in Iloilo City (Visayas) - as our third jury member. 

All three jury members deliberated the winners
 last March 4, 2023 with Festival Director & Chief Programmer Elvert Bañares and Festival Coordinator Glovern Gerogalin acting as observers. The winners were already informed ahead of the awards show to get their video acceptance speeches. The awards show will be aired at SolarFlix TV after the film 'The Summer We Saw You' by Tomas Roldan which is the Audience Award Winner for Full-length Features. 


VIEW THE COMPLETE BIOS OF OUR JURY MEMBERS HERE!

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