Cinematografo Filipino film festival debuts in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The excitement, the celebration, the passion. It’s finally here: the first-ever Cinematografo International Film Festival.

After months of hard work and preparation, Cinematografo is in full swing at the AMC dine-in Kabuki 8 in San Francisco.

Everyone is excited to see the opening night film ”Ang Larawan” from director Loy Arcenas.

“Our opening film is something to be excited about,” says Miguel Sevilla, Cinematografo festival director. “It’s a musical and we haven’t seen a musical in years in this grand epic scale.”

That’s Miguel Sevilla, the festival director, together with John D Lazatin, the executive director, Cinematografo is off to a great start.

“We’re here in the next four days to celebrate Filipino and Filipino American filmmakers, and I’m so happy that the community, the press, the foreign press are here to witness what Cinematografo is all about,” said Lazatin.

The love of filmmaking is at the heart of Cinematografo — not for fame nor fortune, but the passion for storytelling.

“That’s correct, I think what we know in our hearts is we have so much stories to tell.”

And that’s proudly displayed in “Ang Larawan.” Rachel Alejandro, one of the stars and executive producers of the film is excited for its debut in North America.

“It’s the first musical of its kind to become a film in the Philippines,” she said. “It’s a labor of love like you said.”

It’s that passion you will see right here at Cinematografo international film festival, but the action is just beginning.

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Enjoy original films, documentaries, short films, and LGBTQ-themed movies; all meant to celebrate and highlight the passion and creativity of Filipino and Fil-Am filmmakers.

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