Three Filipino Movies to be Shown at Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo

TOKYO – Three Filipino films are among the 270 movies selected for screening at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA) 2024, running from June 4 to 17 across multiple venues in the Japanese capital.

Cathy Garcia-Sampana’s “Toss Coin,” Sonny Calvento’s “Primetime Mother,” and Myra Angeline Soriaso’s “A Catholic Schoolgirl” will be featured in the Asia International & Japan Program of the prestigious festival.

In “Toss Coin,” award-winning and Philippines’ highest-grossing film director Sampana delivers yet another heartwarming rom-com starring breakout loveteam Alexa Ilacad (Pia) and KD Estrada (Kiko). The plot centers on their unexpected encounter and the enchanting love story that unfolds amidst the vibrant streets of Hong Kong.

“A Catholic Schoolgirl” is about a top student at an all-girls Catholic school who falls in love for the first time with a nun who is soon to be sent far away. As the nun’s departure approaches, the student’s urge to confess her feelings intensifies.

In Calvento’s bold satire, “Primetime Mother,” the audition process for an exploitative game show becomes a test of strength and determination for a long-suffering mother.

SSFF & ASIA is one of Asia’s largest international short film festivals accredited by the US Academy Awards®. - Florenda Corpuz

L-R: KD Estrada, Cathy Garcia-Sampana, and Alexa Ilacad (Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN)