New York Filipino Film Festival


The New York Filipino Film Festival is a significant week-long event held at the ImaginAsian Theatre in Manhattan New York City. It features a wide variety of newly released movies, classics from the Philippines, documentaries, shorts, and original works by young Filipino-American filmmakers.

The festival doesn’t just stick to one genre; it covers a diverse range, including newly released Filipino films, timeless classics from the Philippines, documentaries, shorts, and even original works crafted by young Filipino-American filmmakers.


Significance of the film festival

The New York Filipino Festival aligns with the celebration of Philippine Independence in June and corresponds to Filipino American History Month in October.

It’s a collaborative effort involving the Smithsonian Institution, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York.

This annual event show is a platform for promoting Filipino cinema and celebrating the cultural ties between the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora in the United States.


Filipino films at MoMA

In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York featured a selection of 18 films by 14 Filipino directors. This event marked a survey of Philippine cinema during the Third Golden Age. Some notable directors included Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, and Erik Matti.

24 Most acclaimed Filipino contemporary films:

  1. Aparisyon (Apparition) (2012) – Isabel Sandoval
  2. Arisaka (2021) – Mikhail Red
  3. Bunso: The Youngest (2005) – Ditsi Carolino
  4. Big Night (2021) – Jun Robles Lana
  5. Bwakaw (2012) – Jun Robles Lana
  6. Dito at Doon (2021) – JP Habac
  7. Engkwentro (Clash) (2009) – Pepe Diokno
  8. Expressway (2016) – Ato Bautista
  9. From What Is Before (2014) – Lav Diaz
  10. Gemini (2014) – Ato Bautista
  11. How to Disappear Completely (2013) – Raya Martin
  12. Independencia (2009) – Raya Martin
  13. Ma’ Rosa (2016) – Brillante Mendoza
  14. Manila (2009) – Adolfo Alix Jr, Raya Martin
  15. Motherland (2017) – Ramona S. Diaz
  16. Neomanila (2017) – Mikhail Red
  17. Norte, the End of History (2013) – Lav Diaz
  18. On the Job (2013) – Erik Matti
  19. Respeto (2017) – Treb Monteras II
  20. Serbis (Service) (2008) – Brillante Mendoza
  21. Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story (2018) – Irene Villamor
  22. Thy Womb (2012) – Brillante Mendoza
  23. Transit (2013) – Hannah Espia
  24. We Will Not Die Tonight (2018) – Richard Somes


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