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The Philippines’ diamond in Cannes

The Manila Times — 29.5.2022


“Amazing” was the single-word reply of veteran global cinema executive, Sophie Bourdon, to The Sunday Times Magazine‘s lone question on a scorching afternoon by the Cote Riviera.

It was Day 3 of the landmark 75th Cannes Film Festival, which just concluded this Saturday, May 28, and alongside the multi-nation gathering of pavilions at Du Village International, the Philippines was making waves in its extensive and impressively prepared participation in the most prestigious film festival in the world.

Sophie Bourdon, the newly appointed head of Visions du Reel Industry — whose 30-year experience in organizing international film festivals has turned her into one of the most in-demand consultants across the international festival circuit — had just finished her scheduled meeting with Undersecretary Mary Liza Diño — the highly respected and much-loved chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), not only at home but in this very global arena. They were eagerly discussing the possibility of the Philippines’ participation in a documentary film festival called Visions du Reel in Switzerland in 2023.

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