12th Chinese Spring Film Festival takes center stage at the Shang

Spring film festival

The month of February may be the season of love for many. But for film enthusiasts and movie buffs, this is also the month of the Chinese Spring Film Festival! Yes folks, Chinese films takes center stage once more at the home of free international film festival screening and ultimate dining and shopping destination, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall. The said film festival will be held from February 13 to 18, 2018.

Now on its 12th year, the Spring Film Festival is one of the much-anticipated film festivals happening at the Shang Cineplex. It is participated by many Chinese-Filipino communities.  The annual celebration is organized and hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, as well as Ateneo de Manila’s own CHinese student organization, the Ateneo Celadon. The said film festival aims to bring forth the joys and share the rich Chinese culture and traditions as well as a venue to showcase the artistry of the Chinese films.

The good news is that more and more people are now enjoying the said film festival because what used to be exclusively for Metro Manila residents, the five-day event festival is now simultaneously being held in five other cities aside from Metro Manila. They have also extended its reach to Baguio City, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.

This year’s selection will be featuring six full-length films covering different exciting genres such as comedy, romance, suspense and horror, an eclectic mix that will sure to delight audiences from all walks of life. The Spring Chinese Film Festival will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE ADMISSION on a first come, first served basis.

See how far one girl goes in order for her to save her family in this Cannes Film Festival-screened film called Walking Past the Future. The film which centers on the life of a young woman named Yaoting, who was desperate for money to help her recently jobless parents signs up to be a human guinea pig for series of potentially dangerous clinical trials.

Catch a glimpse of the harsh realities of the corporate world in the business-centric musical dramedy Office. It’s a film about a chairman and the CEO of a billion-dollar company going public and the struggle for power that they face.

Be awed with a fantasy 3D adventure in the comedy Monster Hunt which is set in the past where humans and monsters live side-by-side and in perfect harmony–that is, until the former drives the latter out of their homes, kick-starting a war like no other.

Prepare your tissues for another tear jerking comedy What A Wonderful Family. The story depicts the destruction of a once-happy family when the wife asks for a divorce for her upcoming birthday from her husband, leaving all the wonderful years of their happy marriage life in the dust.

12th Chinese Spring Film Festival Schedule

spring film festival 2018 schedule

Don’t miss out on the crime-torn city film Cold War 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2012 box office hit that tackles the rescue operation of five hijacked officers of the Hong Kong Police Force and the sacrifices they have to make in order to save themselves and their country.

Aside from the said free film screenings, there will also be Chinese painting exhibit and Chinese painting workshop as well as a concert. It promises to be fun and exciting for everyone. So mark those dates, February 13 to 18 at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.

Truly, with such awesome film line ups for this year, the 12th Spring Film Festival is something you guys should look forward to and dare not miss!

For more information, please follow the Spring Film Festival facebook page or inquire at the Ateneo Celadon via ateneo-celadon.org. Should you have any inquiries, please contact leongcenter.soss@ateneo.edu or call (02) 926-5118.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.