On December 4 to 7, 2020, the 14th International Silent Film Festival in Manila which has grown to become a tradition for its organizers and enthusiasts alike will be held online for the first-time in its 14th year of existence.
From its humble beginnings in 2007, the Japan Foundation, Manila together with Goethe-Institut Philippinen and Instituto Cervantes de Manila has welcomed various partners and co-organizers.
In 2020, six countries with a rich tradition and history in filmmaking will once again join forces to continue the festival online this year. Participating countries will be Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
This year, the Japan Foundation, Manila will feature a wide variety selection of early Japanese animation works that were produced by a small team of people like a homemade handicraft during their heyday introducing pioneer artists who delivered these works to the world and build the foundation of Japanese animation.
The films are curated by benshi Kataoka Ichiro from the collection of newly digitalized animated films by the National Film Archive of Japan in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Japanese Animated Films in 2017.