'Birdshot' Will Be The First Local Film to Hit Netflix Philippines
One small step for Birdshot, one giant leap for Filipino cinema. Starting Monday, March 26, audiences here in the Philippines and all around the rest of the world will be able to stream Mikhail Red's award-winning film on Netflix—making it the first-ever Philippine content released locally on the platform. This will also be the film's widest release since it was screened at last year's Cinemalaya and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
Birdshot tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a forest reserve and runs into trouble with local authorities after she mistakenly shoots and kills an endangered Philippine Eagle. The film won Critic's Choice Award at the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Best Picture at the Asian Future Competition category of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, and the CJ Entertainment Award at the Asian Project Market of the 2015 Busan International Film Festival. Most notably, it was the Philippines' submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 Academy Awards.
In an announcement by Globe for Globe Studios, which is co-presentor of Birdshot with TBA Studios and Pelikula Red, director Mikhail Red expressed his excitement about the acquisition. "I've always been a fan and subscriber of the streaming service. Having a film on their platform is just a dream come true for me as a filmmaker and storyteller. It's such a profound feeling, having your stories and imagination come to life and be shared with millions of streaming subscribers across the globe. I hope this also helps open doors for other Filipino filmmakers."
Here's to hoping that even more local films and and filmmakers can find a platform on Netflix.