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Everything You Need to Know About PelikuLAYA: LGBTQIA+ Film Festival 2021

The Film Development Council of the Philippines is holding the film festival in celebration of Pride Month.

Miss festivals? The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) does too. As NCR Plus enters GCQ, it announces the second edition of PelikuLAYA: LGBTQIA+ Film Festival. The online film festival, which celebrates Pride Month, will be streamed from June 4 to 30 on

With the theme "Sama-Sama, Lahat Rarampa!", this year's festival aims to empower LGBTQIA+ members—not only with a lineup of local and international films, but also with talks, lectures, and more surprises. We don't want to spoil much but there's a planned drag yoga event, as well as musical performances.

PelikuLAYA will have 23 subscription films that can be viewed for P99. These include Masahista by Brillante Mendoza, I Love You. Thank You by Charliebebs Gohetia, Mga Gabing Kasing Haba ng Hair Ko by Gerardo Calagui, Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury, Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, Best. Partee. Ever. by HF Yambao, and Ned's Project by Lem Lorca.

The festival will also screen four free films: Rhadem Morados' documentary Budjang and three shorts, A by Rod Modina, Alex & Aki by Dexter Paul de Jesus, and Doon sa Isang Sulok by Yong Tapang, Jr. Additionally, one-time free screenings will be held for Lihis by Joel Lamangan and T-Bird at Ako by Danny Zialcita.

"The Film Development Council of the Philippines is relaunching PelikuLAYA this year as an annual LGBTQIA+ film festival organized by the national government as our way to express our continued support for gender equality and inclusivity by creating platforms to bring to light the struggles, celebrate the achievements, and champion the causes of the LGBTQIA+ community," said FDCP chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.


Check out the full PelikuLAYA lineup here.

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