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Enjoy free Aussie films at virtual ‘Stream & Sip Festival’

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Enjoy free Aussie films at virtual ‘Stream & Sip Festival’
The festival will run from May 22 to 23 to celebrate the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day

This year’s Stream and Sip online festival, hosted by the Australian Embassy, will be happening from May 22 to 23, showcasing the finest Australian music, films, and food to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Philippines-Australia Friendship Day.

In a statement, Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO said that they are “very pleased to be one of only five countries with an annual friendship day celebration,” and that the Australian Embassy recognizes the May 22 anniversary as an opportunity to honor strong linkages each year.

Photo courtesy of Australian Embassy
Streaming content

A line-up of 3 full-length Australian films will be streaming online for free as part of the festival, running from May 22 to 23 at mateshipbayanihan.com.

These include Little Monsters, a 2019 zombie comedy film starring Academy-Award winner Lupita Nyong’o; 2017 Golden Globes Best Motion Picture Lion, based on the book A Long Way Home, featuring Primetime Emmy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel; and H is for Happiness, an optimistic family movie based on the multi-award winning Barry Jonsberg book My Life As An Alphabet

Seven short films from Australia’s only Academy Award-accredited and BAFTA-recognized short film festival, Flickerfest, will also be highlighted during the celebration.

Sip and eat

The Australian Embassy in the Philippines is also offering a “Taste of Australia” experience by collaborating with online food, fruits, and beverages retailers on their website, including Australian-made and grown products.

Spotify and Netflix

Stream and Sip Festival will also feature Australian films on Netflix and music on Spotify, which includes an already curated Philippines-Australia Friendship Day 2021 playlist.

To get updates on the celebration and future events, visit mateshipandbayanihan.com or follow the Australian Embassy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. – with reports from Aloe Ynion/Rappler.com

Aloe Ynion is a Rappler intern.