For the first time starting today, August 7, films at the Cinemalaya, the country’s biggest independent film festival, are expected to simultaneously screen until Tuesday next week, August 13, at selected Ayala Cinemas and Vista Malls in Manila, Pampanga, Naga, Legaspi, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao.
Cinemalaya offers ten full-length films and ten short feature films this year.
Included in the full-length film competition are: “ANi (The Harvest),” directed By Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario; “Belle Douleur (Beautiful Pain),” directed by Joji V. Alonzo; “Children of the River,” directed by Maricel Cabrera–Cariaga; “Edward,” directed by Thop Nazareno; “Fuccbois,” directed by Eduardo Roy Jr; “Iska,” directed by Theodore Boborol; “John Denver Trending,” directed by Arden Rod Condez; “Malamaya (The Color of Ash),” directed by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez; “Pandanggo Sa Hukay,” directed by Sheryl Rose M. Andes; and “Tabon,” directed by Xian Lim.
The finalists for the short feature film main competition are: “Disconnection Notice,” directed by Glenn Lowell Forneste Averia; “Gatilyo (Trigger),” directed by Harold Lance Pialdal; “Heist School,” directed by Julius Renomeron Jr. Jr; “Hele ng Maharlika (Lullaby of the Free),” directed by Norvin De Los Santos; Kontrolado Ni Girly Ang Buhay N’ya (Girly Is In Control of His Life)” directed by Gilb Baldoza; “Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces),” directed by Don Senoc; “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag Ay Paniniwala (Belief As The Light In Darkness),” directed by Francis Guillermo; “Tembong (Connecting),” directed by Shaira Advincula; “The Shoemaker,” directed by Sheron Dayoc; and “‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking),” directed by Josef Gacutan.
According to a press release, Cinemalaya has been a platform for independent filmmakers “to boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.”
The film festival opened with the screening of Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa (The Halt),” August 2, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Pasay City. Cinemalaya films will continue to screen at the CCP until Sunday, August 2, when the awards night is set to be held. —with reports from Shane David