Friday, 8 July 2016

12th Cinemalaya Film Festival Runs From Aug 5 - 14 2016; Expands To Nuvali, Sta. Rosa and Cebu

The most awaited and biggest independent film festival is back with the theme “Break the Surface,” the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival marks the return of the Full Length Feature category. This year, the festival goes beyond Metro Manila to include screening venues in Laguna and Cebu.

In Metro Manila, Cinemalaya opens at its main venue on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at satellite venues at Ayala Cinemas in Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta, Makati, Trinoma and UP Town Center, Quezon City and Nuvali, Sta. Rosa.  In Cebu, Cinemalaya will run from August 9-14 at Ayala Mall.

The nine full length feature film in competition are as follows:
  1.     Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo
  2.     Dagsin by Atom Magadia
  3.     Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover
  4.     I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal
  5.     Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares
  6.     Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr.
  7.     Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana
  8.     Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
  9.     Tuos by Derick Cabrido
   For Teasers, Posters and Synopsis click here

The ten short film feature in competitions are as follows:
  1.     Ang Hapon Ni Nanding (Nanding's Afternoons) by Rommel Tolentino
  2.     Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa
  3.     Bugtaw by Noah Del Rosario
  4.     Butas by Richard Cawed
  5.     Fish Out Of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao
  6.     Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez
  7.     Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua
  8.     Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar
  9.     Nakauwi Na by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo
  10.     Pektus by Isabel Quesada
For Teasers, Posters and Synopsis click here

But wait there’s more, aside from the yearly full length and short film feature competition, there are plenty of surprises awaited for all the film enthusiasts.

1. New this year is the partnership of Cinemalaya and Eigasai Japanese Film Festival, through the Japan Foundation.   As allied festivals, Cinemalaya and Eigasai will encourage film exchange, help in the promotion of both events, and contribute to audience building and film education.

Under this alliance, Eigasai brings in two films-- Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji and August in Tokyo by Ryutaro Nakagawa--- to Cinemalaya’s Asian Section.  Ken and Kazu will be the opening film of the Asian Section.  Both films will be free admission. As part of Eigasai Film Festival, the CCP will host the screening of The Emperor in August by Masato Harada on July 8 at the CCP Little Theater.

2. Vision of Asia: This Asian Section will feature award winning NETPAC films, namely: Child Of Debt by Umashankar Swamy (India/Kannada, 2015), Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki (Afghanistan/Canada, 2015 ), Motor Bicycle by Shameera Rangana Naotunna (Sri Lanka, 2015), Stranger  by Yermek Tursunov(Kazakhstan, 2015), The Kids by Sunny Yu(Taiwan, 2015), Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (Kyrgyzstan, 2015) and Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci(Turkey-Germany, 2015). The Asian Section will also screen River Road by Li Ruijun(China, 2014).

3. Tribute to Francis Pasion: honors the life and work of the late Cinemalaya director who passed away in March 2016.  His films Bwaya (Cinemalaya 2014 Best Film, Best Cinematography & Best Score), Jay (Cinemalaya 2008 Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor) and Sampagita (2010 Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize) will be shown in this retrospective.

4. Special Screening Sections: Lav Diaz’ Hele sa Hiwagang Hinagpis, which won the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, will be shown along with his short film Ang Araw Bago Ang Wakas. The Special Screenings section will also spotlight the work of Jaclyn Jose, recently awarded Best Actress in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, films to be shown are Working Girls 2, Itanong Mo Sa Buwan and Sarong Banggi

5. Panoptika - is a new section of Cinemalaya 2016, described as seeing everything, discovering new ideas in Documentary Films. The interesting documentaries under Panoptika section are:An Open Door, Mga Dayo: Filipinos in Myanmar, Headhunting William Jones, Dahling Nick, Landscape Within, Curiosity, Adventure and Love, and Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song.

6. Rainbow - a new section of Cinemalaya 2016 comprising of interesting new independent films with LGBT themes. Films to be shown are: Echorsis, Miss Bulalacao and Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin

7. Festival's Best - Cinemalaya 2016 will feature award-winning features from local film festivals in the special section. Films to be shown are: Apocalypse Child, Ari: My Life With A King, EDSA, Manang Biring, MRS., and Ned's Project.

8. Indie Nation - a special section of Cinemalaya 2016 which showcases various awesome independent films. Films to be shown are Remittance, Mana, Laut, Ringgo: The Dog Shooter, Flotsam, Big Time Special, Iadya Mo Kami, 4 Days, Rosita, and The Sister.

9. Opening Film: "1-2-3" by Carlo Obispo and Closing Film: Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Pule

10. The Cinemalaya 2016 Exhibit at the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) will feature posters and memorabilia from the films selected for the competition.

11. Cinemalaya Institute Showcase

12. Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of the Festival, will be held on August 9-10 at the CCP Little Theater.

13. The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region, will have its 28th run during this year’s Cinemalaya. 

14. New feature will be the Green Carpet Screenings which will be held at the CCP front lawn. With the Center’s large digital billboard as the big screen, moviegoers will be able to enjoy this year’s showcase along with their picnic baskets, bikes, and pets.

15. Samsung Screening Lounge: A rainy-day venue will be announced should it be necessary. Viewers will also be able to schedule private screenings with their friends and family at the Samsung Screening Lounge.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers. 

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 127 full feature independent films and 106 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

For more information about Cinemalaya, visit, and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP box office at 832-3704.    

Check the Cinemalaya 2016 Schedule here


Bela Padilla is the lead actress in the Cinemalaya Full Length Entry I-America

Janine Gutierrez is part of the  Cinemalaya Full Length Entry Dagsin

Barbie Forteza is part of the  Cinemalaya Full Length Entry Tuos

Pokwang is the lead actress in the  Cinemalaya Full Length Entry Mercury is Mine

Chris Millado

Mercury is Mine Team

Ang Pamilya ni Ponching Team

Janus Del Prado and Ketsup Eusebio are part of the Cinemalaya Full Length Film Ang Pamilya ni Ponching

Dagsin Team

Hiblang Abo Team

The Lead Actors in Cinemalaya Full Length Feature Film - Hiblang Abo

I-America Team

Kusina Team

Lando at Bugoy Team

Allen Dizon and Gold Azeron the lead actors in the Cinemalaya full length entry Lando at Bugoy

Mercury is Mine Team

Bret Jackson is part of the Cinemalaya Full Length - Mercury is Mine

Tuos Team

Mike Liwag is part of the Cinemalaya Full Length Film - Kusina and Hiblang Abo

Benjami Alves is part of the Cinemalaya Full Length Film Dagsin

Filmmaker Eduardo Roy and Ronwaldo Martin for the Cinemalaya Full Length Film Pamilya Ordinaryo

More Photos Here

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