Friday, July 11, 2008

Pssst! Cinemalaya 2008 opens today!

Twenty new digital films will compete in the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which opens today and runs until July 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The opening ceremonies will be held at the CCP Ramp at 6 p.m.

Full-length category. Ten films will compete in the full-length category. These are: 100 by Chris Martinez, Baby Angelo by Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino, Boses by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Brutus by Tara Illenberger, Concerto by Paul Alexander Morales, Huling Pasada by Paul Sta. Ana, Jay by Francis Xavier E. Pasion, My Fake American Accent by Onnah Valera, Namets by Emilio “Jay” Abello and Ranchero by Michael Christian Cardoz.

The full length feature film category finalists were selected from a total of 194 entries submitted for the 2008 Cinemalaya. As finalists, they received an initial seed investment of P500,000 from Econolink Investments Inc. The final winning entry will be given an additional grant of P200,000 plus the Cinemalaya Trophy during the awarding ceremony on July 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Short film category. Ten films will compete in the short film category. These are: Andong by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino, Ang Ibang Mga Pamilya by Joel P. Ruiz ,Angan-Angan (Dreams) by Sheron R. Dayoc, Diamante sa Langit by Vic Acedillo Jr. , God Only Knows by Mark V. Reyes, Huling Biktima by Vitaliano A. Rave, My Pet by Anna G. Bigornia, Panggaris by Dexter B. Cayanes, Trails of Water by Sheron R. Dayoc and Tutos by L.A. Yamsuan.

The winner of the short film category will receive a P100,000 grant plus the Cinemalaya Trophy during the awarding ceremony on July 20 at the CCP.

Cinemalaya 2008 will be highlighted by the screening of world premieres, director’s cuts and the very best Filpino independent films on wide-ranging and controversial topics. Films from Cinemalaya 2005, 2006 and 2007 will also be shown. Close to a hundred films will be on exhibition during the Festival.

Children's section. This year, Cinemalaya introduces the children’s section which aims to encourage the development and production of culturally-relevant content for Filipino children. Nine films will be competing for the Rene O. Villanueva Prize, in honor of the late children’s book author. Presented in cooperation with the National Council for Children’s Television, the Cinemalaya Children’s Section will be dedicated to short narrative features made for viewing of children ages 3-13.

Tribute to Manuel Conde. Also new this year in Cinemalaya is the tribute to Manuel Conde, a pioneer in Filipino independent filmmaking and a true auteur who produced, wrote, directed and acted in his films. Conde is credited with introducing Filipino films abroad, at the Venice Film Festival. Six Conde films will be shown during the Festival, namely: Genghis Khan (1950), Ibong Adarna (1955), Verganza (1958), Señorito (1953), Cruz na Kawayan (1956) and El Robo (1957). The book “The Cinema of Manuel Conde” by Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson will be launched on July 16 during the Festival.

Film Congress. Another major event of Cinemalaya 2008 is the Cinemalaya Film Congress on July 15-16 at the CCP Little Theater. The theme of the Congress will be Spreading the News: Promoting, Distributing and Exhibiting Indie Films. Film artists, technicians and businessmen will discuss the following topics: Making Indie Films: Self Expression, Social Commitment, Compromise; Promoting Indie Films: Building Audiences for Indie Films; Distributing Indie Films: Systems Legal to Illegal and Exhibiting Indie Films: From Cine Katipunan to Cannes.

Films will be shown at all CCP venues, namely the Main Theater, the Little Theater, Dream Theater, Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Silangan Hall, and the MKP Hall.

Now on its fourth year, Cinemalaya is presented by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments Inc. Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competition aimed at discovering new Filipino filmmakers.

For ticket information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 5517930 or 8321125 local 1800-1808 and the CCP Box Office at 8323704 0r 8321125 local 1409.

Trailers, pictures and more info here.


eugene said...

looking forward to cinemalaya. i'm glad they still give student discounts :)

gibbs cadiz said...

happy watching, EUGENE! baka andun din ako most of the time. :)

eugene said...

wala bang free tickets contest this time for cinemalaya? hehe just kidding :) i'll say hi if i bump into you

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