The five lucky bloggers who got their festival passes last year are not eligible to apply this year, to give way to a fresh batch. So how about it, bloggers? Let me repost verbatim my 2009 announcement, since the mechanics remain the same:
Are you interested to blog about the presscon, the Cinemalaya movies, actors, directors, artists and other prime movers--about the festival itself?
There are only two conditions:
1. You should blog about the June 16 presscon, where you're free to interview and take pictures/video of the directors and their cast who will be presented to the press, as well as the festival organizers.
2. You should have the time and interest to watch the film festival in July 2010, consisting of 10 feature-length and 10 short films in the main exhibition--and blog about them, in whatever way you feel like. I will do a regular round-up of Cinemalaya-related entries and reviews on this blog, properly linked to your posts.
What you will get:
1. A pass that gives you free access to all the main film exhibition screenings and other related activities (open forums, congress, meet-and-greet photo ops, awards night) for the duration of the festival. The pass, given only to a select few, will bear your name and is not transferable. Be among the first to watch--and write about--the next breakout Filipino indie film.
2. The opportunity to meet some of the country's most promising directors, actors and other artists, as well as prominent, established ones who are participating in the festival. Meeting celebrities, if that's your thing, isn't farfetched, too. Last year's edition attracted an overflow crowd everyday--mostly young moviegoers, along with big stars and movie industry people, all checking out the buzz on and rooting for their favorite entries. It's an exciting event, and you'll be in the middle of it.
Are you up to the challenge? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a slot. First-come, first-served. CCP needs the names of the five active bloggers asap, so hit that Send button now. (Include your blog URL and contact details, please.)
A caveat: Reread the conditions--accepting this invite requires time, commitment and effort.
On the other hand, watching movies for free and blogging about them--what could be cooler?