Twenty-five new digital films will compete in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 20-29, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3 Makati and Trinoma, Quezon City.
This year, Cinemalaya gets even bigger with the addition of a new major venue at Trinoma in Quezon City, making the reach of Cinemalaya even wider and bigger. The addition of Trinoma as a third major venue for the festival is part of the vision of Cinemalaya organizers to make the Festival more accessible to the growing number of audiences that attend Cinemalaya.
In tribute to to the late screenwriter, director and actor Mario O'Hara who passed away on June 26, his film "Babae Sa Breakwater" will be the opening film tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). After a 20-year Filipino film drought at the Cannes International Filmfest since Lino Brocka's "Insiang" was screened, the independently produced "Babae Sa Breakwater" was invited for screening at the Directors Fortnight in 2004.
[Complete schedule of film screenings here.]
Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed full-length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors.
Ten films will compete in the New Breed full-length feature category. These are:
• Aparisyon by Vincent Sandoval
• Ang Katiwala by Aloy Adlawan
• Ang Nawawala by Marie Jamora
• Mga Dayo by Julius Sotomayor Cena
• Diablo by Mes de Guzman
• Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino by Lemuel C. Lorca
• Oros by Paul Sta. Ana
• Requieme! by Loy Arcenas
• Santa Niña by Emmanuel Quindo Palo
• The Animals by Gino M. Santos
Ten films will compete in the Short Film category. These are:
• Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
• As He Sleeps by Sheron Dayoc
• Balintuna by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.
• Bohe: Sons of the Waves by Nadjoua Bansil
• Manenaya by Richard Legaspi
• Pasahero by Mario Celada
• Ruweda by Hannah Espia
• Sarong Aldaw by Marianito Dio Jr.
• Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez
• Victor by Jarell M. Serencio
Five films will vie in the Directors Showcase. These are:
• Bwakaw by Jun Robles Lana
• Kalayaan (Wildlife) by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
• Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets) by Jose Javier Reyes
• Posas (Shackled) by Lawrence Fajardo
• Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red
Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CCP, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.
Cinemalaya will feature about 60 films on exhibition, with 25 in competition. It features a variety of sections, namely the NCCA Premieres, Ani, Cinemalaya Documentaries (focus on Early Indies) and a special Retrospective on Mario O’Hara’s works as actor, writer and director.
This year, highlights will include a retrospective of vintage and rare Filipino film ads in the collection of art patron Danny Dolor. The Cinemalaya Film Congress is a major part of the Festival. This year also features guest resource person Ralph Guggenheim of Pixar Studios.
[Complete schedule of film screenings here.]
Regular Price: P150/head per screening
Discounts available for the following:
50% off for students (CCP screenings only)
20% off for senior citizens
20% off for government and military Personnel
One Day Pass (P700)--admission to 4-6 screenings for 1 day; priority lane entry to screening venues in CCP
Festival Pass (P2000)--admission to all competition films; priority lane entry to screening venues in CCP; complimentary souvenir program and subscription to e-newsletter
Flexi Pass (P3000)--admission to all competition films plus 8 exhibition films of your choice; priority lane entry to screening venues in CCP; complimentary souvenir program and subscription to e-newsletter
Premium Pass (P5000)--guaranteed accommodation to all festival screenings, Congress and forums; guaranteed accommodation to the opening and closing awards nights; priority lane entry to screening venues in CCP; access to VIP Lounge; invitations to festival receptions, parties, and special events; complimentary souvenir program and subscription to e-newsletter
For inquiries, visit www.cinemalaya.org or call 8323704/8323706.
[Images 2-3: Spot.ph]