Of the 189 entries submitted to the Cinemalaya Short Film contest, 30 became semi-finalists and eventually 10 scripts made it to the finals.
The production of the 10 finalists is a joint effort of CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) and Dream Satellite of Tony Boy Cojuangco. The finalists will be producing their films in digital video with a grant of 500,000 pesos each as assistance for the production cost. The duration for production is only a 3-month period. Robbie Tan is the Supervising Producer and they are now into the pre-production stage.
Calling KAPPT. Cinemalaya is appealing to our actors to lend a hand as a way of encouraging these new filmmakers. The actors can perhaps offer their services at a much lower rate since most of the finalists are students.
Cinemalaya is organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Film Foundation Council of the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines’ Film Development Institute. The contest committee is headed by Laurice Guillen. Cinemalaya dared to venture into full length films to open the gates of the mainstream to new filmmakers.
The theme is centered on the Filipino culture. All the winners are first time directors for full length feature film.
THE CINEMALAYA FINALISTS:
RICA AREVALO – “ICU Bed #7″
MICHIKO YAMAMOTO and RAYMOND LEE – “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros”
FRANCIS HECHANOVA – “Angela-The Bading Assassin, A Musical”
RON BRYANT – “Baryoke”
MARIO CORNEJO – “Big Time”
MICHAEL ANGELO DAGNALAN and RODOLFO “JUN” AVES JR. – “Isnatchers”
SIEGFRIED BARROS SANCHEZ – “Lasponggols”
CLODUALDO DEL MUNDO, JR. – “Pepot Artista”
ALFRED ALOYSIUS ADLAWAN – “Room Boy”
EMMAN DE LA CRUZ – “Sarung Banggi”
The finished products in digital format will be showcased at the Cultural Center theaters come February, 2005. Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) is the venue of the awarding ceremony for full-length and short film categories on February, 25, 2005.