The Fifth Cinemalaya independent film festival and competition will feature 20 new digital films, including 10 feature-length films, which will all be shown from July 17 to 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Several new independent films will also be premiered during the Festival.
Ten films will compete in the full length category. These are:
24K, written and directed by Ana Agabin and starring Julio Diaz and Archi Adamos.
Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe, written and directed by Alvin B. Yapan and starring Irma Adlawan, TJ Trinidad and Nonie Buencamino.
Astig (Mga Batang Kalye), written by Jerry B. Gracio and directed by GB Sampedro.
Colorum, written by John Ballesteros, Diana Malahay and Jerry Gracio and directed by Jon Steffan Ballesteros.
Dinig Sana Kita, written and directed by Mike Sandejas ad starring Zoe Sandejas, Robert Sena and Lorenzo Mara.
Engkwentro, written and directed by Pepe Diokno and starring Felix Roco, Daniel Medrana and Celso Ad. Astillo as Mayor Suarez.
Last Supper No. 3, written by Winston Villanueva Acuyong and directed by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel and starring Joey Paras, Jojit Lorenzo, Beverly Salviejo, Debraliz Valesoto and Ricky Davao.
Mangatyanan, written by Ramon Ukit and directed by Jerrold Tarog and starring Che Ramos, Neil Ryan Sese, Irma Alawan and Publio Briones III,
Nerseri, written and directed by Vic Acedillo, Jr. and starring Timothy Mabalot, Jaclyn Jose, Lance Raymundo and Ynes Veneracion.
Sanglaan, written by Milo Sogueco, Audie Gonzales, Jerome Lorico and Gay Ace Domingo and directed by Milo Sogueco and starring Tessie Tomas, Ina Feleo, Joem Bascon and Neil Ryan Sese.
Competing in the short film category are:
Behind Closed Doors, written and directed by Mark Philipp Espina.
BLOGOG, written and directed by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino,
Bonsai, written and directed by Alfonso “Borgy” K. Torre III and starring Richard Somes and Angel Aquino.
Hulagpos, written and directed by Maita Lirra Lupac and starring Dina Amistad and Kyle Dizon.
Latus, written by 8 writers and directed by John Paul S. Seniel and starring Analie P. Lucion and Nellie Fe Angat.
Musa, written and directed by Dexter B. Cayanes and starring Nanding Josef and Ryza Cenon.
Si Bok at ang Trumpo, bywritten and directed by Hubert Tibi and starring Jse Enrique Perez and Roence Santos.
Tatang, written by Ipe Asuncion and directed by Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez and starring Pen Medina and Nikki Bagaporo.
Ugat sa Lupa, bywritten and directed by Ariel M. Reyes and starring Gerald Madrid and Angelica Urquico.
What Floor, Ma’am?, bywritten by Robert Sena and directed by Mike Sandejas and Robert Sena and starring Pinky Marquez ad Lex .
Winners of each category will be announced during the awarding ceremonies on July 26 at the CCP. The winner of the full length feature category will receive the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy and an additional grant of P200,000. Each full length feature category finalist was given an initial P500,000 production grant.
The winner of the short feature category will receive P100,000 and Cinemalaya Balanghai Trophy.
The Fifth Cinemalaya is featuring the following sections, namely, Competition, World Premieres and NetPac films, Lino Brocka Retrospective, Kids’ Treats, Gay/Lesbian films, The City in Focus, Women in Indies, Off Center, Documentary and Ani: Best of Last Year.
In the Brocka Retrospective, among the films to be screened are Wanted:Perfect Mother, Tubog sa Ginto, Stardoom, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Tatlo Dalawa Isa, Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Insiang, Bona, Bayan Ko, and Macho Dancer.
Another major event is the Cinemalaya Film Congress on July 21-22 at the CCP Little Theater. With the theme Linking Digital Highways, the Cinemalaya Film Congress aims to discover the major centers of independent filmmaking in the country, assess the artistic achievement of cinematic works produced in the last five years, invite indie filmmakers from the different regions to speak about the state of indie filmmaking in their areas, and establish a network of indie filmmaking centers to consolidate all efforts to create, promote and market indie films both here and abroad.
A new advertising campaign for the Fifth Cinemalaya was created by the Black Pencil Advertising Inc. The ad campaign celebrates the fifth year of Cinemalaya which has become a major event in local filmmaking today. The ad campaign tags Cinemalaya as the “big, small film festival” conveying the importance and impact of Cinemalaya on Filipino independent cinema.
Cinemalaya opens on July 17 and runs until July 26, 2009. 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.
Cinemalaya is presented by the Cinemalaya Foundation, the 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 551-7930 or 832-1125 local 1800 to 1808 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or 832-1125 local 1409.
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