The Sixth Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival—scheduled on July 9 to 18 this year—will feature five films by veteran filmmakers in the new Open Category of the filmfest. The feature-length film category featuring new filmmakers has been renamed the New breed category.
But the veterans and the new breed directors will be competing separately.
The five Open Category entries are the following:
–Isang Pirasong Buhay, the kapit-sa-patalim story of Filipinos selling their kidneys, directed by Mark Meily.
–Ang Paglilitis ni Bonifacio, the dramatic confrontation between national heroes Bonifacio and Aguinaldo during the rebellion against the Spaniards, directed by Mario O’hara.
–Pink Halo-Halo, the harrowing experience of a boy who learns about his father’s death through a TV news program, directed by Jay Altarejos.
–Sigwa, the story of a Fil-Am journalist who covered the turbulent martial law era in 1975 and was arrested and deported, directed by Joel Lamangan.
–Two Funerals, a black comedy about a mix-up of two corpses and two families’ frantic efforts to set things right, directed by Gil Portes.
The ten New Breed directors are the following, with their work:
–Danny Anonuevo, Rekrut
–Sheron Dayoc, Halaw
–Kim Homer C. Garcia, Magkapatid
–Art Katipunan, Si Techie, si Technoby at si Juana B
–Ian-Dean S. Lorenos, The Leaving
–Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Limbunan
–Dennis Marasigan, Siya ang Mayor Ko
–Arnel Mardoquio, Sheika
–Francis Xavier Pasion, Sampaguita
–Dan Villegas and Paul Sta. Ana, Mayohan
The best Open Category film will receive P300,000 and the Balanghai trophy while the best New Breed film will get P200,000 and the Balanghai trophy.
The five Open category entries were selected from 24 films submitted by veteran directors, those who have directed three full-length films which were shown in commercial theatres or cinemahouses.
The ten New Breed entries were chosen from 119 entries submitted October last year.
Cinemalaya, which began in 2005, is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims “to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.”
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