Eight feature length films and 10 short films will vie for awards in the second year staging of Cinemalaya after a successful launching year which saw some of its films contending with mainstream movies in various film award ceremonies this year.
The 2006 Cinemalaya will be held in five venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex—the main theater, the little theater, the dream theater, the multi-purpose hall and Silangan Hall.
The Cinemalaya brochure lists the following as the feature length films in competition:
–Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo, directed by Nick Olanka, starring Johnny Delgado, Boots Anson Roa, Jennifer Sevilla among others. The story of seven individuals who are given a day to resolve their separate problems. The decisions they make are as important as the choices not taken.
–Saan Nagtatago si Happiness, directed by Florida Bautista, starring Caridad Sanchez, Ricky Davao, Rez Cortez among others. The story of the fiftyish Tonio who is torn between finding his mother at any cost and pursuing a young woman’s heart.
–Mudraks, directed by Arah Jell Badayos and Margaret Guzman, starring Rio Locsin and Ricky Davao. The story of a mother whose world changes when she espies an entry in her daughter’s journal she is not supposed to read.
–Donsol, directed by Adolfo B. Alix Jr., starring Sid Lucero, Angel Aquino, Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose, Bembol Roco, Mark Gil among others. The story of a young whaleshark guide who finds himself drawn to a beautiful aand mysterious woman.
–Tulad ng Dati, directed by Mike Escareal Sandejas, starring The Dawn, Ping Medina, Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon among others. The story of Jeff Pangan who wakes up from
a coma with no memory of his life after 1998. The story of the rock band The Dawn accompanied by their celebrated music.
–In Da Red Corner, directed by Dado Lumibao, starring Meryll Soriano, Aiza Marquez among others. This is the story told in the three days before a big boxing championship night as a female boxer prepares for her chance at glory.
–Rotonda, directed by Ron Bryant, starring Mark Gil, Meryll Soriano, Epy Quizon, Emilio Garcia, Celso Ad. Castillo among others. The story of a marked one-thousand peso bill which transfers hands like a ticking time bomb.
–Batad: Sa Paang Palay, directed by Benji Garcia, starring Gina Alajar, Nonie Buencamino among others. The story of a 14-year-old boy who is obsessed to own a pair of rubber shoes as he aspires to make it big in the city.
The short films in competition are:
–10:25 Ng Gabi, directed by Reggie Gulle.
–Gee-Gee at Waterina, directed by Mariami Tanangco.
–Kwarto, directed by Jose Maria Emmanuel C. Taylo.
–Labada, directed by Raz de la Torre.
–No Passport Needed, directed by Jeanne Lim.
–Orasyon, directed by Rommel ‘Milo’ Tolentino.
–Parang Pelikula, directed by Hubert Tibi.
–Putot, directed by Joel Ruiz.
–Puwang, directed by Anna Isabelle Matutina.
–Sa Silaw (Blinding Light), directed by Reinzi I. Balao.