Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival

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Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival
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Location Pasay City, Philippines
Founded 2005
Hosted by Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.
Number of films 25
Language Filipino and/or other Philippine languages

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film festival in the Philippines held annually during the months of July and August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Its aim is the development and promotion of Filipino independent films.[1] The film festival is organized by the Cinemalaya Foundation, with the support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc.

Each year, the Festival provides "seed investments" of 500,000 (US$10,000~) to ten independent filmmakers. These ten "finalists" are culled from hundreds of submissions from all over the Philippines. Their films debut at the festival, together with in-competition short films, as well as various out-of-competition works.

The festival organizing committee is headed by veteran Filipino director and actress Laurice Guillen. The committee oversees the production of the films, sometimes interfering with filmmakers' artistic decisions.[2] The current 10th edition of the festival was held from August 1-10 of 2014 at Metro Manila, Philippines.


The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films in the New Breed Full Length Category are then featured in festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every July and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase. Along with these competition films are an array of exhibitions that include Tributes to Past Indie Mavericks of Pinoy Cinema, a Cinemalaya Kids’ Treats, World Premieres of New Digital Works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize), and other modules.

Aside from the screenings are other exciting film-related events: the Cinemalaya Film Congress, a two-day conference that looks at all aspects of independent filmmaking and distribution; the Cinemalaya Sine Taktakan, a forum with the year’s batch of new Cinemalaya filmmakers; and a host of other events.[3]

Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.[edit]

The Cinemalaya Foundation is a non-stock, not-for-profit, non-government foundation, committed to the development and promotion of Philippine Independent film.

The Cinemalaya Foundation was established for the following purposes: to help develop and support the production of cinematic works of Filipino independent filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity; to discover, encourage, support, train and recognize gifted Filipino independent filmmakers; to promote Filipino independent films locally and internationally; and to establish a network for exchange, communication, and cooperation among members of the independent film sector.

The core project of the Cinemalaya is the annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which provide financial grants for the production of, at most, 10 full-length feature films which will then compete for the Best Full-length Film award. It also awards financial grants to the production of five full length feature films by veteran directors in the Directors Showcase category. The Cinemalaya competition also recognizes the work of short filmmakers . The Cinemalaya Independent Film Congress is an important component of the Festival, providing a venue for interaction and dialogue between alternative filmmakers and those in the mainstream.

The Cinemalaya Foundation also aims to support other projects such as national outreach, seminars and workshops on production, marketing and distribution of independent films. It hopes to strengthen the presence of Filipino independent films in foreign festivals and competitions, encouraging Filipino filmmakers to enter and be part of the international film circuit.

Major award winners[edit]

In 2010 (6th edition), the festival separated the full-length entries to two separate competitions: The Directors' Showcase and the New Breed section. The five feature-film entries will compete under the Directors' Showcase which are presented by veteran film directors of the country. While the other ten feature-film entries will compete under the New Breed section which are presented by first-time or young filmmakers working today. The Short Film section has also ten competing entries.

New Breed[edit]

Year Best Film Best Direction Best Performance of an Actor Best Performance of a Supporting Actor Best Performance of an Actress Best Performance of a Supporting Actress
2005 Pepot Superstar
by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.
Rica Arevalo
(ICU Bed#7)
Eddie Garcia
(ICU Bed#7)
*no award Meryll Soriano
(Room Boy)
*no award
2006 Tulad ng Dati by Mike Sandejas Ron Bryant (Rotonda) Alchris Galura (Batad) Angel Aquino (Donsol)
2007 Tribu by Jim Libiran Auraeus Solito (Pisay) The ensemble of (Tribu) Ina Feleo (Endo)
2008 Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion Chris Martinez (100) Baron Geisler (Jay) Yul Servo (Brutus) Mylene Dizon (100) Eugene Domingo (100)
2009 Last Supper No. 3
by Veronica Velasco
GB Sampedro (Squalor) Lou Veloso (Colorum) Arnold Reyes (Squalor) Ina Feleo (Sanglaan) Tessie Tomas (Sanglaan)
2010 Halaw by Sheron Dayoc Sheron Dayoc (Halaw) John Arcilla (Halaw) Emilio Garcia (Rekrut) Lovi Poe (Mayohan) LJ Reyes (The Leaving)
2011 Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
by Marlon Rivera
Marlon Rivera
(Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Edgar Allan Guzman (Ligo na Ü, Lapit na Me) Arthur Acuña (Niño) Eugene Domingo
(Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Shamaine Buencamino (Niño)
2012 Diablo by Mes de Guzman Mes de Guzman (Diablo) Kristoffer King (Oros) Joross Gamboa
(Intoy Siyokoy)
Ama Quiambao (Diablo) Anita Linda (Sta. Niña)
2013 Transit by Hannah Espia Hannah Espia (Transit) Mimi Juareza
(Quick Change)
Joey Paras (Babagwa) Irma Adlawan (Transit) Jasmine Curtis (Transit)
2014 Bwaya by Francis Xavier Pasion Giancarlo Abrahan V (Dagitab) Dante Rivero
(1st ko si 3rd)
Miggs Cuaderno (Children's Show) Eula Valdez (Dagitab) Barbie Forteza (Mariquina)

Directors' Showcase[edit]

Year Best Film Best Direction Best Performance of an Actor Best Performance of a Supporting Actor Best Performance of an Actress Best Performance of a Supporting Actress
2010 Donor by Mark Meily Gil Portes (Two Funerals) Baron Geisler (Donor) Tirso Cruz III (Sigwa) Meryll Soriano (Donor) Karla Pambid (Donor)
2011 Bisperas by Jeffrey Jeturian Auraeus Solito (Busong) Bembol Roco (Isda) Jim Pebanco (Patikul) Raquel Villavicencio
Julia Clarete (Bisperas)
2012 Posas by Lawrence Fajardo Raymond Red
(Kamera Obskura)
Eddie Garcia (Bwakaw) Arthur Acuña (Posas) Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen (Mga Mumunting Lihim)
2013 Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati) *no winner TJ Trinidad (Sana Dati) Vilma Santos (Ekstra) Ruby Ruiz (Ekstra)
2014 Kasal by Joselito Altarejos Mike Tuviera (The Janitor) Robert Arevalo
(Hari ng Tondo)
Nicco Manalo
(The Janitor)
Nora Aunor (Hustisya) Cris Villonco
(Hari ng Tondo)


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