IN PHOTOS: 30 Years of Alternative Cinema at the CCP

Photos by Euden Valdez

ESTABLISHED in 1987, the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video has become the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia. Throughout the three decades, it has discovered and developed cinematic talents in the country. 

Last Augustust 4 to 6, Gawad CCP Alternatibo held its 30th edition at the Cultural Center of Philippines in time with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independen Film Festival. It cited the best efforts of Filipino filmmakers in four categories: Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Short Feature. 

To highlight its rich cinematic history, the Gawad CCP Alternatibo also staged an exhibition featuring reels from as early as the competition’s beginning, drawings used for animated entries, visions behind experimental films, and a collection of scripts, photos and mementos throughout the years.

Also on view are the evolution of cameras used in filmmaking, signifying how the local cinema—mainstream or independent—has evolved itself.

​Take a glimpse below: 

Posters of the CCP Gawad Alternatibo’s editions in the first decade.

Sketches laid over movie stills.

A showcase of early film projection.

Old video recorders.

How do you imagine Pinoy cinema 100 years from now?

The exhibit is ongoing at the CCP Main Gallery until September 23. Make sure to take a look in your next visit at the CCP.

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