Over a Hundred Free Screenings to Catch at 1st Digital Edition of Cinemalaya

THE Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival has officially opened yesterday, albeit a digital edition in response to the ongoing global health crisis we are all facing. While we’ll be missing the sense of community we get from going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, catching online screenings, on the hand, gives another good thing: accessibility.

Imagine, you can watch a set of films for only P75? This is for the Regular Bundle featuring Main Competition Shorts A and B (five films per program); Indie Nation full-length: Mindanao; Cinemalaya Retro full-length Jay and Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (Double Feature A); and Cinemalaya Retro full-lengths Amok and Ekstra (Double Feature B).

Triple Feature, priced at P150, gives you access to Premieres of short films Basurero by Eileen Cabiling, Heneral Rizal by Chuck Gutierrez and Nang Em by Maria Ranillo. With Basic bundle also at P150, you can choose from 23 Indie Nation Shorts, four Indie Nation Full-Length films, two documentaries, or even more Cinemalaya Retrospective short features.

Standard bundle, priced at P200, lets you enjoy Main Competition Shorts A, Main Competition Shorts B, Indie Nation Shorts and Full-Length, Dokyu, Cinemalaya Retro Full-Length and Shorts.

Lastly, for P350, the Premium bundle gives you access to all featured films, talkbacks with filmmakers, the Cinemalaya Campus talks, Tribute to Peque Gallaga and Anita Linda, Digital Classics, Experiments During Quarantine (VLF Kapit Plays), and other Fringe events.

But it doesn’t end there. Cinemalaya understands that life could be little tough on the pocket nowadays. If so, don’t worry. You can watch these free screenings of selected Cinemalaya featured films:

Award-winning international shorts

Watch award-winning short stories from across the Asia in Visions of Asia and Allied Festival sections. 

Featured films include: My Little Goat by director Misato Tomoki; A Japanese Boy Who Draws by director Kawajiri Masanao; A Sunny Day by director Faouzi Bensaidi; Hungry Seagull by director Leon Wang; Olmo by director Silvio Soldini; Tua Ingugu by director Daniela Thomas; and I Am American by director Omid Mirzaei.

These films screenings are made possible through the partnerships with Eiga Sai Japan Film Festival, EuroPelikula, and Iran Film Festival.

Ricky Lee class reunion

Award-winning playwright Ricky Lee will have a class reunion with the alumni of his writing workshop, which started in 1982. Cinemalaya will host the grand reunion on August 8, at 1pm. It will be streamed online via the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU.

Cinemalaya Campus

Not to be missed are the sessions of Cinemalaya Campus, free live streaming on the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU from August 10 to August 14. You can also watch the Cinemalaya Campus Short Shorts Winners on August 14; it will be screened within the Cinemalaya Campus session.

Gawad Alternatibo finalists

Themed LIGALIG: Gawad Alt 2.0, this year’s Gawad Alternatibo Para sa Pelikula at Video screens all entry films for free:

Animation: Avarus by Ed John B. Dela Cruz, Bigas by Bryan Almoneda, Elated by Jessamin Damsid, Meowbot3000 vs Fishzilla by Mio Dagsaan, Nemesis by Lowell Jay Bertus dela Cruz, Pula by Dominic James Barrios, Sarung Banggi by Dominic James Barrios, Pauwi Ka Na Ba? by Angel Tomas

Experimental: Gitlo by Bobby A. Villacarlos II, Blinkers by JP Bonoan, Laugh and Die by Jonathan Jose Zamora Olarte, Man in a Barrel by Noli Manaig, Panaglagip (In Memoriam) by Danielle Madrid, A Study on the Pipe Dreams by Jose Alfonso Y. de Vera, Hollow Blocks by Jonathan Jose Zamora Olarte, Pantayong Pananaw by Vic Teaño, Power Violence by Tron Victoriano and Chino de Vera, Recreated Figures by Beverly Ramos, Walls Could Talk by Anton Guiller R. Nartea


Program A: Still Here, Still Walking by Katrina Isabelle G. Catalan, City Painted in Red by Kim Angela A. Santos, Mga Huni sa Kabundukan by Demie Dangla, Dagami Daytoy by Nonilon Abao, A Remembering of Disremembering by Cris A. Bringas, and Panaghoy sa Selda by Ruth Camacho

Program B: Para Atleta by Jonida Sofia Licup, Kalawayan by Ian Prietts Erta and Carlo James Buan, Flowers from the Fields by John Gabriel Faustino, Contemporary Bayani by Najeel Ayra S. Barrios, Mama at 15 by T-Jay Medina and Dorothy Ruth Gonzaga, Doon sa Sitio San Roque by Eudel Ayuban, Teatro ng Pagtangis by Glenn Atanacio

Short Feature

Program A: Proj. Imakulada by Jan Michael V. Bernardino, Bukog by Kevin Pison Piamonte, Tambay by Zyril Bundoc, Papapa by Gian Andre Rembrandt Arre, Victoriana by Cecil Chloe L. Capatoy

Program B: Eklipse by Jessa Doydora, Garing by Dan Djerico Pablo, Sorry by Kristian A. Cruz, Ang Nasilaw by Moises Francisco Soriano, Sa Hunasan May Santermo by Nino B. Maldecir

Program C: I Killed My Mother by Christian Villanueva, Anne’s Talkshow by Gian Andre Rembrandt Arre, Maupay Nga Aga, Punita Kita by Joi Villablanca, Sa Adlaw na Nabiyaan mi sa School Bus by Alyssa Ashley Manugas, Barbie at Charlie by Bridgette Ann Rebuca, Ang Nawalang Haligi by Sarah Mya M. Regacho

Now on its 32nd year of annually citing the country’s most outstanding film and video artists, the Gawad Alternatibo is considered the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia.

Gawad Special Screenings

There will also be Gawad Special Screenings, featuring films from the European Union and Embassy of Iran under the CCP Arthouse Cinema section, shorts from the School of Slow Media coupled with a human-centered storytelling workshop, the QuaranTimes Chronicles shorts and docu essays from alternative media organizations, and the winning shorts from DepEd’s National Festival of Talents-Sineliksik Competitions.


Know who will take home the plum awards in the Cinemalaya Awards program on August 12, 2pm. There will also be a Closing Program on August 16, also at 2pm. You can watch both events live in the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages, KUMU and Vimeo.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.cinemalaya.org, or follow the CCP official account in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may also check out the official Cinemalaya Facebook page.

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