Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival

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 11th edition of the festival was held from August 7–15, 2015 in 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.

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

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. In 2015, there was no competition for both new breed and Directors' Showcase instead the Cinemalaya Foundation decided to focus on Short Films. During the 2015 Awarding Ceremony, The Cinemalaya Foundation announced that on its 12th edition, there will two competitions, the Main Competition (Full Length Feature) and the short film features.[4]

New Breed

Year Best Film Best Direction Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
2005 Pepot Artista
by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.
Rica Arevalo
(ICU Bed#7)
Eddie Garcia
(ICU Bed#7)
Meryll Soriano
(Room Boy)
*no award *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) Mylene Dizon (100) Yul Servo (Brutus) Eugene Domingo (100)
2009 Last Supper No. 3
by Veronica Velasco
GB Sampedro (Squalor) Lou Veloso (Colorum) Ina Feleo (Sanglaan) Arnold Reyes (Squalor) Tessie Tomas (Sanglaan)
2010 Halaw by Sheron Dayoc Sheron Dayoc (Halaw) John Arcilla (Halaw) Lovi Poe (Mayohan) Emilio Garcia (Rekrut) 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) Eugene Domingo
(Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Arthur Acuña (Niño) Shamaine Buencamino (Niño)
2012 Diablo by Mes de Guzman Mes de Guzman (Diablo) Kristoffer King (Oros) Ama Quiambao (Diablo) Joross Gamboa
(Intoy Siyokoy)
Anita Linda (Sta. Niña)
2013 Transit by Hannah Espia Hannah Espia (Transit) Mimi Juareza
(Quick Change)
Irma Adlawan (Transit) Joey Paras (Babagwa) Jasmine Curtis (Transit)
2014 Bwaya by Francis Xavier Pasion Giancarlo Abrahan V (Dagitab) Dante Rivero
(1st ko si 3rd)
Eula Valdez (Dagitab) Miggs Cuaderno (Children's Show) Barbie Forteza (Mariquina)

Directors' Showcase

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

Main Competition ( Full Length Feature )

Year Best Film Best Direction Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
2016[5] Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr. Eduardo Roy Jr (Pamilya Ordinaryo) Tommy Abuel
Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo) Lou Veloso, Jun Urbano, Leo Rialp, and Nanding Josef
(Hiblang Abo)

Short Film Feature

Year Best Film Best Direction Best Screenplay Special Jury Prize NETPAC Prize Audience Choice Award
2015 [6] Pusong Bato (Stone Heart) by Martika Ramirez Escobar Lisyun Qng Geografia (Geography Lessons) by Petersen Vargas Papetir by Darwin Novicio Wawa by Anj Macalanda Wawa by Anj Macalanda Sanctissima by Kenneth Dagatan
2016 [7] Pektus by Isabel Quesada Mon A.L. Garilao (Fish Out of Water') Isabel Quezada (Pektus') Fish Out of Water by (Mon A.L. Garilao') Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by (Ang Maangas") Forever Natin by (Cyrus Valdez')


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