Cinemalaya 2014

       Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival or Cinemalaya, the premier supporter of films that showcase genuine artistic freedom in the country, will celebrate its tenth edition this year. Cinemalaya 2014 is aptly titled “A Decade of Connecting Dimensions”. The Directors Showcase includes five films from known directors, the New Breed features ten full-length films from neophyte directors, and two sets of short films highlight the works of 10 short filmmakers. Aside from these featured films, there will be film exhibitions of past Cinemalaya entries, seminars, conference and forums. The festival will run from August 1 to 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Fairview Terraces. This will be my sixth or seventh year of supporting Cinemalaya, and I am glad to see it grow from one venue (CCP) to five to make it more accessible to the moviegoers.

is the time of the year when all the roads lead to CCP

The films included in the Directors Showcase: Asintado by Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio, Hari ng Tondo by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Hustisya by Joel Lamangan, The Janitor by Michael Tuviera, and Kasal by Joselito Altarejos

Four of the films included in the New Breed: Dagitab (Sparks) by Giancarlo Abrahan V, K’na, The Dreamweaver by Ida Anita del Mundo, Separados by GB Sampedro, and Sundalong Kanin by Janice O’Hara and Denise O’Hara.

Two sets of short films that might surprise the audience with a masterpiece like “P” (one of my favorite Cinemalaya entries)

       Tickets for regular screening are P150 (US $3.46) and P200 (US $4.61) for MKP Hall screening. Students get 50% discount while senior citizens, PWD and military personnel get 20% discount. A festival (all access) pass costs P3500 (US $80.68) while an FIC (films-in-competition) pass costs P2500 (US $57.63). For inquiries, call Gemma Marco at 832-3706 or 832-1125 loc. 1803.

       For more information, please visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph or www.cinemalaya.org.

One thought on “Cinemalaya 2014

  1. I have to support Cinemalaya the next time around through watching its featured films.

    I think those films reveal the status quo of the Filipino society. To grasp the message, viewers must be open minded. I guess some film entries tackle the sensitive issues like same sex relationships, criminality, riot, killings, and more. Others express the manifestation of love and greediness on different types of person in Philippines society.

    We must give big thanks to those who have shared their labor of love through Cinemalaya, which had made the showcase of Filipino talents possible for years.

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