Milestones of Cinemalaya Film Fest

Since 2004, Cinemalaya attracted thousands of digital movie fanatics. It’s audience last year reached 50,000—that’s something for a middling indie movie event.

Last year was also a fruitful year. According to festival director Chris Millado, the films have won, and even dominated both local and international festivals.

For instance last year’s entries Niño, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank and Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa reaped awards here and abroad. Loy Arcenas’s Niño won Best Film at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea. It also earned for Shamaine Centenera, the Best Supporting Actress in Asian Film Festival in Hongkong and recently the Best Actor for Art Acuña in the Gawad Urian.

Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank won People’s Choice Award for Eugene Domingo in Asian Film festival in Hongkong and cited in several other film festivals. Alvin Yapan’s Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa swept the seven major plums in the recently-concluded Gawad Urian awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Roy’s Bahay Bata won a Special Citation at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Best First Time Director at the Las Palmas Film Festival. Full-length features Cuchera and Amok won awards in several film fests here and abroad.

For nine days, starting July 20, a total of 25 new indie films will be screened in three venues: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3 in Makati, and Trinoma in Quezon City—another first for Cinemalaya.

These films, commonly disregarded by the mainstream film community, are categorized into: New Breed Full Length Features; Director’s Showcase; and Short Features. (For the list of entries, visit Cinemalaya’s website.)

One response to “Milestones of Cinemalaya Film Fest

  1. Sayaw was actually screened last July at this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival and its screenings were all sold-out. It also won Best Music and Best Cinematography in this prestigious film festival. Also this year, the film was nominated as Best Feature Film for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and won a Bronze Prize at the Bogota International Film Festival in Colombia.

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