The Juice Bloggers
By: Juice.ph Team
Twenty-five new digital films will compete in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition from July 20 to 29 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay, Greenbelt 3 in Makati, and TriNoMa in Quezon City.
This year, Cinemalaya grows even bigger with the addition of a new major venue at TriNoMa, extending the reach of the festival. The inclusion of a third major venue is part of the vision to make the festival more accessible to its growing audience.
Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed Full-Length Feature and the Short Feature; both featuring the works by new directors. Meanwhile, the Directors’ Showcase is a competition for films by already established directors.
Directors who participated in the Directors’ Showcase include Jun Robles Lana with Bwakaw; Adolfo Alix Jr. with Kalayaan (Wildlife); Jose Javier Reyes with Mga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets); Lawrence Fajardo with Posas (Shackled); and Raymond Red with Kamera Obskura.
Ten films will compete in the New Breed Full-Length Feature category: Vincent Sandoval’s Aparisyon, Aloy Adlawan’s Ang Katiwala, Marietta Jamora’s Ang Nawawala, Julius Sotomayor Cena’s Mga Dayo, Mes de Guzman’s Diablo, Lemuel C. Lorca’s Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino, Paul Sta. Ana’s Oros, Loy Arcenas’ REquieme!, Emmanuel Quindo Palo’s Santa Nina, and Gino M. Santos’ The Animals.
Also, there are ten films in the Short Feature competition: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong, Sheron Dayoc’s As He Sleeps, Emmanuel Escalona Jr.’s Balintuna, Nadjoua Bansil’s Bohe Sons of the Waves, Richard Legaspi’s Manenaya, Mario Celada’s Pasahero, Hannah Espia’s Ruweda, Marianito Dio Jr.’s Sarong Aldaw, Chuck Gutierrez’ Ulian (Serenity), and Jarell M. Serencio’s Victor.
Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Econolink Investments, Inc. and the CCP. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic ingenuity.