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Cinemalaya Film Fest opens doors for new entries in its 15th edition

The 14th Cinemalaya Film Festival concludes with the Best Director Che Espiritu of “Pan De Salawal” and Best Film with “Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon” last August 12. (Photo by dzRH Christhel Cuazon)

Following its successful run in August, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is once again opening its doors to interested film-makers to submit their entries for its 15th season.

All interested filmmakers must submit their applications on or before October 26, 2018, 6:00 PM, at the Media Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

The Cinemalaya Committee has been encouraging all filmmakers, amateur or not, to submit their entries for the Cinemalaya main full-length competition. Meanwhile, Filipino filmmakers residing abroad may be accepted only in exceptional cases such as the submission of a superior material and if both director and producer can personally meet with the Competition Committee to discuss their material.

All entries must be submitted in a long brown envelope properly labeled with the name/s of proponent/s, title of film entry, and contact details, containing the duly accomplished 2020 Entry Form available at or, with resume of proponent, two 2×2 recent photos of proponent, and sample of a short film directed by the proponent (between 5 to 20-minutes long) in data file on DVD or in a Flashdrive.

Interested participants may submit a maximum of three entries. However, only one entry per proponent may be considered as a finalist.

All works must be strictly independent films and not produced by commercial producers to guarantee the participants’ full creative control over the film. However, a producer or line producer can only have a maximum of two films-in-competition.

All works must have their premiere screening at the Cinemalaya Festival. Meanwhile, works that are already in production phase prior to August 2020 will be disqualified.

For full mechanics and more information, visit or You may also call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division Office at 832-1125 local 1704 and 1705 or visit their office during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), from Tuesday to Friday, 4/F CCP Main Building, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

The Cinemalaya Film Festival has become homegrown of talents for the young actors and filmmakers who are eyeing to be big in the industry. Some of the well-known actors who debuted their career in Cinemalaya are Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Benjamin Alves, Janine Gutierrez, Barbara Miguel, Carl Dala, CJ Navato, Katrina Legaspi, Therese Malvar, and some more.

In the recently concluded 14th Cinemalaya, Therese  Malvar was named as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film entries Distance and School Service. Meanwhile, the first-time director Che Espiritu was hailed as the Best Director for her film Pan De Salawal.


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