Independent films or indie films will again take centerstage when Cinemalaya 2015 opens on August 7-15 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and other festival venues.
The organizing Cinemalaya Foundation also announced the finalists for the Short film category for the 2015 Cinemalaya Film Festival and Competition.
The ten finalists in the Short film Category are: Apasol by Ryan Joseph Murcia, Gatilyo ng Baril by Glenmark Doromal, Kyel by Arvin Belarmino, Lisyun Qng Geografia by Petersen Vargas, Mater by Annemikami Pablo, Nenok by Rommel Tolentino, Papetir by Darwin Novicio, Pusong Bato by Martika Ramirez Escobar, Sanctissima by Kenneth Dagatan and Wawa by Angelie Mae Macalanda.
The ten finalists were selected from a total of 150 entries for this year in only in the short film category. Winner will receive Php 150,000 cash prize.
In 2016, the full-length feature category will resume. There will be no subcategories for the full-length feature category as in past Cinemalaya festivals.
Ten finalists will be chosen for the full-length feature category which will be announced during the Awards Night of this year’s Festival.
Finalists will receive production grants of Php750,000 each, up from the previous Php 500,000 of previous years. The Best Film will receive a cash award of Php250,000. Cinemalaya 2016 will be held on August 5-14 at the CCP and other Festival venues.
After a successful decade and attaining premiere status as the Philippines’ leading independent film festival and competition, Cinemalaya is now expanding its mission to the training of practitioners in key aspects of film production and serving as an inspiration to independent filmmaking in Asia.
While it has sought to nurture Filipino filmmakers through the yearly competitions, Cinemalaya now wants to inspire Asian filmmakers by showcasing the Philippines as the cinematic center of creativity and free artistic expression and to professionalize film practitioners in various aspects of film production.
This year, Cinemalaya is launching the Cinemalaya Institute which will offer a three-semester program of intensive training in writing, directing and producing; cinematography, editing, sound and production design, music score and acting.
Cinemalaya Institute will open with the first cluster of courses in writing, directing and producing to be offered in June at the DLSU College of St. Benilde, one of the partners of Cinemalaya Foundation for this project. (Joel C. Atencio)