Latest Stories

Cinemalaya 8 hooks viewers with ‘Full Force’ and more

By ,


On its eighth installment, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival bore a bold title that was not only an effective come-on but also an apt description of the over-all quality of this year’s batch of well-received films, the efforts that went into the various productions, and even the event’s general audience, which had undoubtedly grown, filling theaters and selling out tickets in all three venues from July 20 to 29.

From the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to Greenbelt 3 to Trinoma, it was evident that even the strong rains of the wet season, which usually dampened interest in the festival, was no match for Cinemalaya 8: Full Force.

Coco Martin

This year, the event featured 31 films, with 25 as entries in competition and the others in special screenings. Competition films were grouped into the usual Cinemalaya categories: Directors Showcase, New Breed and Short Films.

Veterans and youngbloods

Directors Showcase includes films of seasoned filmmakers who have made at least three films. Among the entries were “Bwakaw” by Jun Robles Lana; “Kalayaan” (Wildlife) by Adolfo Alix Jr.; “Kamera Obskura” by Raymond Red; “Mga Mumunting Lihim” (Those Little Secrets) by Jose Javier Reyes; and “Posas” (Shackled) by Lawrence Fajardo.

Glaiza de Castro

New Breed showcases the works of the up-and-coming directors of Philippine independent cinema. Included in this year’s roster were “Aparisyon” by Vincent Sandoval; “Ang Katiwala” (The Caretaker) by Aloy Adlawan; “Ang Nawawala” by Marie Jamora; “Mga Dayo” (Resident Aliens) by Julius Sotomayor Cena; “Diablo” by Mes de Guzman; “Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino” by Lemuel C. Lorca; “Oros” by Paul Sta. Ana; “Requieme!” by Loy Arcenas; “Sta. Niña” by Emmanuel Quindo Palo; and “The Animals” by Gino M. Santos.

Ten short films were divided into two subgroups: Shorts A and Shorts B. Under Shorts A were “As He Sleeps” by Sheron Dayoc; “Balintuna” (Irony) by Emmanuel   Escalona Jr.; “Bohe Sons of the Waves” by Nadjoua Bansil; “Pasahero” (Passenger) by Mario “Max” Celada; and “Victor” by Jarell M. Serencio.

Shorts B included “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong” (Waiting to Whisper) by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernando; “Manenaya” (Waiting) by Richard Legaspi; “Ruweda” (Wheel) by Hannah Espia; “Sarong Aldaw” (One Day) by Marianito Dio Jr.; and “Ulian” (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez.

Mainstream actors

Shamaine Buencamino

As one of the clinchers of Cinemalaya 2012, full-length movies included prominent stars in the industry. This time, more mainstream and TV actors shared the screen with indie-film thespians, which is a promising development for Philippine cinema in general.

Special screenings of retrospective films were also held as tributes to the King of Comedy, Rodolfo Vera Quizon (Dolphy) and prominent director, screenwriter, and actor Mario O’Hara, whose cult movie “Babae sa Breakwater” officially opened the festival. Both cinema greats passed away this year.

Other works shown were CCP’s Ani 2011 Gawad winners in the categories of Animation, Experimental and Documentary, and selected  full-length and short films also from Ani.

Leo Martinez

The exhibition also included the Best of Cinemalaya 2011; Cinemalaya Documentaries; Special Screenings; and Retro films in different genres such as Experimental, Documentary, Animation and Short Film Narrative.

Supplementing the festival’s program were forums such as the Film Animation and Gaming Congress; the 2012 Manila Film Financing Forum; and this year’s Cinemalaya Congress, which explored the theme “Indie and Mainstream: Friends, Enemies, or Allies?” through panel sessions joined by experts and professionals in the field.

Soxy Topacio

Visual exhibits “Alitaptap Kikilap-Kilap” and “Portraits by Wig Tysmans” were also on display  throughout the event in CCP.

The former was a collection of movie advertisements in print that showcased films released from 1936 to 1941, which was considered the first Golden Age of Philippine cinema. The latter was a compilation of the portraits of this year’s competing directors who were able to bring in a little bit of everything to the table.

With Cinemalaya 8 an obvious success, all eyes will definitely be peeled to see if next year’s Philippine Independent Film Festival can take even its “Full Force” to the next level.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival , Cinemas , Independent Films , Lifestyle

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  2. Lover’s quarrel linked to hunger – study
  3. Encounter with a ‘Mangkukulam’
  4. ‘Kamias’ for fever, ‘siling labuyo’ for headache–first aid in the kitchen
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. ‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize
  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
  • uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
  • DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’