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What makes Cinemalaya 2018 truly exciting?

/ 05:01 AM August 06, 2018

Gary Devilles

Gary Devilles
Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino

“I want to see more stories like ‘Respeto.’ This year’s Cinemalaya films in competition are really promising. I am looking forward to see films from directors and screenwriters who read literature.”


Teri Malvar

Teri Malvar
“Distance” actress

“This year’s lineup is truly exciting. I think we have become more diverse with each film. We have films that talk about martial law, films that are rom-coms, about drama, about poverty and magic realism and many more. It’s like having lots of food on our table to be catered to many, not to mention that its excellent quality.”


Laurice Guillen

Laurice Guillen
Cinemalaya Foundation president

“While we have touched base with the mainstream, the new filmmaker’s journey continues, not only to search for subjects that engage the audience but also to journey inwards to find the unique voice he or she has within himself or herself. This is what we look for in every new film. Our new films this year interestingly enough have variety of themes and subjects, even genre; martial law, comedy, psycho drama.”

Zig Dulay

Zig Dulay

“Cinemalaya has always been exciting because it is a festival of quality indie movies from both neophyte and established filmmakers. Every Cinemalaya season, it’s like a new spring for me as a filmmaker since I am motivated by the new voices that the festival introduces to dream. It’s really a different feeling. Cinemalaya allows us filmmakers to dream and dream big.”

Treb Monteras

Alberto “Treb” Monteras III
“Respeto,” 2017 Cinemalaya Best Picture, writer-director

“Based on the trailers and synopses, I’m looking forward to see ‘ML’ by Benedict Mique, ‘Kuya Wes’ by James Mayo, ‘Paano Hinihintay ang Dapit Hapon’ by Carlo Enciso Catu and ‘Liway’ by Kip Oebanda. These year’s lineup is very exciting because half of the contestants are first-time filmmakers and the other half are experienced filmmakers. It’s really hard to predict which ones will get the most awards but I think ‘Kuya Wes’ would be an easy crowd favorite. I’m also excited to see the performances of Glaiza de Castro, Iza Calzado and Ai-Ai de las Alas.”

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