Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cinemalaya Film Festival 2010/ Hubo's "Ganap na Babae" as the opening film


Text lifted from Cinemalaya website:

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2010, now on its sixth year,  is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Econolink Investments, Inc. (EII).  It will be held on  July 9 to 18, 2010.

In the spirit of independent expression, the Cinemalaya Awards seeks to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

The works will be:
  • narrative features that articulate the Filipino identity and culture
  • in digital video format-to take advantage of this new, more accessible  technology
  • open to both filmmakers who have not yet directed a full-length commercial film, and filmmakers who have directed not more than three full-length commercial films.

Two main categories:
  • Short Feature –from 15 to 20 minutes
  • Full-Length Feature – from 90 to 120 minutes. 

Ten finalists were selected for the Full-length Feature category while ten finalists were selected for the Short Feature category.  In the Full-length Feature Film category, each of the ten finalists received a P500,000.00 seed grant from Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. as investment for the production. 

[Note: only nine (9) films are participating this year for the Full-length Feature category because the other one was dropped from the list for not being able to submit the requirements.] 

Awards are:
  • The Best Short Feature Film will receive a grant of P100,000.00 and the Balanghai Trophy.
  • The Best Full-length Feature Film will receive a grant of P200,000.00 and the Balanghai Trophy.  Awards for both categories will be given on 18 July 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
A new section, the Directors Showcase, is being introduced this year. This section features Filipino filmmakers who have directed at least three full-length feature films which have been released commercially.  Five finalists were selected to compete in this category.

Text taken from Cinemalaya website:

Hubo's Ganap na Babae opens 2010 Cinemalaya Filmfest

Hubo Productions’ Ganap na Babae is the opening film of the 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 9, 2010 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.  The gala premiere, slated at 6PM,  is a presentation of Hubo Productions, the Cinemalaya Foundation and the CCP.  

Ganap na Babae is a film for women made by women directors: Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos and Sarah Roxas. Starring a powerhouse cast led by the legendary Miss Boots Anson-Roa, Cannes’ Most Beautiful Actress Mercedes Cabral, Urian’s Best Supporting Actress Sue Prado and newcomer Jam Pérez.

Cabral plays a prostitute who bares her soul as a mother. Prado is a devoted sister who prefers to stay in her drought-ridden barrio to take care of the family. Anson-Roa plays a widow who falls in love with a younger man.

Three stories are interwoven to see the plight of Filipino women from the sensitive eyes of three contemporary women directors. Hubo Productions support the different voices of women and aims to expose the complexity of the individual through Ganap na Babae.

Now on its sixth year, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and integrity.  This year, it offers 24 new films in competition in the New Breed category and the Directors Showcase, the Cinemalaya Film Congress, the LVN retrospective, exhibition films, fora and exhibits.

For more information about Ganap na Babae, please visit

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