Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cinemalaya 2011 in CCP & Greenbelt 3

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Thirty one (31) digital films in competition, plus more than a hundred in exhibition, new sections, and a second festival venue all make Cinemalaya 2011 bigger and better. The film festival will reach a wider audience as it will be held in 2 venues simultaneously on July 15-24, 2011: Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila and Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, in cooperation with Ayala Theaters Management.  The addition of Greenbelt 3 as a second major venue for the festival is part of the vision of Cinemalaya organizers to make the Festival more accessible to the growing number of audiences that attend Cinemalaya.

You can also check:
(1) 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival: 9 Full-length Films (New Breed category) - with posters, synopses & film trailers
(2) 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival: 10 Short Films - with posters, synopses & film trailers
(3) 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival: 4 Full-length Films (Directors Showcase category) - with posters, synopses & film trailers
(4) 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival: NETPAC Premieres, Focus Asia, Closing Films & Midnite Specials

 Laurice Guillen giving her opening remarks

Cinemalaya 2011 presscon was held on June 8, 2011 at CCP. Now on its 7th year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed full length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors.

Cinemalaya 7 Omnibus Plug

Nine (9) films will compete in the New Breed full length feature category; Ten (10) films in the Short feature category and Four (4) films in the Directors Showcase.

Filmmaker Finalists in the New Breed category

Competing in the New Breed category are nine (9) full-length films:
  • Amok (Amok) by Lawrence Fajardo; 
  • Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez;
  • Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) by Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan; 
  • Bahay Bata (Baby Factory) by Eduardo W. Roy, Jr. and Jerome Zamora; 
  • Cuchera by Joseph Israel M. Laban; 
  • I-libings: Your Loss, Our Luck (E-funerals) by Rommel Andreo Sales; 
  • Ligo na U, Lapit Na Me (Star Crossed Love) by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio and Erick Salud; 
  • Nino by Loy Arcenas; and 
  • Teoriya (Father’s Way) by Alistaire Christian E. Chan

The nine (9) finalists of the New Breed Full Length Feature category each received a P500,000 seed grant from the Cinemalaya Foundation as investment for the production. The Best Full Length Feature Film will receive a prize of P200,000 and the Balanghai Trophy. The New Breed Full Length feature category is open to Filipino filmmakers who have not yet directed more than three full feature films.

 Filmmaker Finalists in the Short Feature category

The ten (10) finalists in the Short Feature category are:
  • Debut by Pamela Llanes Reyes, 
  • Every Other Time by Gino M. Santos, 
  • Hanapbuhay (Source of Living) by Henry Frejas, 
  • Hazard by Mikhail Red, 
  • Immanuel by Gabriel “Gio” Puyat, 
  • Nino Bonito by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino, 
  • Oliver’s Apartment by Misha Balangue, 
  • Samarito (Samaritan) by Rafael L. Santos, 
  • Un Diutay Mundo (One Small World) by Ana Carlyn V. Lim  and 
  • Walang Katapusang Kwarto (An Endless Room) by Emerson Reyes

The winner of the Short Feature Category will receive a prize of P100,000.00 and the Balanghai trophy.

 Filmmaker Finalists in the Directors Showcase category

The four (4) finalists in the Directors Showcase are:
  • Bisperas (Eve) by Jeffrey Jeturian; 
  • Busong (Palawan Fate) by Auraeus Solito; 
  • Isda (Fable of the Fish) by Adolfo Alix Jr. and 
  • Patikul by Joel C. Lamangan

The finalists of the Directors showcase each received a P500,000 seed grant from the Cinemalaya Foundation. The Best Film in the Directors Showcase will receive a prize of P300,000 and the Balanghai Trophy. The Directors Showcase is open to full length feature works by Filipino directors who have directed at least three full-length commercial feature films.

There are new sections that are offered this year, making it bigger and better, to showcase more films to a wider audience. Focus Asia will feature eight (8) independent works by Asian directors from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore and Japan. The Ronwaldo Reyes Retrospective, presented in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film, will highlight the directorial works of National Artist Fernando Poe Jr., better known to Filipinos as an action star. The Cinemalaya Documentary section, presented in cooperation with Calata Corporation, offers a hefty and more substantial helping of films on various aspects of Philippine life and society.

 Chris Millado giving his closing remarks

Two theaters at Greenbelt 3 will be dedicated to Cinemalaya on July 16-24, 2011.  The films to be shown at Greenbelt will be those in competition in the New Breed Full Length Feature category, the Short Feature Category, the Directors Showcase, and NETPAC Philippine Premieres.  The films of the  new Focus Asia section of Cinemalaya will also be shown at Greenbelt.

At the CCP, the Festival will be held in seven (7) venues. The opening ceremony is slated on July 15, 6:00 pm followed by the festival opening film at the CCP Main Theater. The Cinemalaya Awards Night will be held on July 24, 2011, 7:00 pm at the same venue.

 As the host, Irene Rada giving some reminders and wrapping up the event

Another section competing in the Cinemalaya are the NETPAC Philippine Premieres with eight (8) films, Ani (a harvest of the best Filipino Indie Films of the past year), Kids Treats (indie films for children) and Midnite Specials (indie films with adult themes).

(L-R) Tirso Cruz III, Glaiza de Castro, Paolo Avelino, Adolfo Alix Jr.

Paolo Avelino, Alemberg Ang, Rocco Nacino 
of Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Cinemalaya will also have the Cinemalaya Film Congress, which will carry the theme "Building Bridges Across Asia Through Films," and other film related events such as the Sine Taktakan (forum with 2011 Cinemalaya filmmakers), lectures and exhibits. Everyone is invited to watch and participate.

Alemberg Ang, Zurich Chan (Teorya; Boca, Cinemalaya 2010), 
Sheron Dayoc (Halaw, Cinemalaya 2010) & me

You can also avail of the Cinemalaya Passes now so you won't need to wait for the long queues at the ticket booth.

For more information, please call the CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704 and CCP Media Arts at (632) 832-1125 local 1204/05 or visit the CCP website and Cinemalaya website.

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