SM Cinemas will be screening indie films year-round starting this April

In eight major SM malls nationwide!


( If you love indie films, you probably already know the struggle. You're often waiting for the next film festival for your indie fix, or you have to work your schedule around those of alternative cinemas in the Metro. Now, you don't have to venture very far or even wait very long to see some thought-provoking films!


Cine Lokal is the newest three-year partnership between the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and SM Cinemas. Select SM Cinema branches will be screening independent and award-winning local films, alongside some critically acclaimed foreign films, too!


Cine Lokal will be at select cinemas in eight malls nationwide: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Iloilo, SM Southmall, SM Cebu, SM Bacoor, and SM Mall of Asia. The films are all curated by the FDCP, and they will all be screened for at least a week. (If a particular film does well, its theatrical run could be extended.)



They will be hosting four screenings a day so you can head over any time you want. Tickets are currently at an introductory price of P120 a film, and will eventually have a P150 base price. Cine Lokal officially starts on April 19 and will run all year!


To kick things off, they're doing a Lenten season theme with movies that tackle faith, religion, and human nature. The roster includes Ishmael Bernal's classic Himala (starring Nora Aunor), Mel Chiongco's Iadya Mo Kami, Ruben Marie Soriquez's Of Sinners and Saints, and Tom McCarthy's Oscar-winning film, Spotlight.



Is your schedule completely packed? Don't despair; after the films' theatrical run in Cine Lokal, you can catch them in SM Cinema's video-on-demand streaming app, Blink, for a limited time. Payment is on a per-title basis.


For schedules and more information, log on to Film Development Council of the Philippines' official Facebook page or Cine Lokal's official Facebook page.


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