The Guide to Cinemalaya 2018

The country's premier local independent film festival is back!


( The country’s beloved local independent film festival is finally backCinemalaya 2018 has just released their lineup for this year's edition, which will run from August 3 to 12 in select Ayala Malls cinemas and various theaters in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ticket prices and movie screening schedules have yet to be announced.


This year, there are 10 full-length and 10 short film entries. Here are the ten feature films you can watch at this year's Cinemalaya:




Directed by: Perci Intalan


Liza (Iza Calzado) returns to the Philippines and reunites with her family she left five years ago. Now, the family struggles to stay civil and prevent tension, despite some divisive secrets from the past.



Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon

Directed by: Carlo Catu


Teresa is an old lady who happily lives with Celso, her longtime partner. Her estranged husband comes into the picture, seeking reconciliation hoping to make amends.



Kuya Wes 

Directed by: James Mayo


Kuya Wes is a money remittance clerk who falls in love with his customer—a married woman with marital problems. As Wes lends a helping hand to her, his own relationship with his brother goes downhill.




Directed by: Kip Oebanda


Based off a true story, Liway follows the story of an imprisoned mother (Glaiza de Castro) and her young son. Through the magic of storytelling, she creates a fantasy world for him in order to shield him from the harsh realities of growing up in prison.




Directed by: Denise O'Hara


An elderly woman battles the onset of senility and the loss of memory, and struggles as she attempts to reconnect with her estranged son.





Directed by: Benedict Mique


A group of young friends who wish to learn more about Martial Law get a chance encounter with an unrepentant apologist and retired general (Eddie Garcia).



Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma

Directed by: Iar Lionel Arondaing


A young Muslim girl comes of age amidst tribe wars. She falls in love and learns to stand for herself in the process.




Pan de Salawal

Directed by: Che Espiritu


A mysterious girl offers to heal the sick in a community that lives by a railroad by violently hurting them. She then meets Sal, a lonely panadero suffering from a kidney condition, whose only wish is to die.



School Service

Directed by: Louie Ignacio


A young girl is kidnapped, brought to Manila, and is forced to serve as a child beggar for a small crime syndicate.



The Lookout

Directed by: Afi Africa


The film follows the story of Lester Quiambao, a gay hired hitman who is out for revenge.



Additionally, here are the 10 short films you can catch this year:



Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah

Directed by: Xeph Suarez


Astri is a teenage transwoman in a relationship with 17-year old Tambulah. They are content with their lives as native dancers—that is, until Astri is forced into an arranged marriage with a woman she barely knows.



Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month

Directed by: Carlo Francisco Manatad


Jodilerks is an employee at a gas station. It’s her final shift and she decides to sign off in a very unique way.





Directed by: Kani Villaflor


Bruno, a little person, is tired of people telling him what to do. One day, he decides to quit his job as a waiter and joins an underground fight club.



Sa Saiyang Isla

Directed by: Christian Candelaria


A young boy struggles with his existence and gender identity. He finds solace by fulfilling his dream of becoming a mermaid.




Director: Glenn Barit

This experimental film shows the lives of different people who rent a single apartment at different time periods. The film shows their day-to-day lives during the time they have lived in the room.



You, Me, and Mr. Wiggles

Directed by: Jav Velasco


A couple struggles to deal with erectile dysfunction. In the process, feelings are bared and truths are revealed.





Directed by: Keith Deligero


Two girls discover they can travel back in time. With that, they hatched a plan to assassinate a barangay dictator in order to change the course of history.




Directed by: Jojo Driz


This touching story features a blind, aging man who makes a living by washing clothes. As he goes about his day-to-day activities, he contemplates life after losing the man he truly loves.



Siyudad sa Bulawan

Directed by: Jarell Serencio


Three young brothers are badly in need of cash. Despite its life-threatening conditions, they decide to take a job at the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal.




Directed by: Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan


A woman's brief journey into the afterlife is told through the art of dance.



For more information, log on to Cinemalaya's website or Facebook page. You can also call CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 local 1704 to 1705 or the CCP Box Office at 832-3704. 


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