Catch the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2011 from July 15 to 24

The reel deal: get the lowdown on this year’s must-see flicks.

( The indie-mand film festival is back with bolder, more riveting, and socially relevant flicks from both seasoned and emerging filmmakers. Now on its seventh year, Cinemalaya 2011 will run from July 15 to 24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and from July 16 to 24 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas 3 and 5. "See the Unseen" is this year’s theme, and the festival will feature films that focus on passion, memory, truth, despair, obsession, terror.


To see the screening schedule and film synopses, click for more.


Nine films are competing in the New Breed full length feature category: 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; Niño by Loy Arcenas; and Teoriya (Father's Way) by Alistaire Christian E. Chan.



For the Short Feature category, 10 films made the cut: Debut by Pamela Llanes Reyes; Every Other Time by Gino M. Santos; Hanapbuhay (Source of Income) by Henry Frejas; Hazard by Mikhail Red; Immanuel by Gabriel "Gio" Puyat; Niño Bonito by Rommel "Milo" Tolentino; Oliver's Apartment by Misha Balangue; Samarito (Samaritan) by Rafael Santos; Un Diutay Mundo (One Small World) by Ana Carlyn V. Lim; and Walang Katapusang Kwarto (An Endless Room) by Emerson Reyes.


Four established directors compete in the Directors Showcase category: Jeffrey Jeturian for Bisperas (Eve); Auraeus Solito for Busong (Palawan Fate); Adolfo Alix Jr. for Isda (Fable of the Fish); and Joel C. Lamangan for Patikul.

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Quark Henares' Rakenrol premieres in Manila via Cinemalaya on July 23 at CCP. The Cinemalaya Awards Night is on July 24, 7 p.m. at the same venue.


Aside from the lineup of Cinemalaya films, Focus Asia will feature eight independent films by directors from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan. The Ronwaldo Reyes Retrospective will highlight the directorial works of National Artist Fernando Poe Jr. Documentaries on the different aspects of Philippine society will be presented in the Cinemalaya Documetary section. Other sections of Cinemalaya include the NETPAC Philippine Premieres with eight competing films, Ani featuring the best Filipino indie films from the past year, Kids Treats presenting indie films for kids, and Midnight Specials with adult-themed indie works.


Cinemalaya has also organized the Cinemalaya Film Congress with events like forums, lectures, and exhibits.


For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or the CCP Media Arts Office at 832-1125 local 1204/05. Log on to and for more details and updates.




Photos courtesy of Cinemalaya

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