What to expect from Cinemalaya 2018

IMAGE Mark Atienza

Cinemalaya 2017 winners include (L-R) Dido dela Paz, Angeli Bayani, Noel Comia Jr., and Yayo Aguila.


Considered the country’s biggest indie film festival, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 136 full feature independent films and 118 short films.

In 2018, it will produce 10 more full-length feature films when it mounts the 14th edition for the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Next year's edition is scheduled for August 3-12, 2018.

The filmmakers for next year's batch were introduced during the awards night of Cinemalaya 2017 held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Main Theater.

The finalists will each receive a Php750,000 production grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation.

In this year’s Cinemalaya, nine films competed in the Full Length Feature category. These were: Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read) by Perry Escaño; Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn’t Weep) by Mes de Guzman; Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban; Bagahe (The Baggage) by Zig Dulay; Nabubulok (The Decaying) by Sonny Calvento; Kiko Boksingero by Thop Nazareno; Requited by Nerissa Picadizo; Respeto by Alberto Monteras II; and Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig (Clouds of Plague) by Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing.

The winners of the main competition were selected by jury members Padmashri Dr. Girish Kasaravalli, Freddie Wong, Sheron Dayoc, Lee Briones-Meily, and Joselito "Lito" Zulueta.

In the NETPAC Jury were Ismail Basbeth, Tsengel Davaasambuu, and Ricardo "Ricky" Lee.

Here are the 10 finalists chosen for the 14th edition of Cinemalaya to be held in August 2018:



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