Cinemalaya 2009 semi-finalists announced

Baron Geisler (left) and Coco Martin topbill the 2008 Cinemalaya Best Picture winner Jay, which has already bagged international awards. Which film among the 18 Cinemalaya semi-finalists will follow in its footsteps?

Eighteen semifinalists in the full-length feature category have been selected for the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition slated on July 17-26, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The semifinalists are: 24K by Ana Agabin; Ang Mga Pangarap ni Mary Jane by Jerome Chavez Pobocan; Ang Nerseri (The Nursery) by Vic Acedillo, Jr.; Ang Panggagahasa kay Virginia by Alvin B. Yapan; Astig (Mga Batang Kalye) by GB Sampedro; Babae ng Guho (Woman of the Ruins) by Sari Lluch Dalena; Becoming an Archer by Alfonso Torre III; Child Warrior by Francis O. Villacorta; Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros; Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas; El Ultimo de Las Luciernagas (The Last of the Fireflies) by Sheron Dayoc; Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno; In Nomine Matre (In the Name of the Mother) by Will Fredo and Jay Garcia; Kung Sino Man ang Makabasaby by Audie Gonzales; Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel; Lobby by Mia Angeline Bacarro; Mangatyanan (The Blood Trail) by Jerrold Tarog; and Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.

Ten finalists will be selected from this group of 18 semi-finalists and will be announced on December 22, 2008.

Who among them will be named as the Best Picture in the next edition of Cinemalaya? This year's Best Picture winner is the film Jay starring Baron Geisler and Coco Martin. Directed by Francis Xavier Pasion, Jay is about a TV show producer who makes a documentary about a slain teacher living a double life.

Now on its fifth year, the Cinemalaya Competition is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CCP, Econolink Investments Inc. and Film Development Council of the Philippines. It aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. For more information, call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704/05 or visit






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