Cinemanila International Film Festival

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The Cinemanila International Film Festival is held annually in Manila Founded by Filipino filmmaker Amable “Tikoy” Aguiluz in 1999, the film festival aims to promote movies made in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.



The festival was started due to a desire to continue the legacy of Filipino director Lino Brocka, who created an independent production outfit called “Cinemanila.” Since 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival has worked towards reviving the Philippines as the center of cinema in Southeast Asia and encouraging the creation of Filipino films that are of international caliber. The festival aims to nurture young Filipino directors by providing an avenue for their work to be seen by the rest of the world; to discover new talents in the Philippines and Southeast Asia; and to revitalize the Filipino film industry.


The festival's top honor is the Lino Brocka Award, which comes with a cash prize of two hundred fifty thousand pesos (P250,000). There is also the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema which is given to young Filipino independent filmmakers.

The Cinemanila Trophy was designed after the bulol, by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. The bulol also appears as part of the Cinemanila logo. As a deity whose presence ensures good harvest, the festival invokes the bulol as a blessing towards the Filipino film industry.

List of awardees


  • Lino Brocka Award: Leaf on a Pillow by Garin Nugrobo (Indonesia) and The Terrorist by Santosh Sivan (India)
  • Grand Jury Prize: The Terrorist by Santosh Sivan (India)
  • NETPAC Jury Award: Birth of a Butterfly by Mojtaba Raei (Iran) and Pila Balde by Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film: Father's Toys by Carol Miu-Suiet Lai (Hong Kong)


  • Lino Brocka Award: Colour of Paradise by Majid Majidi (Iran)
  • Grand Jury Prize: Yana's Friends by Arik Kaplun (Israel)
  • Best Documentary Film: Punitive Damage by Annie Goldson (New Zealand)
  • Best Short Film: The Offering by Paul Lee (Canada)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Buwan by Peter Chua (Philippines)


  • Lino Brocka Award: Firefly Dreams by John Williams (Japan)
  • Grand Jury Prize: Roads and Bridges by Abraham Lim (United States)
  • NETPAC Award: Batang West Side by Lav Diaz (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film: Sand by Percy Fuentes (Canada)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Batang Trapo by Mes de Guzman


  • Lino Brocka Award: Atanarjuat by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada) and What Time Is It There? by Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan)
  • Grand Jury Prize: Seafood by Zhu Wen (China)
  • Special Jury Prize: Una Casa Con Vista Al Mar by Alberto Alvero (Venezuela)
  • Kodak Vision Award for Technical Excellence in Cinematography: What Time Is It There? by Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan)
  • NETPAC Award: Hollywood Hong Kong by Fruit Chan (Hong Kong) and Harmful Insect by Akihiko Shiota (Japan)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Lolo's Child by Romeo Candido
  • Best Short Film: Batinglaw by Lawrence Cordero (Philippines)
  • Best Documentary: Case of Wilkie Duran Monte: Toxic Chemical Victim by Minnie Solomon Crouse


  • Lino Brocka Award: Uzak (Distant) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
  • Grand Jury Prize: City of God by Fernando Meirelles (Brazil) and The Blessing Bell by Sabu II (Japan)
  • Special Jury Prize: Whale Rider by Niki Caro (New Zealand)
  • NETPAC Award: Divine Intervention by Elia Suleiman (Palestine)
  • Best Short Film: Liyab by Sockie Fernandez (Philippines)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Binyag by Mariami Tanangco
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Christine Hakim (Indonesia)


  • Lino Brocka Award: Vibrator by Ryuichi Hiroki (Japan)
  • Grand Jury Prize: Roads Koktebel by Boris Khlenikov and Alexel Popogrebsky (Russia) and August Sun by Prassana Vithanage
  • NETPAC Award: Min by Ho Yuhang (Malaysia)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Bakasyon by Raya Martin
  • Best Short Film: Balikbayan (Philippines)
  • Best Documentary: Trollywood by Madeleine Farley (United Kingdom)


  • Lino Brocka Award: The President's Last Bang by Im-Sang Soo (South Korea)
  • Grand Jury Prize: In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly by Mohammed Asli (Morocco)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema: Salat by John Torres (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film: Salat by John Torres (Philippines)
  • Best Documentary: Children of Leningradsky by Hanna Polak and Andrzei Celinski (Poland)



  • Lino Brocka Award: The Edge of Heaven by Faith Akin (Turkey)
  • NETPAC Award: Mukshin by Yasmin Ahmad (Malaysia)
  • Best ASEAN Short Film: Renita, Renita by Tonny Trimarsanto (Indonesia)
  • Best International Short Film: 'Waiting Time by Chul Jung (South Korea)
  • Special Jury Prize: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France)
  • Best Ensemble: Tribu by Jim Libiran (Philippines)


Cinemanila 2009

The Taguig City government is set to host the 2009 Cinemanila International Film Festival at Bonifacio Global City on October 2009.

Cinemanila Machinima Film Festival

The Cinemanila Machinima Film Festival was launched in 2009 as a new component of Cinemanila. It aims to recognize a new movement in filmmaking that features real-time animation made into film through artificial intelligence and digital puppetry.

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