Cinemalaya Film Festival
The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (popularly referred to as Cinemalaya) is a yearly competition for independent films that aims to promote, encourage, and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers who present bold, fresh artistic insights on the lives of Filipinos.
The first festival was held in 2005 including the award-winning film Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros).
Every year, a shortlist of ten aspiring filmmakers are given a PhP 500,000 (approx. USD 10,000) grant to produce their own full-length feature films. These films, along with the short film finalists, debut at the festival to vie for Cinemalaya's Balanghai Award.
Cinemalaya features exhibitions which highlight the works of the country's leading luminaries in the movie industry. Other exhibitions include tributes to past "indie mavericks" of Pinoy cinema, Cinemalaya kids’ treats, and world premieres of new digital works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize).
Aside from the film screenings and competitions, Cinemalaya also hosts other events such as the Cinemalaya Film Congress and Cinemalaya Sine Taktakan.
Awards for full-length feature film and short film categories are as follows:
- Best Film
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design
- Best Editing
- Best Musical Score
- Best Sound Recording
- Special Jury Award
- Special Jury Citation
- Audience Choice Award
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
Since 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cinemalaya Film Festival has gone online. Its roster of films are available on Vimeo, in various bundles, which can be purchased on the online channel of Cinemalaya.
The basic bundle (Php 150) includes a one-week access to the Indie Nation and Dokyu sections of the festival plus the Cinemalaya Retrospective Shorts Double Features.
The standard bundle (Php 200) includes everything in the basic bundle plus viewers access to 10 short films in the main competition.
The premium bundle (Php 300) includes everything in the standard bundle plus access to various sections of the festival like tributes to icons Peque Gallaga and Anita Linda, digital classics, and talkbacks with Cinemalaya filmmakers.
Viewers who only want to watch specific films may purchase feature bundles. People who want to attend a masterclass on storytelling by acclaimed screenwriter Ricky Lee costs Php 300.
Cinemalaya online also offers free access to certain films including the 2019 winners of the Cinemalaya Campus short films, short films from allied international film festivals, and other works from across Asia.
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