Cinemalaya announces list of finalists
MANILA, Philippines — Cinemalaya announced recently the finalists to the three categories in this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition. Dr. Raul Sunico of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), one of the organizers of the annual filmfest, said it will be bigger and better this year since there will be 31 digital films in competition and more than a hundred films in exhibition.
New sections and a second festival venue (at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City in cooperation with Ayala Theaters Management) will certainly make 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival an anticipated event.
The finalists in the New Breed Full Length Category are: “Amok,” by Lawrence Fajardo; “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa,” by Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan; “Bahay Bata” by Eduardo W. Roy Jr. and Jerome Zamora; “Cuchera” by Joseph Istael M. Laban; “I-Livings: Your Loss, Our Luck” by Rommel Andreo Sales; “LigoNa U, Lapit na Me” by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio and Erick Salud; “Niño” by Loy Arcenas; and “Teoriya” by Alistaire Christian E. Chan. They will each receive a P500,000 seed grant from the Cinemalaya Foundation as investment for the production of the movies.
The Short Feature Category finalists are: “Debut” by Pamela Llanes Reyes; “Every Other Time” by Gino M. Santos; “Hanapbuhay” by Henry Frejas; “Hazard” by Mikhail Red; “Immanuel” by Gabriel “Gio” Puyat; “Nino Bonito” by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino; “Oliver’s Apartment” by Misha Balangue; “Samarito” by Rafael L. Santos; “Un Diutay Mundo” by Ana Carlyn V. Lim, and “Walang Katapusang Kwarto” by Ermerson Reyes. The winner will receive a cash prize of P100,000 and the Balanghai trophy.