Cinemalaya expands its reach
The seventh Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival was so successful that there are plans to expand the screenings next year to include the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa.
“The plan is being considered,” said festival director Nestor Jardin, who is hopeful that the annual event will reach its target of 50,000 viewers this year. He disclosed that, as of July 20, some 24,000 people had seen the films – excluding viewers at two Greenbelt cinemas, where some of the screenings were held, along with the original venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
More varied films
“Tickets sold like hotcakes. This is an indication that indie films are catching up with the mainstream crowd,” said film producer Robbie Tan, who heads the Cinemalaya organizing committee. “Friends said they wanted to watch the competition films in Greenbelt but tickets were sold out.”
Next year, Tan said the committee is thinking of using the Greenbelt cinemas to feature films entered only in the New Breed and Director’s Showcase categories. This year, Greenbelt also screened movies in the Animation and Focus Asia sections.