More treats for Cinemalaya fans
The 7TH Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs July 16-24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) promises more treats for its growing audience.
This year, for the first time, films from eight neighboring Asian countries will be screened, festival director Nes Jardin announced on Wednesday. He said this would also be an opportunity to study indie filmmaking trends in the region.
Cinemalaya has invited filmmakers from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to participate in a section called Focus Asia, Jardin said at a media gathering held at the CCP.
“This would likewise give our filmmakers the chance to network with foreign directors and festival programmers,” Jardin told Inquirer Entertainment. However, he added that bringing in a large foreign entourage would require additional funding: “We need to provide for their airfare and hotel accommodations. So far, half of them have confirmed they are coming.”