Cinemalaya 2011 reels off July 15
On July 15, the Cinemalaya Film Festival will officially open its doors to the public at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Now on its seventh year, the Cinemalaya Film Festival has become a much-awaited event among students, filmmakers, cineastes and film buffs. It has also produced internationally award-winning films and directors.
This year’s Cinemalaya will feature 31 digital films in competition, more than a hundred in exhibition and new sections. It will also have a second festival venue at the Greenbelt 3 in Makati City (in cooperation with Ayala Theaters Management). Cinemalaya follows the tagline See the Unseen, and will showcase films that tackle such themes as passion, memory, truth, despair, obsession, terror and splendor.
Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed Full Length Feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors. Nine films will compete in the New Breed category; 10 in the Short Feature category and four in the Directors Showcase.
Competing in the New Breed category are: Amok by Lawrence Fajardo; Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez; Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) by Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan; Bahay Bata (Baby Factory) by Eduardo Roy Jr. and Jerome Zamora; Cuchera by Joseph Israel Laban; I-libings: Your Loss, Our Luck (E-funerals) by Rommel Andreo Sales; Ligo na U, Lapit Na Me (Star Crossed Love) by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio and Erick Salud; NiÃ±o by Loy Arcenas; and Teoriya (Father’s Way) by Alistaire Christian Chan.