is a film festival in the Philippines
committed to the development and promotion of Filipino independent films
. The organizers hope that through the festival, young filmmakers will be able to express their own concepts freely and not be limited by the industry's present condition, where artistic integrity is sacrificed in the pursuit of commercial success.
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Since 1995, ABC 5 is the only Free TV Channel that premieres Cinemalaya. It is seen every Tuesdays at 7pm.
2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Nestor Jardin, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines
(CCP), and Laurice Guillen, Cinemalaya competition director confirmed on June 16
, 2008, that Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Adela
” will open the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. The 2008 (4th edition) of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival with theme “Anong Kwento Mo?” will show competing 10 full-length entries and 10 short films from July 11-20. Mainstream stars include Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas, TJ Trinidad, Ryan Eigenmann, Baron Geisler, Coco Martin, Ces Quesada, and Meryll Soriano. 2 of the 10 chosen finalists would not be taking part: Emman dela Cruz's entry “1434456” and “Antiparang Basag” to be replaced by “Namets” and “Boses.”
The other Cinemalaya entries are: “100 by Chris Martinez, Baby Angelo by Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino, Brutus by Tara Illenberger, Concerto by Paul Morales, Huling Pasada by Paul Sta. Ana, Jay by Francis Pasion, My Fake American Accent by Onnah Valera and Ned Trespeces, and Ranchero by Michael Cardoz.
This year’s filmmakers received P 500,000 from Cinemalaya and an additional P100,000 from the Film Development Council of the Philippines. “Ranchero” had been chosen to take part in the Paris Project of the Festival Paris Cinema on July. The indie film fest is headed by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, UP Film Institute and Econolink Investments, Inc.
The 5-panel jury members were: film actor Cesar Montano
; film critic and writer Lito Zulueta; Ansgar Vogt, Berlin International Film Festival
programmer; Kim Ji-Seok, co-founder and program director of the Pusan International Film Festival
and Max Tessier, Asian and Japanese cinema expert and artistic consultant for international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival