After 10 years, Cinemalaya, the Philippine Independent Film Festival decided to reboot itself and assess what needs to be done for the coming of more than Ten years in case. This year’s Festival focuses on the short films, and Asian Films also was showcase to add highlight, yes they were none full length movies under Directors showcase and New Breed Category.
And here are the winners for this year 2015, Best Screenplay-Papetir, Audience Choice- Santissima, Best Film- Pusong Bato, Best Direction-Petersen Vargas of Lisyun Qng Geografia, NETPAC Prize and Special Jury Prize is Wawa. Awarding ceremony was held last Aug 15, 2015 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The chosen ten full length film for next year’s competition is also announce, below are the finalist for Cinemalaya 2016.
1. Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Salazar and Victor Villanueva
2. Ang Mga Bisita ni Mamang by Janice O'Hara and Denise O'Hara
3. Dagsin by Atom Magadia
4. Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover
5. I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal
6. Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares
7. Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr
8. Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana
9. Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr
10. Tuos by Derick Cabrido
During our interview with Chris Millado, Cinemalaya Festival Director, he inform us that they do some evaluation and checking in the past ten years, most film makers complain of time constraint and looking for financial partners in a very limited time. That’s why they announce it early this time and even on the coming years.
“This is part of our evaluation ng last ten years, ang laging reklamo ng mga film makers kulang na kulang ang four months para bouin ang pelikula, it used to be na pag-ina-announce sila they only have four months to gather their financing, their partners, their casting, their production, the post prod kaya most of the time hot from the oven ang kanilang mga pelikula” Millado said.
Millado also mention that Cinemalaya is running throughout the year due to series of activities, aside from the most intense Festival held every August, they are doing the Cinemalaya Art House, Cinemalaya campus and Cinemalaya Institute. He also dismiss rumor that Business Tycoon Tony Boy Cojuangco is no longer part of Cinemalaya, he is still the head of Cinemalaya Foundation and the one thinking about the long term or sustainable plan of Cinemalaya.
He admit that they are still under exploratory talks regarding funding for Cinemalaya, that’s why for 2016 they are not just going back in status but will add more cinemas in Metro Manila, this is aside from the CCP Cinemas, Greenbelt Cinemas, Trinoma Mall and Alabang Town Center. One plan is doing it simultaneous in other region during the festival.
“Ticket sales are not enough to make this run, its only 25 to 30% percent of what we spent, Government keeps in pero hindi pa rin yun enough so we have to look for other ways para mapuno ang budget so we can continue cinemalaya.” Millado added.
Regarding the issue of uploading the Cinemalaya movies online in 2014 Festival, Millado said that its now bridge under water between the past participants of Cinemalaya, it is under the contract but they admit that there is a miscommunication and they from the Festival decided to stop it since it is not a clear ways of generating funds.
“Pinanindigan namin yun, talagang part yun ng contract, hindi lang na-communicate sa mga film makers na gagawin na yung clause na yun ng contract so practically napaliwanag na sa kanila, nagkaroon na ng dialogu, at tanggap naman, but tinigilan muna naming hanggang sa makahanap ng mas malinaw at effective na paraan to distribute.” Millado said.
Cinemalaya 2016 will only have full length category as well as the short films, the new breed and directors showcase are now in one, and the budget for each movie is now at P750, 000.000 Deadline for submission of entries for Cinemalaya 2017 is on Oct 15, 2015. For more information please check http://www.cinemalaya.org, www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Media Arts Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.