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15 years of Filipino Cinema Independence thru Cinemalaya

The Ten Full Lenght Directors of 15th Cinemalaya 2019
For its 15 years, Cinemalaya Philippine Film Festival is still on high energy in giving Filipinos the cinema they deserve, they remain to be the stepping stones of many filmmakers in the country today who travel overseas and bring home awards from different international giving bodies.

Still, with the Cultural Center of the Philippines as their home, this year's festival is loaded with numerous films across the regions of Asia and other continents,  and exhibitions from selected movie competition in Metro Manila, plus the fact that Cinemalaya receives Nikkei Asia Prize for Cultural and Community from Japan last May of this year, another achievement in line with the 50 years of CCP.
Short Film Directors (Erickson Dela Cruz)
Being the biggest festival of independent movies in the country, Cinemalaya on its 15th year is bringing the festival in many cities and provinces this time such as Pampanga, Naga, and Legaspi in Bicol, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Davao.

"We are very excited to celebrate the 15 years of Cinemalaya, as you know Cinemalaya has journeyed since it starts many years ago, and has launch careers of many filmmakers and has change Filipino cinema, and continues to do so. In fact, it stimulated the creation of other independent Film Festival, making it vibrant for filmmakers and audiences alike." Chris Millado, CCP Artistic Director said during its official press conference last July 9. 
Actor turns Director Xian Lim with the cast of Tabon (Erickson Dela Cruz)
Here are the complete list for this year's Full length and short film contenders and the directors.

“ANi (The Harvest)” by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro del Rosario
“Belle Douleur (Beautiful Pain)” by Joji Villanueva Alonso
“Children of the River” by Maricel Cariaga
“Edward” by Thop Nazareno
“Fuccbois” by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
“Iska” by Theodore Boborol
“John Denver Trending” by Arden Rod Condez
“Malamaya (The Color of Ash)” by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez
“Pandanggo sa Hukay” by Shéryl Rose Andes
“Tabon” by Xian Lim
Children Of The River Cast with Noel Comia
“‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking)” by Josef Gacutan
“Disconnection Notice” by Glenn Lowell Averia
“Gatilyo (Trigger)” by Harold Lance Pialda
“Heist School” by Julius Renomeron, Jr.
“Hele ng Maharlika (Lullaby of the Free)” by Norvin de los Santos
“Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay N'ya (Girly is in Control of His Life)” by Gilb Baldoza
“Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces)” by Don Senoc
“Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala (Belief as the Light in Darkness)” by Francis Amir Guillermo
“Tembong (Connecting)” by Shaira Advincula
“The Shoemaker” by Sheron Dayoc
Ruby Ruiz and the cast of Iska (Erickson Dela Cruz)
Best of the Festivals – showcase of the best films from local festivals
Digital Classics
Dokyu – the documentary section
Indie Nation – a special section featuring independent films
Tribute to Armida Siguion-Reyna 
Tribute to Cesar Hernando
Premieres/Cinemalaya Retro
Visions of Asia – screening of award-winning Asian and Netpac films
5th Cinemalaya Institute Showcase – showcase of the final projects of the Directing and Production Management workshops
31st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video – considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN region; categories include Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation
Cinemalaya Campus – a major component of Cinemalaya 
Cinemalaya Awards Night – August 11, 2019, at the CCP Main Theater
Iza Calzado for Pandanggo Sa Hukay (Erickson Dela Cruz)
Opening film for the festival is "Ang Hupa" by Lav Diaz while the closing film is "Mina-Anod". Other films that will be shown these years are "Third Wife" from Vietnam, "Kejal" from Iran, "Secret Requiem" from Tibet, "Brother of the year" of Thailand, "Lying Mom from Japan and a lot more.

Among Filipino Films to be shown are "Kung Paano Hinintay ang Dapithapon" and "Liway" from Cinemalaya archives. "Pailalim", "Akin ang Koruna" fromSinag Maynila, "Oda sa wala" and "Hintayan ng langit" of QCinema Film Festival, and "Paglisan" and "Mamu" from Cinema One Originals.
Kit Thompson for Beautiful Pain (Erickson Dela Cruz)
The Documentaries set to have a Philippine premier are "My Little Dancing Shoes", "Sunday Cinderela" and a lot more. The classic "Bad Bananas sa Puting Tabing" by Peque Gallaga is the one showing under Digital classic.

Cinemalaya is not complete without art and photo exhibitions, this time they will display all the posters, photos of past directors who join and win in Cinemalaya ever since it started. Miniversity or seminars and forums is still line up not only in Manila but to other Cities too, and Cinemalaya On demand will be launch this time that contains all the digital files like trailers of more than 1,000 full length and short films of Cinemalaya.
Cinemalaya & CCP Executives and this year's Filmmakers (E. Dela Cruz)
For more information about the 15th Cinemalaya, visit Cinemalaya site or the CCP main page and Cinemalaya in facebook page. you may reach and call CCP Film and Media Arts Division at Tel Nos. (02)832-1125 local 1704. Tickets and festival passes are available at CCP Box Office with Tel Nos. 832-3704. 


barquera said…
I am excited to watch some if not all of the film entry.

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