10 Indie Films Competing at Cinemalaya 2016

Cinemalaya official Facebook page posted the 10 indie films competing on August 5-14, 2016.


The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival which literally translates to “Independent film” is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers.  Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams

August 5-14, 2016

TUOS cinemalaya2016high4
Director: Derick Cabrido
Writer: Denise O’Hara

SYNOPSIS: Elena is chosen to be their village’s “Binukot”, a maiden chosen to be the fairest amongst the women in her village, confined inside her house, never allowed to go outside. She is chosen to keep the oral tradition alive, memorizing the chants and performing it. She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Letty. When sanctity of the “tuos” becomes threatened, putting Letty in danger, Elena realized that she cannot just stand aside. Elena finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of a tradition, which shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.


cinemalaya2016Mercury is Mine
Writer and Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
SYNOPSIS: Carmen, a middle-aged cook, is about to close down her eatery at the foot of Mt. Arayat when a white American teenage boy named Mercury approaches her and begs for work in exchange of nothing but shelter.


cinemalaya2016Lando at Bugoy
Writer and Director: Vic Acedillo, Jr.

SYNOPSIS: Disrespected by his teenage son, a 40-year-old High School dropout tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only makes his son hate him even more. Amidst the struggle between them, an unexpected event changes everything.


Writer and Director: Atom Magadia

SYNOPSIS: After surviving the Death March, Martial Law and the loss of his legs, Justino became an atheist. But when his wife dies, a part of him is yearning to believe in life beyond death; just for a chance to be with her again. Searching for parts of her he can still hold on to, he devours her diaries for information into their past –opening a Pandora’s Box of secrets.



Director: Victor Villanueva  
Writer: Innah Salazar

SYNOPSIS: A religious man who does petty crimes, Ponching, gets into a new venture, text scamming, thinking it will not really hurt anyone. One day, his seemingly “innocent” text scam accidentally cons a recipient into thinking he is the bastard child of their late relative.



cinemalaya2016Hiblang Abo
Director: Ralston Jover

SYNOPSIS: “Hiblang Abo” speaks volumes of muted memories and infinite struggles among four men in their twilight years, confined in a hospice facility or home for the aged. Their gray hair grows and fades unnoticed, their lives enter the void of oblivion. Everything unfolds so naturally into their swan song until their body pains and heartaches yield the same intensity, when their hearing and their feelings become permanently impaired; and when their blurry vision and memories become “clear” signs that the inevitable state of death is as fleeting as the vibrancy of life itself.


cinemalaya2016I Am America
Writer and Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal

SYNOPSIS: “I America” is a dramedy about a complex half-Pinay, half-Caucasian lady looking for American living in Olongapo City (Philippines) who tries to get her passport and US visa in order to meet her father personally for the first time.


Director: David Corpuz
Writer-Director: Cenon Palomares
SYNOPSIS: “Kusina” (The Kitchen) is the silent witness to the life and love of Juanita. It is her sanctuary, the place where she creates dishes for her family, her friends, even enemies and strangers. Through cooking, she gets to know the people around her, and in return, reveal herself to them.


cinemalaya2016Pamilya Ordinaryo
Writer and Director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
SYNOPSIS: Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets…
until fate hits back at them.



Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan
SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, an escaped prisoner finds his mother and his ex- girlfriend in a plan to flee the city. But when his mother insists on staying, his newfound freedom and even his life are eventually jeopardized.

For more information go to cinemalaya.org

What an awesome line up! Definitely excited for this year’s Cinemalaya.

What about you? Which film will you be supporting?