As theaters around Metro Manila continue to stay shut amid a public health crisis, the much-awaited annual film festival Cinemalaya is going online!
The Philippine Independent Film Festival, which is usually held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every August, will now be streamed online through Vimeo On Demand. For a low price of PHP75, audiences at home can watch at most five movies, while a PHP350 ticket will give you access to the entire library throughout the duration of the festival.
The festival will be held from August 7 to 16. A total of 10 short film finalists will be screened in addition to 20 more short films as the feature-length projects will be carried over to next year’s competition.
Cinemalaya 2020 will also hold webinars and other surprises. It’s definitely worth watching out for, so save the date!
The short film finalists are as follows:
- Ang Gasgas Na Plaka Ni Lolo Bert (2019) by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori — A sweet love story between 2 unlikely individuals, who come together through their shared love of music.
- Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos (2020) by Joanna Vasquez Arong — A girl recounts the aftermath of a typhoon.
- Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss (2019) by Sonny Calvento — As thousands of contractual workers in the Philippines suffer with irregular work hours, fluctuating income, and the risk of losing their jobs, this one employee might have figured out how to keep these worries at bay.
- Fatigued (2020) by James Robin Mayo — An interactive film about escaping a nightmare.
- Living Things (2020) by Martika Ramirez Escobar — This film, shot using a phone, shows how Kints tries to cope with that odd situation.
- Pabasa Kan Pasyon (Chanting the Passion) (2020) by Hubert Tibi — With no other options left, this Bicolano family turns to religion to make ends meet during Lenten Season.
- Tokwifi (2020) by Carla Pulido Ocampo — A hysterical showbiz star trapped in a vintage television set falls in love with the indigenous man who saved her.
- Utwas (2020) by Richard Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay — Abusing the ocean doesn’t just create waves of destruction, it also ruins the livelihood of the people who live off it.
- The Slums (2020) by Jan Andrei Cobey — With a documentary team constantly on their tail, this family from the slums tries to cope with the loss of their beloved television set.
- Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (2019) by Reeden Fajardo — A transgender sampaguita farmer faces some problems while rennovating her kitchen for her son’s homecoming.
Are you excited to watch them? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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