May 05, 2017

MAY 5, 2017

THE Cinemalaya Foundation has announced the finalists for the Short Feature Film category for the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition.  For the first time in Cinemalaya history, 12 instead of the usual 10 were selected.

The Cinemalaya Selection Committee stated that the entries to the 2017 Short Feature Film category were of high quality.  “The Selection Committee strongly feels that the list of entries in this year’s competition merits to include two additional entries added to the traditional list of ten films.”

Subject matter and themes of the finalists are wide-ranging, including children and family, transformation, history and memory, justice and redemption.

The finalists are:

1. Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit
2. Juana and the Sacred Shores by Antonne Santiago
3. Lola Loleng by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon
4. Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 by Carlo Francisco Manatad
5. Bawod (Bent) by Terimar Malones a.k.a TM Malones
6. Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino
7. Sorry For The Inconvenience by Carl Adrian Chavez
8. Hilom by Paul Patindol a.k.a. P.R. Patindo
9. Manong ng Pa-aling by E del Mundo
10. Maria by Jaime Habac Jr.
11. Nakauwi Na by Marvin Cabangunay
12. Islabodan by Juan Carlo Tarobal

The 12 finalists were selected from a total of 174 entries.

The 12 films will be screened during the 2017 Cinemalaya Film Festival on August 4-13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala Cinemas. 

The Best Short Feature Film will receive a prize of Php150,000.00 and the Balanghai trophy during the Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 13, 2017 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competition that aims to discover, encourage, and support the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.  It is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

For more information, please visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, www.cinemalaya.org, and the CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages.