The 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival on Saturday, August 6

August 05, 2016

Daily News Bulletin
Cinemalaya Film Festival
August 5, 2016

Saturday, August 6 at the 12th Cinemalaya Film Festival offers two gala premieres, the opening of the Visions of Asia section and the Panoptika (Seeing Everything)documentary section, and three film industry-related events.

Film industry practitioners will participate in an industry meeting at 10am-12nn at the CCP Silangan Hall, the film market at 9am-6pm at the 3F Main Gallery Hallway, and the film pitching event at 1pm-5pm at the CCP Silangan Hall.

Using the speed dating concept, the 2016 Cinemalaya DGPI Film Pitching event, will match producers and financiers and help filmmakers break into the international film market.  This event is held in cooperation with the Directors Guild of the Philippines Inc.

Panoptika (Seeing Everything), the Cinemalaya documentary section, will open at 3:30pm at the CCP Little Theater with An Open Door:  Holocaust Haven in the Philippines by Noel Izon which chronicles the saga of over one thousand three hundred Jews who fled from Nazi persecution  and found not only a sanctuary but religious freedom and cultural acceptance in the Philippines. The film is a historical documentary film which presents the almost unknown story of political, racial, cultural, and religious tensions and collaborations in which the European and Pacific Theaters of World War II intersected in a successful effort to save thousands of Jewish lives.

Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr. will have its gala premiere at 6:15pm at the CCP Main Theater. Pamilya Ordinaryo is the story of teenage parents Jane and Aries who make a living out of stealing on the streets until fate hits back at them.

The film Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji will open the Visions of Asia section, a showcase of awardwinning Asian films, at 6:15pm at the CCP Little Theater.  Director Shoji will grace the occasion and interact with audiences in a talkback session after the screening.  Ken and Kazu was the winner of the Best Film Prize at the 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival – Japan Cinema Splash Competition.  Obsession, sense of indebtedness, connection and future is portrayed against the backdrop of drug dealings in the underworld in this film which is Hiroshi Shoji’s feature directorial debut, based on his eponymous 2011 short.   Ken and Kazuis one of two films being shown under the partnership of Cinemalaya and Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival.  Admission is free for Ken and Kazu.

 I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal will have its gala premiere at 9pm at the CCP Main Theater.  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.  I America stars Bela Padilla, Rob Rownd, Matt Evans, Thou Reyes, Sheena Ramos, Joe Vargas, Raflesia Bravo, Julz Savard, Lui Manansala, Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa, Kate Bautista and Rhyzza Kafilas.

Full length competition entries Kusina by Cenon Obispo and David R. Corpuz (10am) and Dagsin by Renato Magadia Jr. (12:45pm) and Festival’s Best section feature Apocalypse Child by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo, winner of the QCinema’s Circle Competition Best Picture, (9pm) will be shown at the CCP Little Theater. 

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters — Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City and Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In Cebu, Cinemalaya will be held at the Ayala Center Cinema on August 9-14.

For more information, visit or and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.