Catch Cinemalaya 2010 on July 9-18 at the CCP!

The 6th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition is all set to showcase Philippine's best and finest films screened under the New Breed and Directors Showcase category of the competition. Backed by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Ecolink Investments, this year's Cinemalaya entries totals 24 films for the two categories of the competition.

The New Breed Category has two sub-categories - Full Length Feature and Short Feature. Nine films will compete under the Full Length Feature that include Halaw by Sheron Dayoc, Limbunan by Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Magkakapataid by Kim Homer C. Garcia, Mayohan by Dan Villegas and Paul Sta. Ana, Rekrut by Danny Anonuevo, Sampaguita by Francis Xavier Pasion, Si Techie, Si Teknoboy at si JuanaB by Art Katipunan, The Leaving by Ian-Dean S. Lorenos and Vox Populi by Dennis Marasigan. 

Under the Short Feature Sub-category, ten films will compete. Boca by Zurich Chan, Breakfast with Lolo by Steven Flor, Dalaw by Janus Victoria, Despidida by Borgy Torre, Faculty by Jerrold Tarog, Harang by Mikhail Red, Hay Pinhood Oh Ya Scooter by Hubert Tibi, Lola by Joey Agbayani, P by Milo Tolentino and Wag kang Titingin by Pam Miras are the ones competing for this year's Short Feature Film sub-category.

Directors Showcase category features directors who have directed at least three full-length feature films released commercially. The five finalists for this category include Ang Paglilitis ni Bonifacio by Mario O'Hara, Isang Pirasong Buhay / Donor by Mark Meily, Pink Halo-Halo by Joselito Altarejos, Sigwa by Joel Lamangan, and Two Funerals by Gil Portes.

Initally, Ecolink Investements Inc. has awarded PhP500,00 as production grant for the finalists under the Full Length Feature category, and another PhP500,000 for the five finalists of the Open Category (Directors Showcase) plus an additional PhP100,000 cash prize from FDCP.

The winning film, Best Full Length Feature, will receive a prize of PhP200,000 and a Balanghai Trophy. The Best Short Feature film will receive a prize of PhP100,000 plus a Balanghai Trophy. The Best Film under the Directors Showcase category will receive a prize of PhP300,000 and Balanghai Trophy.

Cinemalaya also pays tribute to LVN Studios. The festival will also show LVN films along with the Cinemalaya entires. Among these LVN movies are Aladin (1946) by Vicente Salumbide starring Jaime de la Rosa and Norma Blancaflor, Victory Joe (1947) by Manuel Silos starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Norma Blancaflor, Sumpaan (1948) by Susana de Guzman starring Ely Ramos and Norma Blancaflor, Higit sa Lahat (1955) by Gregorio Fernandez starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Emma Alegre, Kundiman ng Lahi (1959) by Lamberto Avellana starring Eddie Rodriguez and Charito Solis, Nukso ng Nukso (1960) by Fred Daluz starring Pugo, Bentot and Sylvia La Torre, Sandata at Pangako (1961) by F.H. Constantino starring Fernando Poe Jr and Charito Solis, Haring Kobra (1951) by Richard Abelardo starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Lilia Dizon, and Kung Ako'y Mahal Mo (1960) by Gregorio Fernandez starring Nestor de Villa and Charito Solis.

The Cinemalaya Congress will be held on July 13 and 14 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) with this year's theme Liberating the Indie Film 2000-20009

Cinemalaya is all-digital film festival and competition. Catch the entries fot his year's competition which will run from July 9-18, 2010. Call CCP Media Arts Division at 832-1125 local 1704-05 for more information.
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