City mall cinema hosts indie film fest for first time

CHAMPIONING Filipino talents, Ayala Center Cebu hosts for the first time, entries that will compete in the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival with the theme, “Break the Surface.” The prestigious annual film festival takes a monumental step this year as it brings Cinemalaya outside Luzon.

Ayala Malls Cinemas’ first collaboration with Cinemalaya dates back to July 2011, paving easy access for festival goers within Metro Manila. Catering to the festival’s followers from the south, Cinemalaya widens its reach to its Metro Cebu patrons.

Presented by Cinemalaya Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Philippines with Ayala Malls Cinemas, Sinulog Foundation and the Local Government of Cebu, Cinemalaya will display 19 films in competition, in the Full Length Feature and Short Feature categories from Aug. 9 to 14 at Ayala Center Cebu, Cinema 4.

This year’s film festival will open with a special program on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 5 p.m. at The Gallery. Two competition films in the full length feature category: Atom Magadia’s Dagsin and Vic Acedillo’s Lando at Bugoy will open the festival at 6:15 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. Directors Magadia, Acedillo and some cast members are set to fly in to interact with the audience after the screening. Movie passes for both screenings on this date will be on a first-come, first-served basis and are free to the public.

Dagsin and Lando at Bugoy are two of the nine entries that will compete for the Cinemalaya Award in the Full Length Feature category. Among the nine participating entries vying for the award are Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo, Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover, I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal, Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, and Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Tuos by Derick Cabrido.

The 10 films competing in the Short Feature Category are Ang Hapon Ni Nanding (Nanding’s Afternoons) by Rommel Tolentino, Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa, Bugtaw by Noah Del Rosario, Butas by Richard Cawed, Fish Out of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao, Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez, Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua, Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar, Nakauwi Na by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo, and Pektus by Isabel Quesada. Tickets for each film will be available on the day of screening at P150 per ticket.

Witness a new breed of Filipino filmmakers as they showcase their creation of cinematic works with fresh insight and artistic integrity at Ayala Center Cebu. (PR)
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