Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival
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LocationPasay, Philippines
Hosted byCinemalaya Foundation Inc.
LanguageFilipino and/or other Philippine languages

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film festival in the Philippines held annually during the month August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex and various cinemas. Its aim is the development and promotion of Filipino independent films.[1] The film festival is organized by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. with the support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc.

Each year, the Festival provides "seed investments" of 500,000 (US$10,000~) to ten independent filmmakers. It has since been increased to 1,000,000 (US$20,000~) since 2019. These ten "finalists" are culled from hundreds of submissions from all over the Philippines. Their films debut at the festival, together with in-competition short films, as well as various out-of-competition works.

The organizing committee, headed by veteran Filipino director and actress Laurice Guillen, oversees the production of the films and the festival.[2]

The latest edition, 18th edition of the festival was held from August 5 – October 31, 2022, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in select mall cinemas, and online.


The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films, along with ten short films under the Short Feature Category, are then featured in the film festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every August and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. An array of exhibition films are also shown at the CCP under different sections such as Visions of Asia, Indie Nation, Best of the Festivals, Premieres, Dokyu, Retrospective, Tributes, and Digital Classics.

Aside from the screenings are other exciting film-related events such as book launchings, talkbacks with filmmakers, and Cinemalaya conversations, where students and aspiring filmmakers get to talk to select special guests about filmmaking and production. Also an integral part of the festival is the Cinemalaya Campus, a conference that looks at all aspects of independent filmmaking and distribution.

Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.

The Cinemalaya Foundation is a non-stock, not-for-profit, non-government foundation, committed to the development and promotion of Philippine Independent film.

The Cinemalaya Foundation was established for the following purposes: to help develop and support the production of cinematic works of Filipino independent filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity; to discover, encourage, support, train and recognize gifted Filipino independent filmmakers; to promote Filipino independent films locally and internationally; and to establish a network for exchange, communication, and cooperation among members of the independent film sector.

The core project of the Cinemalaya is the annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which provide financial grants for the production of, at most, 10 full-length feature films which will then compete for the Best Full-length Film award. It also awards financial grants to the production of five full-length feature films by veteran directors in the Directors Showcase category. The Cinemalaya competition also recognizes the work of short filmmakers . The Cinemalaya Independent Film Congress is an important component of the Festival, providing a venue for interaction and dialogue between alternative filmmakers and those in the mainstream.

The Cinemalaya Foundation also aims to support other projects such as national outreach, seminars and workshops on production, marketing and distribution of independent films. It hopes to strengthen the presence of Filipino independent films in foreign festivals and competitions, encouraging Filipino filmmakers to enter and be part of the international film circuit.

Major award winners

In 2010 (6th edition), the festival separated the full-length entries to two separate competitions: The Directors' Showcase and the New Breed section. The five feature-film entries will compete under the Directors' Showcase which are presented by veteran film directors of the country. While the other ten feature-film entries will compete under the New Breed section which are presented by first-time or young filmmakers working today. The Short Film section has also ten competing entries. During the 2015 Awarding Ceremony, The Cinemalaya Foundation announced that on its 12th edition, there will two competitions, the main competition (Full Length Feature) and the short film features.[3]

New Breed

Year Best Film Best Direction Special Jury Prize Best Actress Best Actor
2005 Pepot Artista
by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.
Rica Arevalo
(ICU Bed #7)
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros by Auraeus Solito Meryll Soriano
(Room Boy)
Eddie Garcia
(ICU Bed #7)
2006 Tulad ng Dati by Mike Sandejas Ron Bryant (Rotonda) Batad: Sa Paang Palay by Benji Garcia and Vic Acedillo, Jr. Angel Aquino (Donsol) Alchris Galura (Batad)
2007 Tribu by Jim Libiran Auraeus Solito (Pisay) Endo by Jade Castro Ina Feleo (Endo) The ensemble of (Tribu)
2008 Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion Chris Martinez (100) Brutus by Tara Illenberger Mylene Dizon (100) Baron Geisler (Jay)
2009 Last Supper No. 3
by Veronica Velasco
GB Sampedro (Squalor) Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe by Alvin Yapan Colorum by Jobin Ballesteros Ina Feleo (Sanglaan) Lou Veloso (Colorum)
2010 Halaw by Sheron Dayoc Sheron Dayoc (Halaw) Sampaguita, National Flower by Francis Xavier Pasion Lovi Poe (Mayohan) John Arcilla (Halaw)
2011 Ang Babae sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera Marlon Rivera
(Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Niño by Loy Arcenas Eugene Domingo
(Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Edgar Allan Guzman (Ligo na Ü, Lapit na Me)
2012 Diablo by Mes de Guzman Mes de Guzman (Diablo) Requieme by Loy Arcenas Ama Quiambao (Diablo) Kristoffer King (Oros)
2013 Transit by Hannah Espia Hannah Espia (Transit) Quick Change by Eduardo Roy, Jr. Irma Adlawan (Transit) Mimi Juareza
(Quick Change)
2014 Bwaya by Francis Xavier Pasion Giancarlo Abrahan V (Dagitab) K’na The Dreamweaver by Ida Anita Del Mundo Eula Valdez (Dagitab) Dante Rivero
(1st ko si 3rd)

Directors' Showcase

Year Best Film Best Direction Special Jury Prize Best Actress Best Actor
2010 Donor by Mark Meily Gil Portes (Two Funerals) Two Funerals by Gil Portes Meryll Soriano (Donor) Baron Geisler (Donor)
2011 Bisperas by Jeffrey Jeturian Auraeus Solito (Busong) *no winner Raquel Villavicencio
Bembol Roco (Isda)
2012 Posas by Lawrence Fajardo Raymond Red
(Kamera Obskura)
Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen (Mga Mumunting Lihim) Eddie Garcia (Bwakaw)
2013 Sana Dati by Jerrold Tarog Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati) Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian Vilma Santos (Ekstra) *no winner
2014 Kasal by Joselito Altarejos Mike Tuviera (The Janitor) Hari ng Tondo by Carlos Siguion-Reyna Nora Aunor (Hustisya) Robert Arevalo
(Hari ng Tondo)

Main Competition (Full-Length Features)

Year Best Film Best Direction Special Jury Prize Best Actress Best Actor
2016[4] Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. Eduardo Roy, Jr.
(Pamilya Ordinaryo)
Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana Hasmine Killip (Pamilya Ordinaryo) Tommy Abuel
2017 Respeto by Treb Monteras Joseph Israel Laban
Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban Angeli Bayani
Noel Comia Jr.
(Kiko Boksingero)
2018 Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon by Carlo Enciso Catu Che Espiritu
(Pan de Salawal)
Pan de Salawal by Che Espiritu Ai-Ai Delas Alas
(School Service )
Eddie Garcia
2019 John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez Eduardo Roy, Jr.
Edward by Thop Nazareno Ruby Ruiz
Jansen Magpusao
(John Denver Trending)
2022 The Baseball Player by Carlo Obispo Ma-an Asuncion-Dagñalan
(Blue Room)
Blue Room by Ma-an Asuncion Dagñalan Max Eigenmann
(12 Weeks)
Tommy Alejandrino
(The Baseball Player)

Short films

Year Best Film Special Jury Prize Best Direction Best Screenplay Audience Choice Award
2005 Mansyon by Joel Ruiz Kultado by Lawrence Fajardo Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (Babae) Pam Miras (Blood Bank) *not awarded
2006 Orasyon by Rommel Tolentino Kwarto by Jose Maria Emmanuel Taylo Jeck Cogama (Putot) Hubert Tibi (Parang Pelikula) *not awarded
2007 Rolyo by Alvin Yapan Nineball by Enrico Aragon Emmanuel Dela Cruz (Gabon) Vic Acedillo (To Ni) Doble Vista by Nisha Alicer and Nix Lañas
2008 Andong by Rommel Tolentino My Pet by Anna Bigornia Mark Reyes (God Only Knows) Rommel Tolentino (Andong) God Only Knows by Mark Reyes
2009[5] Bonsai by Borgy Torre Blogog by Rommel Tolentino Dexter Cayanes (Musa) Mark Phillip Espina (Behind Close Doors) Tatang by Jean Paolo Hernandez
2010[6] Wag Kang Titingin by Pam Miras P by Rommel Tolentino Rommel Tolentino (P) Mikhail Red (The Barriers) P by Rommel Tolentino
2011[7] Walang Katapusang Kwarto by Emerson Reyes Hanapbuhay by Henry Frejas Rommel Tolentino (Niño Bonito) Emerson Reyes (Walang Katapusang Kwarto) Walang Katapusang Kwarto by Emerson Reyes
2012[8] Victor by Jarell Serencio Manenaya by Richard Legaspi Sheron Dayoc (Mientras su Durmida) Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong) Ruweda by Hannah Espia
2013[9] The Houseband's Wife by Paulo O'Hara Taya by Adi Bontuyan JE Tiglao(Onang) Paulo O'Hara(The Houseband's Wife) Taya by Adi Bontuyan
2014[10] Asan si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada The Ordinary Things We Do by David R. Corpuz Kevin Ang (Lola) Kevin Ang (Lola) Lola by Kevin Ang
2015[11] Pusong Bato by Martika Ramirez Escobar Wawa by Anj Macalanda Petersen Vargas (Lisyun qng Geografia) Darwin Novicio (Papetir) Sanctissima by Kenneth Dagatan
2016[12] Pektus by Isabel Quesada Fish Out of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao Mon A.L. Garilao (Fish Out of Water) Isabel Quesada (Pektus) Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez
2017[13] Hilom by P.R. Patindol Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 by Carlo Francisco Manatad E. del Mundo (Manong ng Pa-Aling) Joseph Israel Laban (Bawod) Nakauwi Na by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar
2018[14] Jodilerks dela Cruz by Carlo Manatad Astri Maki Si Tambulah by Xeph Suarez Xeph Suarez (Astri Maki Si Tambulah) Christian Candelaria (Sa Saiyang Isla) Kiko by Jojo Driz
2019[15] Wag Mo Kong Kausapin by Josef Dielle Gacutan Tembong by Shaira Advincula Don Senoc (Sa Among Agwat) Gilb Baldoza (Kontrolado ni Girly Ang Buhay Niya) Heist School Julius Renomeron, Jr.
2020[16] Tokwifi by Carla Pulido Ocampo Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos by Joanna Vasquez Arong Martika Ramirez Escobar (Living Things) Hubert Tibi (Pabasa Kan Pasyon) Quing Lalam Ning Aldo by Reeden Fajardo
2021[17] Beauty Queen by Myra Aquino An Sadit na Planeta by Arjanmar H. Rebeta Kyle Nieva (Kids of Fire) Kyle Nieva (Kids of Fire) An Sadit na Planeta by Arjanmar H. Rebeta
2022[18] Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay Dikit by Gabriela Serrano Gabriela Serrano (Dikit) Zig Dulay (Black Rainbow) Mga Handum Nga Nasulat sa Baras by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay & Richard Jeroui Salvadico


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