GUIDE: Cinemalaya 2016: The 12th Philippine Independent Film Festival

Now on its 12th year, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will run from August 5 to 14 at the following venues:

  • Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
  • Glorietta 4, Makati City
  • Greenbelt 1, Makati City
  • Trinoma, Quezon City
  • U.P. Town Center, Quezon Cityl
  • Fairview Terraces, Quezon City
  • Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  • Ayala Center Cebu (starts on August 9)

SCREENING SCHEDULES


TICKET INFO

Regular Price:

  • PHP 150 per screening at the CCP.
  • PHP 150 per screening at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Student Price:

  • PHP 100 per screening at the CCP. (Must personally present valid student ID of one’s self upon purchase at the CCP box office or Ticket World outlets. Representatives are not allowed.)
  • No discounted student price at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Discounts:

  • 20% off for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS

  • Tickets for CCP screenings are available for sale at the CCP box office from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, no lunch break, Ayala Cinema Ticket Booths, Ayala Cinema Online, and via Ticket World Outlets.
  • Tickets for Ayala Cinema screenings may be purchased in advance online via Sureseats, just call 752-7877, local 1112 or visit sureseats.com.

FESTIVAL PASS ENTITLEMENTS

All types of passes are available for sale only at the CCP box office except for One-Day Passes which can also be purchased at TicketWorld outlets. No reservation allowed.

CINEMALAYA DAY PASS

4-Screening Day Pass: PHP 500

Admission to four (4) screenings for the day (validity date is indicated on the ticket), applicable to ALL film screenings (except MKP Hall)

5-Screening Day Pass: PHP 700

Admission to five (5) screenings for the day (validity date is indicated on the tickets, applicable to ALL film screenings (except MKP Hall)

  • Available for sale only at the CCP box office.
  • Please carefully choose the DATES you want to watch. There are dates with 4 screenings (without the 10am time) and dates with 5 screenings (with 10am time).
  • Discounts (students, senior citizens, PWD, etc) are NOT valid in all kinds of passes.

CINEMALAYA ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS

All-Access Festival Pass Price: PHP 3,500 

This pass entitles the bearer to the following:
1. Admission to all festival screenings at CCP venues only (not valid in Ayala Cinemas)
2. Free seating on a first-come first-served basis (subject to availability once screening starts)
3. Priority lane entry to the theater
4. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket at the Free Admission Booth 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
5. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
6. Non-transferable

CINEMALAYA F.I.C. (FILMS-IN-COMPETITION) PASS

FIC PASS (Films-in-Competition) Pass Price: PHP 1,500

This pass entitles the bearer to the following:
1. Admission to all Film-in-Competition screenings (full-length and shorts) at CCP venues only (not valid in Ayala Cinemas). Titles can be repeated.
2. Free seating on a first-come first-served basis (subject to availability once screening starts)
3. Priority lane entry
4. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket at the Free Admission Booth 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
5. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
6. Non-transferable

CINEMALAYA V.I.P. BOX

VIP BOX Prices:

  • PHP 1,200 per film
  • P3,000 per day (3 films)
  • P20,000 for the whole festival duration (8 days plus opening and closing films)

This pass entitles the bearer to:
1. One (1) dedicated VIP box at the CCP Main Theater for the whole festival including opening and closing/awarding nights
2. Priority to tickets to all free admission screenings (Pass holder needs to get a ticket 2 hours before screening time, for control of the seats)
3. Not valid for Samsung Screenings (at MKP Hall)
4. Non-transferable

CINEMALAYA BARKADA PASS

BARKADA PASS Price: PHP 1,500 per screening for a group of five (5) people (maximum)

This pass entitles the bearer to:
1. Exclusive screening for a group of maximum 5 people at the Samsung Screening Lounge at the MKP Hall, 4th Floor of the CCP
2. Priority lane entry
3. Your choice of all competing films (full length and shorts) but NOT applicable for exhibition films
4. Free popcorn
5. The barkada team is allowed to bring food and beverages inside the MKP Hall
6. Non-transferable


FREE ADMISSION SCREENINGS

The following films are FREE Admission (but audiences must get a free ticket at the FREE ADMISSION BOOTH located at the CCP Little Theater Lobby not later than 2 hours before screening time:

  • Two (2) Japanese films (in partnership with EIGA SAI Japanese Film Festival)
  1. “Ken And Kazu (2015) by Hiroshi Shoji (August 6. Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater)
  2. “August In Tokyo” (2015) by Ryutaro Nakagawa (August 9, Tuesday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater)
  • Gawad CCP Short Films (August 6-9, whole day starting at 10:00 AM, CCP Dream Theater) See schedules here.
  • Cinemalaya Institute Short Films (August 12, Friday, 12:45 PM, CCP Dream Theater)
  • Lav Diaz’s “Ang Araw Bago Ang Wakas”(with 3 screening times – 10:00 AM, 10:40 AM, and 11:30 AM, CCP Dream Theater)
  • Closing Film: “Ang Hapis At Himagsik ni Hermano Puli” by Gil Portes (August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Main Theater)

For further details, please call Ms. Gemma Marco, Head of the Sales and Promotions Division – CCP Marketing Department at 832-3706 or mobile 0999-8843820.


OFFICIAL ENTRIES

FULL-LENGTH FEATURE CATEGORY

  1. ANG BAGONG PAMILYA NI PONCHING by Inna Salazar Acuña & Dos Ocampo
  2. DAGSIN by Atom Magadia
  3. HIBLANG ABO by Ralston Jover
  4. I AMERICA by Ivan Andrew Payawal
  5. KUSINA by David Corpuz & Cenon Palomares
  6. LANDO AT BUGOY by Vic Acedillo, Jr.
  7. MERCURY IS MINE by Jason Paul Laxamana
  8. PAMILYA ORDINARYO by Eduardo Roy, Jr.
  9. TUOS by Derick Cabrido

SHORT FEATURE CATEGORY

  1. ANG HAPON NI NANDING (NANDING’S AFTERNOONS) by Rommel Tolentino
  2. ANG MAANGAS, ANG MARIKIT AT ANG MAKATA by Jose Ibarra Guballa
  3. BUGTAW by Noah del Rosario
  4. BUTAS by Richard Cawed
  5. FISH OUT OF WATER by Mon A.L. Garilao
  6. FOREVER NATIN by Cyrus Valdez
  7. GET CERTIFIED by Isaias Herrera Zantua
  8. MANSYONG PAPEL by Ogos Aznar
  9. NAKAUWI NA by John Relano,Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo
  10. PEKTUS by Isabel Quesada

FEATURE FILMS

The following are the 9 feature films in competition, each granted with P750,000:

ANG BAGONG PAMILYA NI PONCHING 

Director: Inna Salazar Acuña & Dos Ocampo
Writer: Innah Salazar

Cast: Janus Del Prado, Ketchup Eusebio, Odette Khan, Lollie Mara, Jojo Alejar, Joyce Burton-Titular, Jackie Lou Blanco, Alibreza Libre, Phynne Barnett, Richard Manabat, Mimi Juareza, Sam Thurman, Ria Garcia, Joanna Bago, Manuel Velasco, Ricky Sanchez

SYNOPSIS: A religious man who does petty crimes, Ponching, gets into a new venture, text scamming, thinking it will not really hurt anyone. One day, his seemingly “innocent” text scam accidentally cons a recipient into thinking he is the bastard child of their late relative.



DAGSIN (GRAVITY)

Writer and Director: Atom Magadia

Cast: Tommy Abuel, Lotlot De Leon, Benjamin Alves, Janine Gutierrez, Alex Diaz, Sue Prado, Marita Zobel, Rolando Inocencio, Yoshihiko Hara, Arpee Bautista

SYNOPSIS: After surviving the Death March, Martial Law and the loss of his legs, Justino became an atheist. But when his wife dies, a part of him is yearning to believe in life beyond death; just for a chance to be with her again. Searching for parts of her he can still hold on to, he devours her diaries for information into their past –opening a Pandora’s Box of secrets.


HIBLANG ABO

Director: Ralston Jover
Writer: Ananias Estrella

Cast: Lou Veloso, Jun Urbano, Leo Rialp, Nanding Josef, Matt Daclan, Lui Manansala, Flor Salanga, Cherry Malvar, Angela Cortez, Mike Liwag, Rommel Luna, Rener Concepcion, Anna Luna

SYNOPSIS: “Hiblang Abo” speaks volumes of muted memories and infinite struggles among four men in their twilight years, confined in a hospice facility or home for the aged. Their gray hair grows and fades unnoticed, their lives enter the void of oblivion. Everything unfolds so naturally into their swan song until their body pains and heartaches yield the same intensity, when their hearing and their feelings become permanently impaired; and when their blurry vision and memories become “clear” signs that the inevitable state of death is as fleeting as the vibrancy of life itself.


I AMERICA

Writer and Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal

Cast: Bela Padilla, Rob Rownd, Matt Evans, Thou Reyes, Sheena Ramos, Joe Vargas, Raflesia Bravo, Julz Savard, Lui Manansala, Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa, Kate Bautista, Rhyzza Kafilas

SYNOPSIS: “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.


KUSINA

Director: David Corpuz
Writer-Director: Cenon Palomares

Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Gloria Sevilla, Joem Bascon, Luis Alandy, Elora Españo, Mike Liwag, Bong Cabrera, Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Isha Salic, Trina Legaspi, Lala Padilla, Czarina Yecla, Princess Ortiz

SYNOPSIS: “Kusina” (The Kitchen) is the silent witness to the life and love of Juanita. It is her sanctuary, the place where she creates dishes for her family, her friends, even enemies and strangers. Through cooking, she gets to know the people around her, and in return, reveal herself to them.


LANDO AT BUGOY 

Writer and Director: Vic Acedillo, Jr.

Cast: Allen Dizon, Gold Azeron, Roger Gonzales, Rachel Anne Ang Rosello, Maricar Semitara, Carlos Penaloza, Benjie Criss Estrella, Reynald Mangao, Camilo Apugan

SYNOPSIS: Disrespected by his teenage son, a 40-year-old High School dropout tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only makes his son hate him even more. Amidst the struggle between them, an unexpected event changes everything.


MERCURY IS MINE 

Writer and Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

Cast: Pokwang, Bret Jackson, Vincent De Jesus, Lee O’Brian, Maey Bautista, Bea Vega, Mitzi Ong, Leo Sarmiento, Justine Dizon, Waka Hasegawa, Uzziel Delamide, Kristof Garcia

SYNOPSIS: Carmen, a middle-aged cook, is about to close down her eatery at the foot of Mt. Arayat when a white American teenage boy named Mercury approaches her and begs for work in exchange of nothing but shelter.


PAMILYA ORDINARYO 

Writer and Director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Moira Lang, Karl Medina, Erlinda Villalobos, Domingo Cobarrubias, Paolo Rodriguez, John Bon Andrew Lentejas, John Vincent Servilla, Rian Magtaan, Myla Monido, Alora Sasam, Ruth Alferez

SYNOPSIS: Jane and Aries are teenage parents. They make a living out of stealing on the streets… until fate hits back at them.


TUOS

Director: Derick Cabrido
Writer: Denise O’Hara

Cast: Nora Aunor, Barbie Forteza, Flor Salanga, Ron Martin, Elora Españo, Ronnie Martinez, Al Bernard Garcia, Elora Españo, Casimira Cabilitasan

SYNOPSIS: Elena is chosen to be their village’s “Binukot”, a maiden chosen to be the fairest amongst the women in her village, confined inside her house, never allowed to go outside. She is chosen to keep the oral tradition alive, memorizing the chants and performing it. She is to pass the title and responsibility to her granddaughter Letty. When sanctity of the “tuos” becomes threatened, putting Letty in danger, Elena realized that she cannot just stand aside. Elena finds herself coming face to face, literally, with the ghosts of a tradition, which shackled her into a life of solitary confinement.


SHORT FEATURES

The ten short film finalists are grouped into two sets:

SET A

  1. Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa
  2. Bugtaw by Noah del Rosario
  3. Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar
  4. Nakauwi Na by John Relano
  5. Pektus by Isabel Maria Luz M. Quesada

SET B

  1. Ang Hapon Ni Nanding by Rommel Tolentino
  2. Butas by Richard Cawed
  3. Fish Out of Water by Ramon Alberto Garilao (Mon A.L. Garilao)
  4. Forever Natin by Mary Clarence Espiritu
  5. Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua

FESTIVAL’S BEST

Featuring the top prize winners of local film festivals across the year.

  • Apocalypse Child by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo (QCinema 2015)
    Screening Date: August 6 (Sat), 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Ari: My Life With A King by Carlo Catu (MMFF New Wave 2015)
    Screening Date: August 9 (Tue), 12:45 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • EDSA by Alvin Yapan (World Premiere Film Festival 2016)
    Screening Date: August 12 (Fri), 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Manang Biring by Carl Joseph Papa (Cinema One Originals 2015)
    Screening Date: August 11 (Thur), 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Mrs. by Adolfo Alix (Sinag Maynila 2016)
    Screening Date: August 8 (Mon), 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca (Cine Filipino 2016)
    Screening Date: August 9 (Tue), 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater

INDIE NATION

  • Remittance by Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Mana by Gabby Fernandez
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Laut by Louie Ignacio
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Ringgo: The Dog-Shooter by Rahyan Carlos
    Screening Date: August 8, Monday, 6:15 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Flotsam by Jay Abello
    Screening Date: August 9, Tuesday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Big Time Special by Monster Jimenez and Mario Cornejo
    Screening Date: August 10, Wednesday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Iadya Mo Kami by Mel Chionglo
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 6:15 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • 4 Days by Adolfo Alix, Jr. (World Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Rosita by Fars Nye Kone (Philippine Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Main Theater
  • The Sister by Joseph Israel Laban (World Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater

EIGA SAI

Free screenings from Eiga Sai 2016: The Japanese Film Festival:

  • Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji
  • August in Tokyo by Ryutaro Nakagawa

VISIONS OF ASIA

Featuring award-winning NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) films.

  • Child Of Debt by Umashankar Swamy (India/Kannada, 2015)
  • Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki (Afghanistan/Canada, 2015)
  • Motor Bicycle by Shameera Rangana Naotunna (Sri Lanka, 2015)
  • Stranger by Yermek Tursunov (Kazakhstan, 2015)
  • The Kids by Sunny Yu (Taiwan, 2015)
  • Under Heaven by Dalmira Tilepbergen (Kyrgyzstan, 2015)
  • Until I Lose My Breath by Emine Emel Balci (Turkey-Germany, 2015)
  • River Road by Li Ruijun (China, 2014)

TRIBUTE TO FRANCIS PASION

In honor of the life and work of the late Cinemalaya director who passed away in March 2016.

  • Bwaya (Cinemalaya 2014 Best Film, Best Cinematography & Best Score)
  • Jay (Cinemalaya 2008 Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor)
  • Short film Bakit Tinutuhog ang Sampaguita? (1999) attached to Sampaguita, National Flower (2010 Cinemalaya Special Jury Prize)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

  • Lav Diaz’ Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (winner of the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival
  • Lav Diaz’ short film Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas
  • Focus: Jaclyn Jose — Itanong Mo sa Buwan, Sarong Banggi, and Working Girls 2

RAINBOW

New section of Cinemalaya featuring films with LGBT themes.

  • Echorsis by Lem Lorca
    Screening Date: August 7, Sunday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Miss Bulalacao by Ara Chawdhury
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Traslacion: Ang Paglakad sa Altar ng Alanganin by Will Fredo (a documentary)
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Studio Theater

PANOPTIKA

New section of Cinemalaya described as “seeing everything, discovering new ideas in documentary films.”

  • An Open Door by Noel Hizon
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 3:30 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Mga Dayo: Filipinos in Myanmar by Dennis Teodosio (Philippine Premiere)
    Screening Date: August 6, Saturday, 6:15 PM, CCP Studio Theater
  • Headhunting William Jones by Collis Davis, Jr.
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 12:45 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Dahling Nick by Sari Dalena (Cinema One Originals 2015)
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 9:00 PM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Landscape Within by Andrea Capranico
    Screening Date: August 12, Friday, 10:00 AM, CCP Dream Theater
  • Curiosity, Adventure, and Love by Sunshine Lichauco De Leon and Suzanne Richiardone
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 3:30 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Thomas Chapin: Night Bird Song by Stephanie Castillo
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 9:00 PM, CCP Studio Theater

DIGITAL CLASSICS

A showcase of digitally restored and re-mastered versions of classic Filipino films from the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project team.

  • Cain at Abel (1982) by Lino Brocka
    Screening Date: August 11, Thursday, 9:00 PM, CCP Little Theater
  • Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (1977) by Mike De Leon
    Screening Date: August 10, Wednesday, 12:45 PM, CCP Studio Theater

GREEN CARPET SCREENING

  • Lakbay2Love green carpet screening
    Screening Date: August 13, Saturday, 7:00 PM, CCP front lawn (grass area fronting Roxas Blvd.)

Admission fee follows a “pay-what-you-can” scheme with a suggested donation of PHP 50 each, entitling one person to win cool raffle prizes such as Viper Bike (a folding bike), 2 spider shades, and more. Starting at 5:00 pm, it will be a party set-up with music where you can bring your own mats, jacket, umbrella and enjoy watching the film on the big screen at the said location (with loud sound system).

GAWAD CCP

The Ika-28 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Gawad Alternatibo, for short (CCP Independent Film and Video Competition) will run from August 6 to 9 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde during Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Admission is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. For the complete screening schedules, see the guide here.


CINEMALAYA CAMPUS

Forum Topic: Technology and Indie Films
Dates: August 9 (Tue) — 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
August 10 (Wed) — 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Venue: CCP Little Theater

1. Ticket Prices:
a. Package Sessions (7 Sessions):
PHP 800 for Regular Ticket
PHP400 for Students (Valid student ID to be personally presented upon purchase)

b. Per Session:
PHP 250 for Regular Ticket
PHP 125 for Students (Valid student ID to be personally presented upon purchase)

2. Non-transferable
3. Can be purchased at the CCP box office and Ticket World outlets.
4. Discount of 20% applies for senior citizens, PWD, government employees, and military personnel (Show valid ID)

Cinemalaya Campus tickets can only be purchased at the CCP box office. Selling of tickets is based on how many sessions a buyer wants to avail of for the said 2-days forums with speakers.

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