WATCH: Cinemalaya 2019 teaser trailers

Cinemalaya 2019 has revealed the first teaser trailers for its competition films for this year’s Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The 15th edition of Cinemalaya will run on August 2 to 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and in select cinemas nationwide.

Watch the first six #Cinemalaya2019 teaser trailers here.

ANI: The Harvest

“Mithi, a newly orphaned boy moves to a farm to live with his estranged grandfather. When the old man falls ill, Mithi embarks on a quest with his malfunctioning robot search for magical grains that he believes will save his grandfather’s life.”

Directed by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario, “ANI: The Harvest” won the Best Film Pitch during the DGPI – FDCP Film Pitch in 2018 and is one of the top projects in the 2018 Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in Singapore.

Belle Douleur

“Belle Douleur” tells the story of a woman’s journey of finding happiness in complete surrender and sacrifice.

Led by Mylene Dizon and Kit Thompson, this film is the first full-length feature of Joji Alonso, who tried her hand at directing after producing various films in the past.


“Iska, a loving but impoverished grandmother of an autistic child tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be.”

ISKA is the first independent film of Theodore Boborol, and stars Ruby Ruiz, playing the titular role.

John Denver Trending

“This is the story of your neighbor. You shared that video of him brutally attacking a classmate. He went viral. Suddenly, his life changed. Based on true events, John Denver Trending is a reportage, a cautionary tale that bookmarks a period in our lives when we allow social media to reshape our mindset.”

Directed by Arden Rod Condez, John Denver Trending is the winner for Dulang Pampelikula category of the Filipino division at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. Catch this film on August 2 to 11 at CCP and select cinemas.


“A story of a pessimistic, uninspired middle-aged artist who finds spark with a millennial photographer who leads her on a path of creative and sexual reawakening.”

“Malamaya” is directed by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez. Chavez co-wrote the story with Liberty Trinidad, both are alumni of the Cinemalaya Institute 2016 Screenwriting class.

Pandanggo sa Hukay

“Amidst poverty and violence surrounding her, Elena, a young midwife and a single mother keeps a positive outlook in life. The film follows her story as she seeks to work abroad to better her family and prepares for her upcoming job interview.”

Starring Iza Calzado, “Pandanggo sa Hukay” is the first full-length feature of Shé Andes as a director.

WATCH: Sophie Turner rises as most dangerous mutant in ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ trailer

S20th Century Fox just dropped the official trailer and latest poster of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” unleashing Jean Grey’s aka Phoenix (played by Sophie Turner) mammoth of power that threatens the existence of the rest of the X-Men force.

In “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

The latest film sees returning stellar cast that includes Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAboy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast alongside newcomer Jessica Chastain in a mysterious role.  The movie also includes Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Andrew Stehlin as Red Lotus, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler and Kota Eberhardt as Selene. With Jessica Chastain coming in new in a mysterious role.

A 20th Century Fox feature, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will open June 5 in Philippine cinemas.