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.

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