The much anticipated Pinoy action-thriller film, “BuyBust,” will be the opening film of this year’s Cinemalaya: Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs August 3-12 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and select Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, U.P. Town Center, Legazpi in Bicol).
This was confirmed by Cinemalaya Foundation President Laurice Guillen and Festival Director Chris Millado, who wish to thank Viva Films and Reality Entertainment, the production outfits behind Erik Matti’s new film, for the support it has given to the long-running local film festival.
The opening ceremonies of Cinemalaya 2018 will start at 6:00 PM on August 3, Friday, at the CCP Main Theater. This will be followed by the screening of the opening film, BuyBust, which is a paid screening. All-Access Pass holders will have priority lane at the entrance door. Ticket information will be released soon.
Meanwhile, “BuyBust” had its world premiere on July 15 (Manila time) as the closing film of the New York Asian Film Festival.
Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) and Rated R-16 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), its commercial nationwide run will start on August 1, Wednesday.
“BuyBust” will have its invitational premiere night on July 23, Monday, at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. It will also have a special advance screening on July 25, Wednesday, at the UP Cine Adarna in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.