COVID isn’t about to get in the way of another much-loved annual Filipino festival!
2020 has seen one too many of our festivals canceled or postponed as many of them require public spaces and tend to pool people together which is just hazardous at this time.
Luckily for us, Cinemalaya has found a way to push through come hell or high water.
Picking up 10 from a pool of short film submissions, the festival is held to showcase Philippine cinematic talent, where one from the 10 will be judged as the Cinemalaya Best Film for the year among other awards. The 10 chosen films will be showcased alongside other curated shorts as well as a handful of Philippine cinema greats, Cinemalaya truly is a celebration of years of film artistry in the Philippines in support of the industry since 2005.
Kicking off celebrations today, August 7, Cinemalaya: Stream of Consciousness, with a virtual opening held via Facebook Live and Kumu; festivities will continue until August 16.
This 2020, CInemalaya goes digital! With their bundles starting at just 75 pesos, you can stream some of our country’s best in cinema on Vimeo! It’s a far cry from the usual film fest that we get to enjoy in theaters but we’re here to guide you through so it’s just as easy (if not easier) than usual.
How much are the passes?
Here are the bundles available at different price points available for unlimited streaming from August 7 to August 16. You can pay for your passes via Gcash, bank transfer, debit or credit card payment here.
1. Regular at ₱75 each bundle:
A. Main competition shorts A
Ang gasgas na plaka ni Lolo Bert by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori
Pabasa kan pasyon by Hubert Tibi
Fatigued by James Mayo
Tokwifi by Carla Pulido Ocampo
Quing lalam ning Aldo by Reeden Fajardo
B. Main competition shorts B
Ang pagpakalma sa unos by Joanna Vasquez Arong
Living Things by Martika Ramirez Escobar
Utwas by Richard Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay
Excuse me, miss, miss, miss by Sonny Calvento
The slums by Jan Andrei Cobey
C. Indie Nation full length
MINDANAO by Brillante Mendoza
D. Double feature A
Cinemalaya Retro Full-length: Jay by Francis Pasion, and Ang Babae sa Septic Tank by Jeffrey Jeturian
E. Double feature B
Cinemalaya Retro Full-length: Amok by Lawrence Fajado, and Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian
2. Basic ₱150 bundle:
Indie Nation Shorts
Indie Nation Full-Length
Cinemalaya Retrospective Shorts Double Features
3. Standard ₱200 bundle
All Inclusions from the Basic Bundle
Main Competition Shorts
Cinemalaya Retrospective Full-Length
4. Premium ₱350 bundle
All inclusions from the Standard Bundle
Premieres – New Short Films, with talkbacks
Tribute to Peque Gallaga and Anita Linda
Experiments During Quarantine – VLF Plays
Talkbacks with Cinemalaya Filmmakers
Priority Access to Cinemalaya Campus Talkbacks
Are there other events aside from the film showing?
Absolutely! Talkbacks with filmmakers, workshops, and masterclasses are in store for free and according to the bundle.
Check out this post for the official schedules so you stay on top of the events and not miss anything.
It’s amazing how you can support the local film scene in the comfort of your own homes. Kudos to the Cinemalaya team for giving us a shot at a little normalcy in the form of an annual festivity that refuses to call off tradition.
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