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Discovering and Recognizing Filipino Storytellers at CINEMALAYA 2021

True to its vision, Cinemalaya has navigated the currents and brought the most anticipated film festival into another level.


The pandemic has taken its toll to a lot of filmmakers and everyone else working in the creative industry, but even a global crisis cannot stop the burning desire of these storytellers in weaving the impactful narratives that the world needs to know today.


In fact, you have until September 5 to catch all the films streaming at KTX.ph which you can enjoy with the whole family!

Here are the different sections of the Cinemalaya 2021 Philippine Independent Film Festival you might want to check out and binge-watch:


MAIN COMPETITION SHORTS A


Catch Glenn Barit and Che Tagyamon’s “Maski Papano”, Marc Misa’s “Crossing”, Ralph John Velasco’s “Kawatan Sa Salog”, James Fajardo’s “Looking for Rafflesias and other Fleeting Things”, Enrico Po’s Out of Body and Shiri De Leon’s “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi.”


Also part of the Main Competition Shorts A is Arjanmar Rebeta’s “An Sadit Na Planeta” which was awarded with NETPAC and Special Jury Prize as well as the Audience choice award.


MAIN COMPETITION SHORTS B


If you're curious to find out why Myra Aquino won Best Film at Cinemalaya 2021, you may watch her film "Beauty Queen" along side with other film entries including Kyle Nieva's "Kids On Fire" which won "Best Direction" and "Best Screenplay."


Also part of the Main Competition Shorts B are Kevin Mayuga's "Ate O.G", David Olson's "The Dust In Your Place", Jonnie Lyn Dasalla's "Namnama En Lolang", Kevin Ayson and Mark Nieva's "Ang Mga Nawalang Panlasa at Pag-asa."


PREMIERES SECTION


If you're looking for films that will evoke all your emotions these films might be fit for you. Watch "Tao Po" directed by Mae Paner, "Highest Peak" directed by Arbi Barbarona, "He Who Is Without Sin" directed by Jason Paul Laxamana and "Love and Pain In Between Refrains" directed by Jay Altarejos.



DIGITAL CLASSICS SECTION


Digital Classics section spotlights Danny L. Zialcita’s two films featuring Vilma Santos: Karma and Langis at Tubig.

In partnership with the ABS-CBN Film Archives, the Digital Classics selection was added to the festival in 2015 to showcase films that have been restored and present them to the new generation of cinéastes.


VISIONS OF ASIA SECTION


Visions of Asia section features five critically-acclaimed and multi-awarded films curated by NETPAC President Ashley Ratnavibhushana.


INDIE NATION FULL LENGTH SECTION


One of the most anticipated every Cinemalaya are the full-length independent films. This year, Cinemalaya is bringing you "Lockdown" directed by Joel Lamangan, "Kintsugi" directed by Lawrence Fajardo, "Don Filipo" directed by Tim Muñoz, and "ECQ Diary" directed by Arlyn Dela Cruz Bernal.


DOKYU SECTION


The Dokyu Section was curated by Director Clodualdo "Doy" del Mundo. You may watch from Program A the documentary films such as "A House in Pieces" by Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes plus "Yugto" by Joanna Reyes, Cristy Linga and Ja Turla.


On the other hand, Program B offers "Last Day At Sea" by Venice Atienza, "Masterpiece" by Januar Yap and Kristoffer Villarino and "Paraisong Bacao" by Adrian Manaois.



CINEMALAYA RETROSPECTIVE SECTION


If you missed watching the Cinemalaya 2020 winning films, this section might be the one you're looking for. Revisit and enjoy the films such as "Tokwifi" directed by Carla Pulido-Ocampo, "Living Things" directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar, "Pabasa Kan Pasyon" directed by Hubert Tibi, "Ang Pagpapakalma sa Unos" directed by Joanna Vasquez Arong, and "Quim Lalam Ning Aldo" directed by Reeden Fajardo.


Also part of this section is Sonny Calvento's "Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss."


INDIE NATION SHORTS (Program A)


Indie Nation Shorts section offers 19 films from 19 perspectives that hold a social mirror to our realities. Here are the first batch of shorts to watch out for.


You may want to watch "Maris" directed by Gabb Gantala, " I Will Die For You" directed by Jaime Morados, "Konsumatumes" directed by Gio Gonzalves, "Phone Call" directed by Direk Bee, "Basol Balos" directed by Tonny Abad and "Sol" directed by Joanna Vasquez Arong.


INDIE NATION SHORTS (Program B)


The second batch of films under the indie nation shorts section are "This Day" directed by Red Aquino, "Regta" directed by Gabb Gantala, "Paraiso" directed by Charles Hilado and Seb Valdez, "10,000 Errors" directed by Giullienne Sanchez, "Hija" directed by Christian Paul Lim, "Maratabat" directed by Abdul Rashid Lao, "Don't Worry, We Still Hear You" directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar.


INDIE NATION SHORTS (Program C)


Catch the following films under the Indie Nation Shorts Program C: "Rekwerdo" directed by Juls Batuang, "Salidumay" directed by Dexter Macaraeg, "Yawyaw ni JP" directed by Sine Sanyata, "Babu Jalhana" directed by Ram Esteban Estael, "Last 234!" directed by Genevieve Ofiana, and "Pugon" directed by Gabby Ramos.


ALLIED SCREENINGS SECTION


If you're looking for free films, you wouldn't want to miss this! The Allied Screenings section features works from the Japan Film Festival, the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of Bangladesh, and the Embassy of Mexico.



Cinemalaya 2021 is streaming until September 5 at ktx.ph so book your tickets now and support our Filipino Filmmakers. Their talent, dedication and hard work poured into their craft is undebatable. They deserve our love and support, now more than ever.






Watch the 'Daily Daily' videos featuring all the Cinemalaya Filmmakers who competed at the Main Shorts Competition HERE.


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