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 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:


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.


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."


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.