Cinemalaya 2018: Everything you need to know

Jul 8, 2018
cinemalaya 2018 guide

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is returning for its 14th year with the theme "Wings of Vision" this August 3 to 12, 2018. 

It will be happening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with additional screenings at select Ayala Malls cinemas. 

Ten new films are set to compete for both full-length and short feature categories. They are: 


• DISTANCE (Perci Intalan)
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Liza is still drowning in grief from losing the love of her life when she receives a visit from the most unlikely person – her husband, who she left 5 years ago. With no questions asked and no conditions, Anton invites her back to his and their 2 children's lives.

Starring Iza Calzado, Nonie Buencamino, Therese Malvar

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Unmarried couple Teresa and Celso try survive their mundane elderly life. On the night of their anniversary, they receive a phone call from Benedicto, Teresa’s estranged husband who is quite ill and needs someone to look after him. Going out of their way to take care of Benedicto, they encourage him to seek treatment and live the remaining days of his life. However, their son Chito can’t forgive. On the twilight of their days, how do they wait for the sun to set?

Starring Dante Rivero, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Perla Bautista

• KUYA WES (James Mayo)
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Kuya Wes, a timid remittance clerk, feels like he does not exist, except when he is working at the remittance center. He is mostly ignored by his younger brother Raf and his family. His days are only brightened when his customer Erika comes in every month. One day, his life changes as Erika’s overseas husband leaves her. Wes decides to help her from his own pocket. His “relationship” with Erika and his friction with Raf starts to change him.

Starring Ogie Alcasid, Ina Raymundo, Moi Bien, Alex Medina, and Karen Gaerlan

• LIWAY (Kip Oebanda)

Dakip lives with his parents Day and Ric inside Camp Delgado, a makeshift prison inside a military camp for both rebels and criminals. Given their circumstances, Day does her best to shelter the child from the harsh realities of their life. She uses storytelling about an enchantress named Liway, as well as songs and imagination, to help ensure that her boy is free from trauma. At the tail end of the Martial Law, Day’s own dark past catches up on her and the lives of the detainees become increasingly difficult. She is confronted with the cruel possibility that the best interest of her child means never seeing her again. This is based on a true story.

Starring Glaiza de Castro, Dominic Roco, Kenken Nuyad, Sue Prado, and Soliman Cruz

• MAMANG (Denise O'Hara)
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Already in the twilight of her life, Mamang struggles to fight senility and dementia so she can live with her only living son Ferdie. But the more she struggles, the more her condition worsens until she is literally haunted by the ghosts of her past. She battles to drive them away from her house, and in her mind, and starts re-living her past – her marriage, her childhood, and everything else in between. In the end, she is forced to make a decision between staying sane or letting her mind go.

Starring Celeste Legaspi, Ketchup Eusebio, Peewee O'hara, Alex Medina, and Gio Gahol

• ML (Benedict Mique)
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Confronted by a frustrated History professor, Carlo sets out to prove that Martial Law wasn’t all that bad and looks for someone who lived through that period to tell the tale. He meets Colonel, an old recluse living alone in a ramshackle house in Carlo’s neighborhood. With his best friend Jaze and girlfriend Pats, Carlo visits the old man to interview him about what truly happened during the Marcos regime - a visit that may put the lives of the three teenagers in danger. To truly learn about the horrors of Martial Law, do teenagers today have to pay the ultimate price?

Starring Eddie Garcia, Tony Labrusca, Liane Valentino, Henz Villaraiz

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Amid the conflict between their families and the chaos in Mindanao,two young Muslims cross paths and find love, happiness and friendship when they spend seven days in the middle of the forest.

Starring Junyka Sigrid Santarin, JM Salvado, Star Orjaliza

• PAN DE SALAWAL (Che Espiritu)
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Aguy, a 10-year old palaboy, arrives in an ill-stricken neighborhood beside the Manila Railroad, where she meets a lonely panadero suffering from chronic kidney stones and wants nothing but to die, a barber with severe pasma, a Carinosa folk-dancer paralyzed by stroke, and a macho meat vendor with tumor in his breast. With her gift of healing, the the whole neighborhood begins to experience life again. While Aguy is able to heal the sick neighbors, for some reason, she cannot heal Sal. To heal him, she must inflict the most agoizing pain.

Starring Bodjie Pascua, Miel Espinosa, Madeleine Nicolas, Anna Luna

• SCHOOL SERVICE (Louie Ignacio)
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Maya, an 8-year old student from a remote province, is walking home from school when the school service stops to her to ask for directions. In return for Maya's help, the woman in the school service offers to take her home, and Maya agrees. To Maya’s horror, the service doesn’t stop at her place. Maya finds herself hours and hours away from home. She becomes the latest victim of the “school service.”

Starring Joel Lamangan, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Teri Malvar, Celine Juan

• THE LOOKOUT (Afi Africa)
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Lester Quiambao is a gay hired killer, whose abusive relationships in childhood propels him into a life of crime and depravity and compels him to betray Travis Concepcion, the man he loves, in order to exact his revenge.

Starring Yayo Aguila, Rez Cortez, Efren Reyes, Alvin Fortuna, Jeffrey Santos, Benedict Campos


(Set A)

• LOGRO (Kani Villaflor)
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Living in a society where people limit his world, Bruno decides to take the risk and go for what he wants instead of settling for what people allow him to be.

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A Badjao transwoman is forced to abandon her lover to marry a woman betrothed to her from birth. 

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Jodilerks has been quietly and diligently working as a gas station attendant for a very long time. Tonight is her final shift and she has decided to sign off in, quite frankly, outrageous fashion.

• SA SAIYANG ISLA (Christian Candelaria)
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A young boy struggling with his identity finds solace in his dream of becoming a mermaid.

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The interwoven lives of people meet when they occupy a single room of an apartment through different points in time.

(Set B)

• YOU, ME AND MR. WIGGLES (Jav Velasco)
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An ordinary night becomes filled with emotional landmines as erectile dysfunction challenges a man and his girlfriend on their views on love and relationships.

• BABYLON (Keith Deligero)

The film tells the story of two young girls who travel through time to assassinate a barangay dictator to revise history.

• KIKO (Jojo Driz)
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A blind and aging gay who makes a living washing clothes sees what matters the most in life after losing the man he loves. 

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Three young brothers needing cash take a job in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal amidst a life-threatening reality.

• YAKAP (Mika Fabella, Rafael Froilan)
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A woman’s last few moments of life before crossing over to the afterlife are told through dance.


• Opening and Closing Film (Free Admission)

'BUYBUST' by Erik Matti was announced to be opening film of the festival. Closing film to be announced.

• Dokyu – the documentary section

• Best of the Festivals – showcase of the best films from local festivals 

Participating films are Khavn Dela Cruz's 'BALANGIGA: HOWLING WILDERNESS' from QCinema Film Festival,  Loy Arcenas' 'ANG LARAWAN' from Metro Manila Film Festival, Joselito Altarejos' 'TALES OF THE LOST BOYS' from Sinag Maynila Film Festival, Alec Figuracion's 'THE ETERNITY BETWEEN SECONDS' from CineFilipino Film Festival, Giancarlo Abrahan's 'PAKI' from Cinema One Originals Film Festival.

• The Movie Musical – a special section featuring three musicals from local filmmakers.

Participating films are Lav Diaz's 'ANG PANAHON NG HALIMAW,' Dan Villegas' 'CHANGING PARTNERS,' and Loy Arcenas' 'ANG LARAWAN.'

• Indie Nation – a special section featuring independent films

Participating films are Mike De Leon's 'CITIZEN JAKE,' Therese Cayaba's 'DELIA & SAMMY,' Dwein Baltazar's 'GUSTO KITA WITH ALL MY HYPOTHALAMUS,' Alpha Habon's 'MGA MISTER NI ROSARIO,' Rae Red and Fatrick Tabada's 'SI CHEDENG AT SI APPLE,' Raya Martin's 'SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES,'  
• Visions of Asia – screening of award-winning Asian and Netpac films
Participating films are BETI by P. Sheshadri (India), BAD GENIUS by Nattawut Poonpiriya (Thailand), THE CHANTERS by James Mayo (Philippines), GOODBYE, GRANDPA! by Yukihiro Morogaki (Japan), NEAREST & DEAREST by Kseniya Zueva (Russia), OF LOVE & LAW by Hikaru Toda (Japan-U.K.-France), THE TASTE OF RICE FLOWER by Pengfei (China)

• “Outdoor Screening” – formerly Green Carpet Screening

• Animahenasyon – the best of animation

• 4th Cinemalaya Institute Showcase – showcase of the final projects of the Directing and Production Management workshops

• Tribute to Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes – special screening of his best films “BAGETS” and “MAGNIFICO

• Tribute to Bernardo Bernardo – screening of “MANILA BY NIGHT” by Ishmael Bernal

• Retrospective Section – features the 2017 Cinemalaya Best Film “RESPETO” by Treb Monteras, and “BACONAUA” by Joseph Israel Laban who won Best Director. Also in the line-up are 2017 shorts comprised of "ALIENS ATA" by Glenn Barit, "
FATIMA TORRES AND THE INVASION OF SPACE SHUTTLE PINAS 25by Carlo Francisco Manatad, "HILOM" by P.R. Patindol, "MANONG NG PA-ALINGanong ng Pa-Aling" by E Del Mundo, "NAKAUWI NA" by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar

• 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video – considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN region; categories include Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation

• Cinemalaya Campus – a major component of Cinemalaya

• Cinemalaya Awards Night –August 13, 2017 at the CCP Main Theater


cinemalaya 2018 festival pass

Tickets for the film screenings will be sold from P100 (students) to P150 (regular). 

Discounts: 20% for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel

With regards to the festival passes, limited supplies will be available for:


FIC (Films-in-Competition): P2,000

ONE DAY PASS: (validity date indicated on the ticket)

P500 – admission to 4 screenings for the day
P700 – admission to 5 screenings for the day

VIP BOX: (1 dedicated box at the Main Theater; validity date is indicated on the ticket)

P1,200 – 1 screening for 1 day
P4,500 – 4 screenings for 1 day
P5,500 – 5 screenings for 1 day

For ticket reservation and inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or CCP Sales and Promotions Office at 832-3706.

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