Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival is held annually to develop and promote Filipino Independent Film.
Cinemalaya 2011 has already started since July 15 and ends on the 24th of July. But it will also be shown in UP starting on July 26 until August 05, 2011. And since my location is much nearer in Up Diliman than in CCP and Greenbelt I opt to missed the past weeks that it has started.
For the schedule:
July 26 2011 (Tuesday)
5 PM - Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa by: Alvin Yapan
it explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context.8 PM - Babae sa Septic Tank by: Marlon Rivera
chronicles a day in the lilfe of the three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, and an ocular inspection of their film's major locatio, the Payatas dumpsite.
July 27 (Wednesday)
5 PM - Amok by: Law Fajardo
the bustling and sweltering rugged intersection of Pasay Rotonda serves as the main setting for this story of interconnected fate and destiny. As a raginf man's bullets strays into different directions, the fate of several different characters are sealed and determined. As the temperature rises, the tension escalates and the story unravels with unforgiving immediacy and explodes in the end as each one struggles to survive and escape their inevitable end.
8 PM - Bahay Bata by: Eduardo Roy
Sarah is a nurse at a Public Maternity Hospital. The hospital is abuzz with pregnant mothers of all shapes and sizes in different stages of labor. The hospital is short on staff on Christmas Day so Sarah is forced to put in a double shift. Sarah observes the women coming and going in her ward, noting who is a first-timer and who is a veteran. The wards are over crowded: two women and their babies sharing single beds while those in labor are spilling unto the hallways. Sarah takes these all in stride, her heart and mind laboring over her own personal pains.
JULY 28 (Thursday)
5 PM - Cuchera by: Joseph Laban
It is based on a true story, a Filipino drug mules, drug couriers and their recruiters.
8 PM - I-Libings by: Rommel Sales
A coming of age story about Isabel's lessons and realizations on life and death as a funeral videography intern.
JULY 29 (Friday)
5 PM - Nino by: Loy Arcenas
The once illustrious Lopez-Aranda family has faded. Celia, once the darling of Philippine opera, and Gaspar, a distinguished ex-congressman, lacked the shrewdness to maintain their once elegany status.
8 PM - Ligo na U, Lapit na Me by: Erick Salud
Intoy is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus. Jenny is rich and quirky; Intoy is street-smart and ordinary. But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other. Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny. But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant. Worst, Jenny tells him: "Don't worry, this is not yours."
AUGUST 2 (Tuesday)
5 PM - Teoriya by: Zurich Chan
Is a story about loss that centers on Jim. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, he goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. he arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn't know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zambianga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.
8 PM - Bisperas by: Jeffrey Jeturian
On the eve of Christmas, the Aguinaldo family's residence is burglarized, causing its members to identify stolen items and uncover lingering sentiments they have hidden from each other. Amidst the tension brought about by the burglary, the Aguinaldo family realizes how treasured sentiments have been lost, relationships have evolved as they arrive from church at a house in shambles.
AUGUST 3 (Wednesday)
5 PM - Isda by: Adolfo Alix Jr.
A couple, Lina and Miguel, move into a dumpsite in Catmon, Malabon from Pangasinan. As they adjust to their new abode and surroundings, Lina's longing to have a child of her own intensifies. Miguel get sick and loses his job, he joins his wife in scavenging. Lina finds a burned image of St. Peregrine in the dumpsite and keeps it. Then one day, the news spreads quickly that Lina is pregnant. When her belly has swollen bigger, she gets out of her hut to show the world how a fulfilled woman she is. In the middle of a storm, she gives birth. Her son is a fish!
8 PM - Busong by: Aureaus Solito
Punay was born with wounds in her feet so that she cannot step on the earth. Her brother carries her through a hammock, as he searches the changing landscape of Palawan in hoping to find a healer who can cure Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way - a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat and a young man who is searching for himself - and each one meets their fate.
AUGUST 4 (Thursday)
5 PM - Shorts A:
Un Diutay Mundo by: Anna Carlyn Lim
Samarito by: Rafa Santos
Walang Katapusang Kwarto by: Emerson Reyes
Every Other Time by: Gino Santos
Nino Bonito by: Rommel Tolentino
8 PM - Patikul by: Joel Lamangan
The long standing conflict between the military forces and the rebel group Abu Sayaff has severely ravaged the poor town of Patikul in Sulu. Residents have become so accustomed to the armed clashes, that reports of kidnappings and recruitment of young Tausugs to join the rebel groups already became normal news to them.
AUGUST 5 (Friday)
5 PM - Shorts B:
Hanapbuhay by: Henry Frejas
Oliver's Apartment by: Misha Balangue
Immanuel by: Gio Puyat
Debut by: Pamela Clares Reyes
Hazard by: Mikhail Red
7 PM - New Breed (Best Picture)
9 PM - Directors Showcase (Best Picture)