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Cinemalaya is back in theaters with over 20 film titles this August

Cinemalaya is breaking through the noise and bringing back more film titles live this August 2022. This year marks the first time that the Philippine independent film festival will be showcasing their film selections face to face since the pandemic started.

For its 18th edition, 13 full-length films will compete in the festival. These are films that were meant for the 2020 and 2021 editions but were not showcased due to the pandemic. While, 12 titles will compete for the short film category.


Full-length film titles to watch out for:

  • Kargo by TM Malones

  • Ginhawa by Christian Lat

  • Blue Room by Ma-an L. Asuncion Dagñalan

  • Batsoy by Ronald Espinosa Batallones

  • 12 Weeks by Anna Isabelle Matutina

  • Retirada by Milo Alto Paz and Cynthia Cruz-Paz

  • The Baseball Player by Carlo Obispo

  • Bakit Di Mo Sabihin? by Real Florido

  • Angkas by Rain Yamson II

  • Kaluskos by Roman Perez Jr.

  • Ang Halimaw by Emmanuel Quindo Palo

  • Parole by Briliant Juan

  • Bula sa Langit by Sheenly Gener

The festival will open on August 5, 2022 and will continue to play in CCP venues until August 14. Commercial theatres (such as Ayala Cinemas and SM Cinemas) are also set to air the festival's films from August 10 to 17. While select campuses and community spaces will get their chance on August 22 until the end of the month. Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Mallido says that this will be the first time that the festival would be this 'most distributed.' Announcing that the films would also be available for online viewing by October 2022.


Short film titles to watch out for:

  • Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol (It’s Raining Frogs Outside) by Maria Estela Paiso

  • Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay

  • City of Flowers by Xeph Suarez

  • Dikit by Gabriela Serrano

  • Distance by Dexter Paul de Jesus

  • Duwa-Duwa by Nena Jane Achacoso

  • Mga Handum Nga Nasulat Sa Baras (The Dreams That Are Written in the Sand) by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico

  • Mata Kang Busay (Vision of the Falls) by Nino Maldecir and Cyphor John Gayorgor

  • Kwits by Raz de la Torre

  • Roundtrip to Happiness by Claudia Fernando

  • See You, George! by Mark Moneda

  • Si Oddie by Maria Kydylee Torato

The festival will open with Martika Escobar's Leonor Will Never Die and end with Delikado by Karl Malakunas and We Don't Dance For Nothing by Stefanos Tai, two documentaries that are meant to set the scene for next year's edition. Wherein, Mallido says, Cinemalaya will launch the documentary category.

Tickets are priced at P250, while festival passes are priced at P2500.


Watch the films at the CCP from August 5 to 14, in select Ayala Malls and SM Cinemas from August 10 to 16, and online from October 17 to 31.

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