When the eighth Cinemalaya Film Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 20, it will open with a tribute to Mario O'Hara, who died on June 26. His award-winning movie, "Ang Babae sa Breakwater" (2003), will screen at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The festival, which runs for nine days, is set to show around 60 films in exhibition consisting of special screenings, documentaries, short films by students, retrospectives on experimental films and animation among others, and the tribute to O'Hara also as actor and screenwriter.
Among the films in competition are 10 full-length movies under the New Breed category and five under the Director's Showcase.
Best of the last fest
Cinemalaya is screening the best of last year's festival as well. Festival director Chris Millado said these films have collected accolades here and abroad.
They are: Joseph Israel Laban's "Cuchera," Loy Arcenas's "Niño," Eduardo Roy Jr. and Jerome Zamora's "Bahay Bata," Alvin B. Yapan's "Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa," Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez's "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" and Jeffrey Jeturian's "Bisperas."
Student short films
The Ani section of the festival showcases short films from students as well as those from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Cinema One Originals and winners of the 2011 Gawad Urian. Student shorts from De La Salle University College of St. Benilde, Mapua, FEU and UP will screen in different days at the CCP Dream Theater.
Participating FDCP films from the recently concluded Sineng Pambasa are Ed Lejano's "QWERTY," Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez's winning entry "Ang mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro" and Teng Mangansakan's "Qiyamah" (July 27, 6:15 p.m.).
From Cinema One Originals, there are Sari Dalena's "Ka Oryang," Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga's "Di Ingon 'Na To," Victor Villanueva's "My Paranormal Romance" and Antoinette Jadaone's "Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay."
Also part of the section are Jey Leyco's "Ex Press," Ato Bautista's "'Di Natatapos ang Gabi," Yeng Grande's "Ritwal," Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Francis Lopez's "Reefs of Paradise," Sunshine Matutina's "Imik," Raz dela Torre's "Tukso" and Paul Soriano's "Thelma."
All films in the Ani section will be screened at CCP's Dream Theater (DT). Cinemalaya documentaries are showing at the Little Theater (LT).
The documentaries that will screen include Marty Syjuco's "Give Up Tomorrow," Jay Abello's "Pureza," Sari Dalena's "Guerrera" as well as those produced during the documentary workshop from the Goethe-Institut. They are Arlene Cuevas and Fritz Kohle's "God, Church, Pills and Condoms," GMA's Front Row's "Ang Pinakabata," Benito Bautista's "Harana" and Lyca Benitez-Brown's "Dance of my Life."
Retrospectives and experimental films
The retro section opens with Nick Deocampo's "Let this Film Serve as a Manifesto for a New Cinema;" Romy Vitug, Bibsy Carballo and Eric Torres' "Recuerdos of Two Sundays and Two Roads that Lead to the Sea;" and Raymond Red's "Ang Magpakailan Man."
The retrospective on experimental films, docus, animation and short films are set on July 24-27 at the Dream Theater, with Raymond Red's "Anino" closing the the section on July 28.
The Special Screenings section, on the other hand, features Dante Nico Garcia's "Mahabang Gabi, Madaling Araw," Nick Deocampo's "Cross Currents: Journey to Asian Environments," Chris Kenneally's "Side by Side," Joy Aquino's "Liter of Light," Tikoy Aguiluz's "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" and Ronald Carballo's "Pikit-mata."
This year's Cinemalaya entries, which will run from July 20 to 29, will screen in three venues: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3 in Makati and Trinoma in Quezon City.
Here's the complete Cinemlaya 2012 schedule of film screenings.