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The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Welcome to the Unreel Cinemalaya 2018 Festival Guide! It’s the one-page primer for all-things Cinemalaya, complete with film info, trailers, ticket information, screening schedule and more. Read on for our festival guide. 

[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]inemalaya, the country’s premier independent film festival, returns for its fourteenth iteration. This year’s lineup showcases feature films from both established and up-and-coming directors. This year also marks the debut of Nespresso’s vertical film festival, a definite first in the festival’s vernacular. The 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival culminates in a 10-day event, from August 3rd thru 12th, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select theaters nationwide.

This year, the theme is “Wings of Vision”—as of press time, Cinemalaya has yet to announce what that theme entails, but along the theme announcement, they’ve unveiled the festival’s key art, which you can see to the right.

Below is Cinemalaya 2018’s official omnibus trailer.

On this festival guide, you’ll find the full list of entries—complete with synopses, film info, and trailers—screening schedules, and other key information as they become available.

If you’re thinking of going, we urge you return to this mega-article in the days leading up to the festival’s culmination—or even better, watch out for regular updates on the festival across our socials.

UPDATE: Our Festival report is finally up ! Read it for our reactions on all competing films both short and full-length. Click the photo below.

Cinemalaya 2018 Films: Full list of entries

This year’s roster sprawls an entire spectrum of stories in its Full-length feature category, starring thespic icons like Eddie Garcia (Bwakaw), Dante Rivero (1st Ko Si 3rd), and Celeste Legaspi (Ang Larawan) as well as up-and-coming actors. Similarly, new and established filmmakers compete for the fest’s awards, usually announced later in its run.

In addition to full-length features, Cinemalaya also hosts its staple short categories, chiefly the In-competition short films and the Gawad CCP showcase. New to this year is the Nespresso Vertical Films competition, which will feature vertically shot films. Read more about it here.

Full-length features

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Distance (Perci Intalan)

Liza returns to the family that she abandoned five years ago and suddenly everyone is struggling. Struggling to stay civil. Struggling not to reopen old wounds. Struggling to stay together even though a secret from the past will always keep them apart.

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Carlo Catu)

An old unmarried couple broke the monotony of their daily lives when the woman’s estranged husband reached out to them, seeking reconciliation and forgiveness.

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Kuya Wes (James Mayo)

Kuya Wes is a timid and earnest remittance clerk who falls for his customer in need, Erika. As Wes helps her from his own pocket, his relationship with his brother degrades, forcing him to change.

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Liway (Kip Oebanda)

The true story of a young mother who uses story-telling to protect her child from the reality of growing up in prison and the difficult life she endured.

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

Mamang (Denise O’Hara)

Mamang is about an old woman’s struggle against the senility of old age so she can be with her only son, Ferdie; however the more she struggles, the more her condition worsens until her memories literally starts coming back and she finds herself reliving a life filled with pain and loss which she must confront again if she wants to stay with her son.

The Unreel Guide to the 2018 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

ML (Benedict Mique)

A college student, his girlfriend and bestfriend get more than what they bargained for when they decide to learn about the dark days of Martial Law straight from an old retired soldier who may be one of its worst abusers.