The Unreel Guide to the 2019 Cinemalaya Film Festival
Welcome to the Unreel Cinemalaya 2019 Festival Guide! It’s the one-page primer for all-things Cinemalaya 2019 – complete with information on film entries (full-length and short films), trailers, tickets, screening schedule and more. Read on for our festival guide.
The Cinemalaya Film Festival returns for its fifteenth iteration on August 2-13, 2019. This year, the country’s premier film festival sails nationwide, as screenings will now be open in cinemas outside Luzon. Festival goers from Visayas and Mindanao can now catch screenings of competing films at Ayala Malls Legazpi, Capitol Central Bacolod, Abreeza Davao, Vista Cinemas Pampanga, Vista Cinemas Naga, and Vista Cinemas Iloilo.
Last year’s theme was “Wings of Vision”. As of writing, the Cinemalaya Foundation is yet to reveal this year’s theme, although it has already released a very “eye-catching” festival poster, which you can see to the right.
See the Cinemalaya 2019 announcement of its nationwide release below:
Cinemalaya 2019 Movies: Full List of Entries
Cinemalaya once again treats us to an interesting mix of stories in its full-length feature competition, including a crime drama, a sci-fi adventure, and even a cautionary tale about the perils of social media.
Familiar names are also in this year’s lineup. Iza Calzado stars in Sheryl Rose Andes’ “Pandanggo sa Hukay”, Mylene Dizon is in the romance film “Belle Douleur”, and Sunshine Cruz and Raymond Bagatsing both star in the romantic drama “Malamaya”. Xian Lim also makes his directorial debut with the crime-thriller, “Tabon”.
Aside from the full-length entries, ten short films will also be showcased during the Festival. See the complete lineup of festival entries below.
Full Length Features
ANI (The Harvest)
Kim Zuniga and Sandro Del Rosario
When his grandfather falls ill, an orphaned boy and his malfunctioning robot embark on a quest to look for magical grains that he believes will save the old man’s life.
BELLE DOULEUR (A Beautiful Pain)
Joji V. Alonso
Belle Douleur tells the story of a woman’s journey of finding happiness as she breaks free from the confines that society puts on women.
ANNAK TI KARAYAN (Children Of The River)
The blissful simplicity of life for four childhood friends comes to a tragic halt when phone calls came late one morning.
A public hospital serves as a witness to a young boy’s rite of passage when he is stuck to take care of his ailing father. Caught in a place where life itself is in limbo, the boy treats the hospital grounds as his playground, not knowing that it will be his source of liberation in the end.
Eduardo Roy, Jr.
Ace (23) and Miko (17) desperately want to become famous actors but it seems the Universe has a different plan for their lives.
A loving but impoverished grandmother of an autistic child tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be.
JOHN DENVER TRENDING
Arden Rod Condez
A 14-year-old farmboy’s life is suddenly upended when a video of him brutally attacking a classmate went viral.
MALAMAYA (THE COLOR OF ASH)
Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez
A pessimistic uninspired middle-aged artist finds spark with a millennial photographer who leads her on a path of creative and sexual reawakening.
PANDANGGO SA HUKAY
Sheryl Rose Andes
A small-town midwife’s preparation for a job interview is disrupted by a series of unfortunate turn of events.
A man’s belief in reality is tested when suspects are accused of a crime they believe to not have committed.
Cinemalaya 2019 Short Films
‘WAG MO ‘KONG KAUSAPIN (PLEASE STOP TALKING)
An elderly man tries to repair his relationship with his estranged son, but a mysterious black figure gets in the way.
Glenn Lowell Averia
Away from his home in the province, Paul shuffles between the responsibilities of being the eldest sibling in their apartment and reconnecting with his youngest brother Carl who now lives with him.
Harold Lance Pialda
The lone survivor of an ambush is being haunted by the war he survived.
Julius Renomeron, Jr.
A ragtag group of students try to steal from the faculty room as they save both their grades and friendship
HELE NG MAHARLIKA (LULLABY OF THE FREE)
Norvin de los Santos
In the midst of an ongoing siege, a reluctant child combatant finds a safe place to pray where he meets a newly orphaned, infidel boy who seeks refuge in the unknown.
KONTROLADO NI GIRLY ANG BUHAY N’YA (GIRLY IS IN CONTROL OF HIS LIFE)
Gay teenager Girly looks for a job in a world he is unaware of.
SA AMONG AGWAT (IN BETWEEN SPACES)
Jun is a farmer who lives near a pineapple field with his mother Dita and his brother Mako. His aunt from Manila who can’t bear a child offers to adopt Mako with a promise to give him a good life. Jun and Mako face their impending separation and think of ways they can spend every minute together.
SA GABING TANGING LIWANAG AY PANINIWALA (BELIEF AS THE LIGHT IN DARKNESS)
Francis Amir Guillermo
The continuous disappearance of townsmen ignited the town captain to search the woods in order to find out who is behind the disappearances and where are the people being brought to. Upon his search, the town captain and his son came across a mysterious answer.
In a culture where designs are dreamt about and to be woven only by women, a T’boli man is challenged to face a cultural norm as the abaca goddess shows him a pattern to weave in his dreams.
Set in Marikina, the shoe capital of the Philippines, an aging lady shoemaker gets a visit from her first love who abandoned her for three decades.
Cinemalaya 2019 Schedule
Updated on July 6: The Cinemalaya Facebook page has shared in a post that Cinemalaya Deputy Festival Director Ms. Teresa Rances has confirmed the screening venues and schedule below:
August 2-11 – Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
August 7-13 – selected AYALA CINEMAS in Metro Manila and the regions:
Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta (Makati City)
Trinoma and UP Town Center (Quezon City)
Market! Market! (Taguig City)
Ayala Malls Legazpi (Bicol)
Ayala Malls Abreeza (Davao City)
apitol Central (Bacolod City)
August 7-13 — selected VISTA CINEMAS in Metro Manila and the regions:
Evia Lifestyle Center (Las Piñas City)
Vista Cinemas San Fernando, Pampanga
Vista Cinemas Naga City (Bicol)
Vista Cinemas Iloilo City
Note that screenings for the first five days of the Festival (August 2-6) will be held exclusively at the CCP. We will be updating this guide when more detailed screening schedules of all the films become available.
Cinemalaya 2019 Tickets and Festival Passes
Updated on July 6: Details for the Festival Passes (RFID and Ticketed) have already been released, but the pricing and availability of regular Cinemalaya tickets are not yet available. You may refer below for the Cinemalaya Festival Pass prices:
As of writing, details for the regular tickets have not yet been released, but you may get in touch with the following offices for ticket inquiries and reservations:
CCP Box Office: 832-3704
CCP Sales and Promotions Office: 832-3706
Ticketworld Ticketing Hotline: 891-9999.
Cinemalaya 2019 Frequently Asked Questions
When will Cinemalaya 2019 happen?
The 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival happens on August 2nd – August 13th, 2019.
Where will Cinemalaya 2018 films screen?
Aside from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, screenings will also be held at the following venues: Greenbelt, Glorietta, Trinoma, UP Town Center, Market! Market!, Evia Lifestyle Center, Ayala Malls Legazpi, Capitol Central Bacolod, Abreeza Davao, Vista Cinemas Pampanga, Vista Cinemas Naga, Vista Cinemas Iloilo.
If it’s your first time, we urge you to watch in CCP, just to waft the festival culture. It’s fun.
Can I order tickets/festival online?
As of writing, Cinemalaya has not yet announced any method of purchasing your tickets online. However, you can contact the CCP Box Office for ticket inquiries at 832-3704, or Ticketworld’s ticketing hotline at 891-9999.
Is there concession stands (food, drinks, etc.) available near CCP? Any recommendations?
A whole strip of food vendors set up shop around CCP during Cinemalaya. This should give festival goers a good selection of food and snack items. Beyond that, there are food establishments nearby at the Harbour Square.
How to go to CCP via commute?
The easiest commute to CCP would be via the LRT-1. Alight at Vito Cruz station. You’re to turn right at P. Ocampo Street; from there, you have the option to walk (15 minutes), take the jeepney or hail a tricycle. Here’s a GMaps screenshot for your reference.