15th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival – Short Films Finalists


We present the list of short films that will compete at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (Philippines) which will take place from August 2nd – 11th, 2019.

Finalists – (More information will be available soon)


Wag mo Kong Kausapin

Wag mo Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking) by Josef Gacutan
Philippines | 2017 – 14 minutes

An animated film centered on Sixto, an elderly man who tries to repair his relationship with his estranged son, Please Stop Talking explores loneliness, regret and isolation at old age. (SGIFF 2018 Catalogue)


Disconnection Notice

Disconnection Notice by Glenn Lowell Averia – Philippines | 2018

Paul, a middle child, struggles to adjust with his new responsibilities as the eldest in their home while failing to reconnect with his estranged younger brother in the process (The Movie Database)



Gatilyo by Harold Lance Pialda – Philippines | 2018 – 15 minutes

Mental health is also the main theme of “Gatilyo,” which tells the story of a soldier (Rocky Salumbides), the lone survivor of an ambush, who is being haunted by the war he survived. (Business Mirror)


Heist School

Heist School by Julius Renomeron Jr. – Philippines | 2018 – 18 minutes

A ragtag group of students try to steal from the faculty room as they save both their grades and their friendship. (FilmFreeway Profile)


Hele ng maharlika (Lullaby of the free) by Norvin De Los Santos – Philippines



Kontrolado ni girly ang buhay niya by Gilb Baldoza – Philippines


Sa among agway

Sa among agway (In between Spaces) by Don Senoc – Philippines

Jun is a farmer who lives with his mother Dita and his brother Mako. His aunt from Manila who can’t bear a child offers to adopt Mako


Sa gabing tanging

Sa gabing tanging liwanag ay paniniwala (Belief as the light in darkness) by Francis Amir Guillermo – Philippines


The Shoemaker

Shoemaker by Sheron Dayoc – Philippines



Tembong (Connecting) by Shaira Advincula
Philippines | 2018 – 15 minutes

Grieving for the recent passing of his mother, a T’boli man in South Cotabato collects a series of patterns as an abaca spirit visits him in his dreams. This sends him on a journey of unearthing his history, making him disregard the consequences of defying a sanctified practice through secretly enduring the tedious process of weaving T’nalak, defining birth, life, marriage, and death, a sacred cloth only to be weaved by women. (FilmFreeway Profile)


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