17th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival – Programme 2021

We present the programme for the 17th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which will take place online from August 6th until September 5th in Key to Experiences ( platform.

This year the festival will take place online via Key to Experiences ( platform. You can buy your tickets here: – You can pay using credit cards, online banking, over-the-counter local banks and non-local banks (via Dragon Pay), and e-wallets such as GCash, GrabPay, ECPAY and PayMaya. After you pay you will have access to the films for 24 hours.

– Main Competition –
The Dust in Your Place by David Olson
Out of Body by Enrico Po
Namnama en Lolang (Grandmother’s Hope) by Jonnie Lyn P. Dasalla
Maski Papano (I Mask Go On) by Che Tagyamon, Glenn Barit
Kawatan Sa Salog (A Toy in the River) by Alphie Velasco
Crossing by Marc Misa
Ate OG by Kevin Mayuga
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi by Shiri De Leon
Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa (The Last Hopes and Flavors) by Devin Jay Ayson & Mark Moneda
An Sadit na Planeta by Arjanmar H. Rebeta
Beauty Queen by Myra Aquino
Looking for Rafflesias and Other Fleeting Things by James Fajardo
Kids on Fire by Kyle Nieva

– Cinemalaya Retrospective –
Tokwifi (Star) by Carla Pulido Ocampo
Living Things by Martika Ramirez Escobar
Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss by Sonny Calvento
Pabasa Kan Pasyon by Hubert Tibi
Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (To Calm the Pig Inside) by Joanna Vasquez Arong
Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun) by Reeden Fajardo

– Digital Classics –
Karma by Danny L. Zialcita (1981)
Langis at Tubig by Danny L. Zialcita (1980)

– Tributes –
Tribute to Mel Chionglo

– Dokyu –
– Program A
Yugto by Joanna Reyes, Cristy Linga, Ja Turla
A House in Pieces by Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes

– Program B
Paraisong Bacao by Adrian N. Manaois
Masterpiece by Januar Yap and Kristoffer Villarino
Last Days at Sea by Venice Atienza

– Indie Nation Full-Lengh
ECQ Diary (Bawal Lumabas by Arlyn Dela Cruz Bernal
Don Filipino by Tim Muñoz
Kintsugi by Lawrence Fajardo
Lockdown by Joel Lamangan

– Indie Nation Shorts
Program A
by Joanna Vasquez Arong
Basol Balos by Tonny A. Abad
Phone Call by Direk Bee
Konsumatumes by Gio Gonzalves
I Will Die For You by Jaime Morados
Maris by Gabb Gantala

– Program B
Don’t Worry, we still hear you
by Martika Ramirez Escobar
Maratabat by Abdul Rashid Lao
Hija by Christian Paul Lim
10,000 Errors by Giullienne Sanchez
Paraiso by Charles Hilado and Seb Valdez
Regta by Gabb Gantala
This Day by Red Aquino

– Program C
by Gabby Ramos
Last 234! by Genevieve Ofiana
Babu Jalhana by Ram Esteban Estael
Yawyaw Ni JP by Sine Sanyata
Salidumay by Dexter Macaraeg
Rekwerdo by Juls D. Batuang

– Premieres ->
Love and Pain In Between Refrains by Joselito Altarejos
He Who Is Withouht Sin by Jason Paul Laxamana
Highest Peak by Arbi Barbarona
Tao Po by Mae Paner

– Vision of Asia –
Mosul, My Home by Adelet Garmiany – Iraq | 2020
Jazu kissa Beishi: Swify no tanshi (Jazz Café Basie: The Ballad of Swifty) by Tetsuya Hoshino – Japan | 2019
Chronicle of Space by Akshay Indikar – India | 2020
Bandar Band by Manijeh Hekmat – Iran, Germany | 2020
A Dark Dark Man by Adilkhan Yerzhanov – Kazakhstan, France | 2019

– Allied Screenings –
Leona by Isaac Cherem
Bangabandhu: Forever in Our Hearts by by the Department of Films and Publications, Ministry of Information, Government of Bangladesh
Passage of Life by Akio Fujimoto

About the festival:
The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a key project of the Foundation first held in 2005 in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines. A competitive film festival, it serves as a concrete means to achieve its purpose to discover gifted filmmakers. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine film industry by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.

For more information about the festival please go here:

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