Call for Entry

19th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival – Call for Entry 2023

The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival is accepting short films for the Short Film Category until March 3, 2023. *For Filipino filmmakers*

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.

– Only entries by Filipino filmmakers are accepted to the Short Film Category.
– Revised version of a film previously submitted to the festival but not selected will not be reconsidered.
– Films should not exceed the 20-minute mark.
– Interested participants may submit a maximum of three (3) entries but only one (1) entry per proponent may be considered as a finalist.
– Entries must have been produced within the period of April 8, 2022 to March 3, 2023.
 – Short film entries that participated in other local and international festivals and competitions are qualified for the Cinemalaya competition. However, if an entry was submitted and is selected as finalist in both the Cinemalaya Shorts competition and Gawad Alternatibo, the said entry will automatically be removed from the Gawad Alternatibo lineup in favor of Cinemalaya.
– Entries selected as finalists cannot be withdrawn from the competition.
– The selected film shall be considered as the official entry, thus, further editing is not allowed.
– Dialogue should be primarily in Filipino or any Philippine language as appropriate, with English subtitles.
– Films can be submitted online (see link below) or offline (via mail)
Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: March 3, 2023
Notification Date: May 26, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here:

To submit please visit:

We remind readers that the 19th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will take place from August 4- 13, 2023 in Manila, Philippines.

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