Manila is now popular as a megacity that is ideal for cinephiles. Although it usually show Pinoy romantic comedies and Hollywood blockbusters, movie-goers today embrace the introduction of independent film festivals which showcase originally made Filipino films.As a matter of fact, it’s no secret that many film buffs from around the world visit the Philippines just to watch local films which help boost Philippine tourism in that aspect. Many luxury hotels and even budget inns in Manila, especially the ones near Cultural Center of the Philippines or Quezon City, get full bookings during the festival duration. Patron of the arts are willing to spend just to take part in these inspiring gatherings!
Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries
The annual hosting of local film festivals made Metro Manila popular among film makers and film watchers hailing from various parts of the globe. Now, refer to the following list of independent film festivals in the Philippines for a quick guide on what to expect in the indie film industry!
December 15, 2009 is a memorable day for me as a film maker. Why? Because for the first time, my short films entitled Kuya Bunso and The 12th of June were shown in a non-blogger event. Thanks to Mr. Mike Dagnalan (Isnats, River of Dreams, Karoler), who serves as one of my mentors at the Sinelab Scriptwriting Workshop for inviting me to be a part of this month’s Eksena at Tomato Bomb.
Blogger Actors @ Tomato Bomb
I invited some of my blogger friends (mostly part of the production team) two nights before the film showing. I am quite confident because the feedback in the Davao Bloggers screening was positive. In fact, half of them preferred Kuya Bunso though most of the girls preferred The 12th of June for obvious reasons 🙂
Last Thursday, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the five bloggers to cover the Cinemalaya 2009 press conference. I am seriously a big fan of Filipino Independent Movies and I am a supporter of these films which i believe must be patronized by the public as most of these works are based on the “real” side of the Philippines and its people. Some of my favorite Cinemalaya films are Endo and 100.
Cinemalaya 2009 – Saan Nagtatago si CCP? (Where is CCP?)
Now on its fifth year, the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition presents Cinemalaya Cinco. The festival is slated on July 17-26, 2009. Â Expect 25 new digital movies on the competing category.
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