Mainstream stars once again lend their time and talent for the entries that will compete in this year’s Cinemalaya.
The 8th edition of Cinemalaya will be held from July 20-29, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as well as selected cinemas in Greenbelt, Makati City; and TriNoma, Quezon City.
This year’s entries for the New Breed category are: Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker) by Aloy Adlawan; Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) by Marietta “Marie” Jamora; Aparisyon by Vincent Sandoval and Darlene Malimas; Diablo by Mes de Guzman; Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino by Lemuel Lorca; Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens) by Julius Sotomayor Cena; Oros by Paul Sta. Ana; REquieme! by Loy Arcenas; Santa Niña by Emmanuel Palo; and The Animals by Gino Santos.
Filipino directors who have directed at least three full-length commercial feature films get to compete in a separate category known as the Directors Showcase. The five finalists competing are: Bwakaw by Jun Lana;Kalayaan (Wildlife) by Adolfo Alix Jr.; Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red; Posas by Lawrence Fajardo; andMga Mumunting Lihim (Those Little Secrets) by Jose Javier Reyes.
Aside from the full-length entries, there are ten entries competing in the short film category this year. These are: Bohe: Son of the Sea by Nadjoua Bansil, Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo,Pasahero by Mario Celeda, As He Sleeps by Sheron Dayoc, Sarong Aldaw by Marianito Dio Jr.,Balintuna by Emmanuel Escalona Jr., Ruweda by Hannah Espia, Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez,Manenaya (Waiting) by Seymour B. Sanchez and Richard Legaspi, and Victor by Jarell Serencio.