The Feature-Length Entries of Cinemalaya 2017


Don’t miss out on Philippine Independent Cinema’s best yet! Cinemalaya is back to inspire and bring joy to fans and practitioners of the local movie scene. What’s in-store this 2017? Here’s the complete lineup of the full-length category.

Seeing the Big Picture

The 13th run of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival makes it its mission to reintroduce the viewers to the true form and experience of cinema. During the opening ceremony held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP main theater), festival director Chris Millado had a few words to say about what Cinemalaya’s theme of Seeing the Big Picture meant:

“To encourage the audience to see films on the big screen and not just on their smart phones; to experience film viewing by interacting with those who make them.”

Cinemalaya aims to expand independent cinema’s following by offering more to its fans and viewers. From an abundance of submissions, Cinemalaya has partnered with up-and-coming practitioners to tell unique stories that are guaranteed to appeal to different audiences.

The Main Attractions: Cinemalaya 2017’s Full-length Category

The films featured in this year’s Cinemalaya have been carefully selected to offer new perspective to the seemingly mundane human condition; and new meaning to the everyday situations we Filipinos face.


Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa

Director: Perry Escano
Main Cast: Alfred Vargas, Mon Confiado, James Blanco, Miggs Cuaderno, Micko Laurente, Marc Justin Alvarez



Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha

Director: Mes de Guzman
Main Cast: Sharon Cuneta, Niño Muhlach, Moi Bien




Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Main Cast: Elora Españo, Therese Malvar, JM Salvado, Bembol Roco




Director: Zig Madamba Dulay
Main Cast: Angeli Agbayani, Shamaine Buencamino, Boots Anson-Roa


Kiko Boksingero

Director: Thop Nazareno
Main Cast: Noel Cornia Jr., Yayo Aguila, Yul Servo




Director: Sonny Calvento
Main Cast: JC Santos, Gina Alajar, Jameson Blake, Elaine Yu




Director: Nerissa Picadizo
Main Cast: Jake Cuenca, Anna Luna, Richard Quan




Director: Treb Monteras II
Main Cast: Abra, Dido de la Paz, Loonie



Sa Gabing Nananahimik ang mga Kuliglig

Director: Iar Arondaing
Main Cast: Angel Aquino, Jake Macapagal, Jess Mendoza, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Dinisio, Ricky Davao



Catch these flicks while you can! Cinemalaya runs from August 4 to 13, with screenings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Fairview Terraces, Greenbelt 3, Greenbelt 4, Trinoma and U.P. Town Center.

Which of these films have you watched, and what are your thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments!

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