10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival

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Cinemalaya X
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Official poster
Opening film Documented by Jose Antonio Vargas
Closing film A Thief, a Kid and a Killer by Nathan Adolfson
Location Metro Manila, Philippines
Film titles 25
Festival date August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)–August 10, 2014 (2014-08-10)
Website Official Website
Cinemalaya chronology

The 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, also billed as Cinemalaya X was held from August 1–10 of 2014 in Metro Manila, Philippines. The achievements of Cinemalaya over the past ten years are summed up in the festival’s theme: A Decade of Connecting Dimensions. The theme highlights Cinemalaya as a flourishing network of individuals, groups and institutions with a common goal of developing and promoting Filipino independent filmmaking.[1]

The achievements of Cinemalaya over the past ten years are summed up in the Festival’s theme: A Decade of Connecting Dimensions. The theme highlights Cinemalaya as a flourishing network of individuals, groups and institutions with a common goal of developing and promoting Filipino independent filmmaking. Special events and new Festival features will add to the excitement of Cinemalaya X. These include the launching of the Cinemalaya X book, announcement of the Cinemalaya Logo Contest winner, the introduction of the Cinemalaya Achievement Award, special exhibitions that will document the story of Cinemalaya’s first decade, a Cinemalaya X Retrospective. The Cinemalaya X book is a commemorative publication chronicling the history of Cinemalaya and its contributions to Philippine cinema. The book will be launched on August 3, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.[2]

The book, Cinemalaya Foundation president Nestor O. Jardin said, is a tribute to the Filipino indie filmmaker. “The success of Cinemalaya is undoubtedly due to the 164 filmmakers who for the past ten editions of the competition and festival produced quality films that have broken the boundaries of filmmaking in the country.

The festival was opened by Jose Antonio Vargas' Documented, a documentary film that chronicles his life living in America and his struggles as an undocumented immigrant. While the closing film was A Thief, a Kid and a Killer, a crime-drama film directed by American director Nathan Adolfson, starring Epi Quizon and Felix Roco.[3]

At the awards ceremony held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on August 10; Francis Xavier Pasion’s Bwaya, won Best Film as well as three other awards in the New Breed category while Jose Altarejos’ Kasal was named Best Film in the Directors Showcase category, with Nora Aunor winning the Best Actress plum, also in the Directors Showcase category, of the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.[4]


The fifteen feature-film entries are divided into two separate competitions. The five feature-film entries will compete under the Directors Showcase which are presented by veteran film directors of the country. While the other ten feature-film entries will compete under the New Breed section which are presented by first-time or young filmmakers working today. The Short Film section has also ten competing entries. The winning film is highlighted with boldface and a dagger.

Directors Showcase[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre
Asintado Louie Ignacio Aiko Melendez, Gabby Eigenmann, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jake Vargas, and Miggs Cuaderno Drama, Thriller
Hari ng Tondo Carlos Siguion-Reyna Robert Arevalo, Cris Villonco, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Aiza Seguerra, and Eric Quizon, and Ali Sotto Comedy-drama
Hustisya Joel Lamangan Nora Aunor, Rocco Nacino, Rosanna Roces, Sunshine Dizon, Romnick Sarmenta, Chynna Ortaleza, Gardo Versoza, Sue Prado, Jeric Gonzales, and Chanel LaTorre Drama, Political thriller
The Janitor Mike Tuviera Dennis Trillo, Derek Ramsay, Richard Gomez, LJ Reyes, Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan, Raymond Bagatsing, Alex Medina, Jerald Napoles, and Nicco Manalo Action, Thriller
Kasal Joselito Altarejos Arnold Reyes, Oliver Aquino, Rita Avila, Sue Prado, and Ron Cieno Romance

New Breed[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre
1st ko si 3rd Real Florido Nova Villa, Freddie Webb, Dante Rivero, Charee Pineda, RJ Agustin, and Ruby Ruiz Romantic comedy
Bwaya Francis Xavier Pasion Angeli Bayani, Karl Medina, and RS Francisco Drama
Children's Show Derick Cabrido Allen Dizon, Gloria Sevilla, Miggs Cuaderno, Buboy Villar, and Nathan Lopez Drama
Dagitab Giancarlo Abrahan V Eula Valdez, Noni Buencamino, and Martin del Rosario Romantic drama
K’na, The Dreamweaver Ida Anita del Mundo Mara Lopez, RK Bagatsing, Alex Medina, Noni Buencamino, and Bembol Roco Romantic drama
Mariquina Milo Sogueco Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Barbie Forteza, Bing Pimentel, Che Ramos, and Dennis Padilla Drama
Ronda Nick Olanka Ai-Ai de las Alas, Julian Trono, Carlo Aquino, Mon Confiado, Carlos Morales and Cogie Domingo Drama
Separados GB Sampedro Erik Santos, Alfred Vargas, Jason Abalos, Ricky Davao, Anjo Yllana, Victor Neri, Ritz Azul, Melissa Mendez, and Patricia Javier Drama
Sundalong Kanin Janice O'Hara Marc Abaya, Art Acuña, Enzo Pineda, Paolo O'Hara, Che Ramos, Ian de Leon, Via Veloso, Isaac Aguirre, Elijah Canlas, Akira Morishita, Angelo Martinez, and Nathaniel Britt Period drama
#Y Gino Santos Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young, and Chynna Ortaleza Teen drama

Short Films[edit]

Title Director
Asan si Lolo Me Sari Estrada
Eyeball Thop Nazareno
Ina-Tay Chloe Anna Veloso
Indayog ng Nayatamak Joris Fernandez
Mga Ligaw na Paru-paro JE Tiglao
Lola Kevin Ang
Nakabibinging Katahimikan Paolo O'Hara
The Ordinary Things We Do David R. Corpuz
Padulong sa Pinuy-Anan Fedwelyn Villarba Sabolboro
Tiya Bening Ralph Aldrin Quijano


This year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival awards night was held Sunday night, August 10, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.[5] Under the Director's Showcase category, Joselito Altarejos' Kasal, a slice-of-life drama of a gay couple, won the Best Film and was cited for its “deeply sensitive and moving depiction of the intricacies of relationships.” While Francis Xavier Pasion's Bwaya won the Best Film of the New Breed selection and was cited “for its melding of documentary and fictional filmmaking, its effective depiction of a community’s efforts to come to grips with the horrible death of a young girl from a crocodile attack, and its powerful evocation of the marshes of Agusan in Mindanao, a vast wilderness where man and beast seek to maintain an ecology of cohabitation.” [6]

It is also the first time in Cinemalaya history to give the award of the Gawad Balanghai as a lifetime achievement award. Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, dubbed as the "Father of Philippine Independent Cinema", was given the first Gawad Balanghai for he "has contributed to the development and promotion of Philippine independent cinema, we also take cognizance of the fact that there are many individuals and organizations that have likewise been instrumental to the rise of the independent film movement in our country.”[7]

Full-Length Features[edit]

Directors Showcase
  • Best Film – Kasal by Joselito Altarejos
  • Best Direction – Mike Tuviera for The Janitor
  • Best Actor – Robert Arevalo for Hari ng Tondo
  • Best Actress – Nora Aunor for Hustisya
  • Best Supporting Actor – Nicco Manalo for The Janitor
  • Best Supporting Actress – Cris Villonco for Hari ng Tondo
  • Best Screenplay – Aloy Adlawan and Mike Tuviera for The Janitor
  • Best Cinematography – Mycko David for Kasal
  • Best Editing – Tara Illenberger for The Janitor
  • Best Sound – The Janitor
  • Best Original Music Score – Richard Gonzales for Kasal
  • Best Production Design – Harley Alcasid for Kasal
New Breed
  • Best Film – Bwaya by Francis Xavier Pasion
    • Special Jury Prize – K'na, the Dreamweaver by Ida Anita del Mundo
    • Audience Choice Award – Sundalong Kanin by Janice O'Hara
  • Best Direction – Giancarlo Abrahan for Dagitab
  • Best Actor – Dante Rivero for 1st Ko si 3rd
  • Best Actress – Eula Valdes for Dagitab
  • Best Supporting Actor – Miggs Cuaderno for Children's Show
  • Best Supporting Actress – Barbie Forteza for Mariquina
  • Best Screenplay – Giancarlo Abrahan for Dagitab
  • Best Cinematography – Neil Daza for Bwaya
  • Best Editing – Gerone Centeno for Children's Show
  • Best Sound – Jonathan Hee and Bryan Dumaguina for Children's Show
  • Best Original Music Score – Erwin Fajardo for Bwaya
  • Best Production Design – Toym Imao for Kna, the Dreamweaver
Special Awards
  • Gawad Balanghai – Kidlat Tahimik
  • Canon Best Cinematography of the Festival - Mycko David for "Children's Show"
  • NETPAC Award
    • Directors Showcase – Hustisya by Joel Lamangan
    • New Breed – Bwaya by Francis Xavier Pasion

Short Films[edit]

  • Best Short Film – Asan si Lolo Me by Sari Estrada
    • Special Jury Prize – The Ordinary Things We Do by David Corpuz
    • Audience Choice Award – Lola by Kevin Ang
  • Best Direction – Kevin Ang for Lola
  • Best Screenplay – Kevin Ang for Lola


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