Friday, August 24, 2007

CALL FOR ENTRIES TO 2008 Cinemalaya

Entries are now being accepted for the 2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Competition. The deadline for entries for the full length feature category is August 31, 2007 while the deadline for entries for the short feature category is February 22, 2008.

In the full length feature category, applicants must submit a duly completed application form, a two page synopsis, consisting of not more than 500 words, a one page treatment of the story in Filipino or English in no more than 300 words, a brief resume/bio data with two recent 2 x 2 photos of the filmmaker, and samples of previous film/video work in CD/DVD or VHS format. Only entries by Filipino filmmakers who have not yet directed more than three full length commercial feature films will be accepted to the full length feature category.

A Selection Committee will select 25 semi-finalists for the full length feature category on October 6, 2007. A final group of ten finalists will be selected on December 15, 2007. Each of the ten finalists will receive a grant of P500,000 from the Cinemalaya Foundation, as investment for the production of their films.

In the short feature category, applicants must submit their final work in DVD format, a duly completed application form, synopsis in Filipino or English, a brief resume/biodata with two recent 2x2 photos of the filmmaker. Works already in production phase prior to July 17, 2007 and those exceeding 20 minutes will not be accepted. The ten finalists in the short feature category will be selected on April 26, 2008.

All works entered into the Cinemalaya competition must be narrative features that articulate Filipino identity and culture and in digital format. The competition is open to Filipino filmmakers. Interested participants may submit a maximum of three entries.

The 2008 Cinemalaya will be held on July 11-20, 2008 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The twenty films selected as finalists in both categories will be screened during the Festival. Awards for all categories will be given on July 20, 2008 at the CCP. The Best Full Length Feature film will receive an additional grant of P200,000 and the Balanghai Trophy. The Best Short Feature film will receive a grant of P100,000 and a Balanghai Trophy.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc, in partnership with the CCP, the University of the Philippines Film Institute and Econolink Investments Inc. It aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Entries to 2008 Cinemalaya are being accepted at the CCP Media Arts Division, 4th Floor, Tanghalang Pambansa Building (CCP Main Building), CCP Complex, Pasay City. For more information, call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704/05 or visit

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