PRESS RELEASE

June 16, 2022 

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. reveals the competing films in the Short Film Category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2022.

The 12 finalists are: Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol (It’s Raining Frogs Outside) by Maria Estela Paiso; Black Rainbow by Zig Dulay; City of Flowers by Xeph Suarez; Dikit by Gabriela Serrano; Distance by Dexter Paul de Jesus; Duwa-Duwa by Nena Jane Achacoso; Mga Handum Nga Nasulat Sa Baras (The Dreams That Are Written in the Sand) by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico; Mata Kang Busay (Vision of the Falls) by Nino Maldecir and Cyphor John Gayorgor; Kwits by Raz de la Torre; Roundtrip to Happiness by Claudia Fernando; See You, George! by Mark Moneda; and Si Oddie by Maria Kydylee Torato.

The selection committee, composed of Teddy Co, Joel Ruiz, Manet Dayrit, Lee Briones, and Martika Escobar, confirmed the finalists after intense deliberation of 199 submitted entries.

The 12 short feature film finalists will be screened during the 2022 Cinemalaya Festival, happening on August 5 to 14, 2022 at various CCP venues and select partner cinemas. The best short feature film will be awarded a cash prize amounting to Php150,000 and a Balanghai trophy during the Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 14, 2022, at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

On its 18th year, the Cinemalaya returns to on-site screenings after its successful online streaming. The film festival is an all-digital film competition that aims to discover, encourage, and support the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

For more information, please visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and www.cinemalaya.org. Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.