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Indie actor Kristofer King dies

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The actor is best known for his roles in Brillante Mendoza's movies

Iza Calzado open to kissing transgender actor in future projects

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Iza stars in the Cinemalaya film 'Distance'

#PugadBaboy: Filmfest Entry

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

LOOK: What's on CINE LOKAL this September

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Select SM cinemas have been showcasing indie films on a regular basis; with the screening of at least one indie film every single week

PUTI. Mike Alcazaren's 2012 thriller is returning to movie screens this month for Cine Lokal. Screengrab from

Sotto files Senate resolution for indie film fest

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III wants the MMDA to create a film festival for independent movies saying that the revamped MMFF is prejudicial to regular moviegoers

TITO SOTTO. The senator and actor files a resolution to have an independent film festival during the semestral break. Screengrab from Instagram/helenstito

‘Alimuom ng Kahapon’ Review: Forgettable and whiny

May 10, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The film is riddled with a chronic lack of subtlety and sophistication writes Oggs Cruz

Cinemalaya 2014 announces movie lineup

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:42 AM

The Nora Aunor movie Hustisya is among the movies to be shown in the film festival

Cinemalaya 2014 finalists announced

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:17 PM

Finalists for Cinemalaya 2014 feature a variety of themes

CINEMALAYA. The festival aims 'discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.' Screengrab from Cinemalaya Faceboook

Cinemalaya 2014 accepting entries for Short Feature Category

Jan 29, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Entries to the Short Feature Category of the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition are now being accepted

MMFF Cinephone: From film to phone

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:01 PM

MMFF releases a series of text only films that are viewable completely through a wide variety of mobile phones

TEXT FILM. The Cinephone category features 4 films made entirely out of text characters. Screen grab from 'Make Love' trailer

'Woman of the Ruins': A marriage in ruins

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Keith Sicat effectively captures a society crumbling not from natural or man made disasters but from persisting norms and religion

'WOMAN OF THE RUINS'. The film reflects present-day society, where religion has a grab hold of the very concept of marriage. Screen grab from the trailer

‘Islands:' In the ocean of isolation

Nov 18, 2013 - 5:17 PM

An astronaut a grandmother a tribesman and a director round up this journey that transcends time space and reality

LOVE, LOSS, MEMORY. It is the isolation that separates us, and at the same time, binds us. Screen grab from the trailer

‘Shift' is not a love story

Nov 17, 2013 - 1:29 PM

When sexual preference becomes the immediate obstacle of love what real choice does anyone have?

GIRL MEETS GAY. If 'Shift' tells us anything, it is a subtle reminder that we do not choose who we love. Photo from the film's Facebook

WINNERS: 2013 CinemaOne Originals filmfest

Nov 16, 2013 - 10:21 PM

15 films are part of this year s CinemaOne Originals film festival happening November 11 to 19

'KABISERA' WINNERS. Best Supporting Actress Bing Pimentel, Best Actor Joel Torre, and his nephew Best Director Borgy Torre. Photo by Ira Agting/Rappler

‘Bukas Na Lang Sapagka't Gabi Na:' The art of rebellion

Nov 16, 2013 - 2:32 PM

A film of 4 tangentially related stories with the resulting form impressively more expansive than each of its individual parts

POWER OF VISUALS. a quieting reminder that every frame tells its own story. Photo from the film's Facebook

'Riddles of My Homecoming:' A profound purgatory

Nov 15, 2013 - 1:43 PM

More than a film it is a poem it is performance art – an abstract mosaic of an island’s profound agony

RIDDLES. The souls are as broken and fractured as the limbo they roam. Photo from the film's Facebook

‘Blue Bustamante’ review: A hero with heart

Nov 14, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Blue Bustamante is an effective nostalgia trip to a time of Japanese styled superheroes and building sized monsters

FORCE FIVE. 'Blue Bustatamante' is an endearing ride with a single destination – childhood. Screen grab from the trailer

Indie film Nuwebe tackles rape and incest

Aug 07, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Cinemalaya film entry Nuwebe deals with the ugly sins of society rape and incest and a child’s journey to transcend her trauma

Jasmine Curtis-Smith's first film an indie

Jul 28, 2013 - 12:49 PM

She s a Filipino Israeli in the Cinemalaya entry Transit She gets to speak Hebrew too

INSPIRED BY 'TRANSIT.' Jasmine feels she belongs to the indies. Image from her Facebook page

Docu on love and migration opens Cinemalaya

Jul 27, 2013 - 4:03 PM

Jazz in Love is not just about a gay love story It s about love says filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama

ALL ABOUT LOVE. Villarama's docu, she says, isn't just about a gay relationship. Poster from Voyage Film Studios

Marginalized filmmaking: a review of 'Rekorder'

Jun 21, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Rekorder is the one Cinemalaya entry that may carry the whole festival

POST-MODERN THESIS. Red's 'Rekorder,' in the Godardian tradition, is a film about filmmaking. Production still from Rekorder 2013 Facebook Page.

'Transmigrate:' A different kind of indie

Jun 15, 2013 - 6:27 PM

Film maker Criselle Quinn expands the definition of indie in her film Transmigrate

BRAVE NEW WORLD. Criselle Quinn is among a new breed of film-makers taking 'indie' film-making to a different level. Screenshot from YouTube (SpartanSeriesFilms)

Entertainment wRap: Cannes 2013

May 15, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Here s the latest news on the forthcoming Cannes International Film Festival

CANNES WRAP. Here are news about the forthcoming festival. Photo from the Cannes International Film Festival Facebook page

The indie filmmaker’s savior: call center generation

Jan 19, 2013 - 10:54 AM

Indie filmmakers and the call center generation should work hand in hand in finally solving the search for the great Filipino audience and this era’s Great Filipino Film

A misadventure in indie filmmaking

Aug 04, 2012 - 5:01 PM

‘Ang Mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro’ is a hilarious crime caper slash call to cinematic arms

RIGHT SMACK. Soliman Cruz gets a taste of Ronnie Lazaro’s fist of fury. All movie stills courtesy of Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez.

Nora Aunor, Brillante Mendoza wrap up Tawi-Tawi shoot

Apr 29, 2012 - 7:08 PM

The country s superstar stayed close to 2 weeks in Tawi Tawi to shoot her indie film

DOWN SOUTH. Superstar Nora Aunor poses with Tawi-Tawi Vice-Governor Ruby Sahali before the shooting of indie flim "Thy Womb" directed by Brillante Mendoza. (Photo courtesy of Vice-Gov Ruby Sahali)