Twenty five new digital films will compete in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 20-29, 2012 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3 Makati and Trinoma Quezon City.   

This year, Cinemalaya gets even bigger with the addition of a new major venue at Trinoma in Quezon City, making the reach of Cinemalaya even wider and bigger.  The addition of Trinoma as a third major venue for the festival is part of the vision of Cinemalaya organizers to make the Festival more accessible to the growing number of audiences that attend Cinemalaya.  

Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed full length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors.

Ten films will compete in the New Breed full length feature category.  These are Aparisyonby Vincent Sandoval, AngKatiwala by AloyAdlawan, AngNawawala by Marie Jamora,MgaDayo by Julius Sotomayor Cena, Diablo by Mes de Guzman, IntoySyokoyngKalye Marino by Lemuel C. Lorca, Oros by Paul Sta. Ana, REquieme! by Loy Arcenas, Santa Niña by Emmanuel Quindo Palo, and The Animals by Gino M. Santos.

Five films will vie in the Directors Showcase.  These are Bwakaw by Jun Robles Lana,Kalayaan (Wildlife) by Adolfo B. Alix Jr., MgaMumuntingLihim (Those Little Secrets)by Jose Javier Reyes, Posas (Shackled) by Lawrence Fajardo and KameraObskura by Raymond Red.

Ten films will compete in the short film category.  These are: AngPaghihintaysaBulongby Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, As He Sleeps by SheronDayoc, Balintuna by Emmanuel Escalona Jr., Bohe Sons of the Waves by NadjouaBansil, Manenaya by Richard Legaspi,Pasahero by Mario Celada, Ruweda by Hannah Espia, Sarong Aldaw by MarianitoDio Jr., Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez and Victor by Jarell M. Serencio.

Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CulturalCenter of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Cinemalaya will run from July 20-29, 2012 at the CCP and July 21-29, 2012 at Greenbelt and Trinoma.  Cinemalaya will feature about 60 films on exhibition with twenty five in competition.  It features a variety of sections, namely the NCCA Premieres, Ani,Cinemalaya Documentaries focus on Early Indies and a special Retrospective on Mario O’Hara’s works as actor, writer and director.  This year, highlights will include a retrospective of vintage and rare Filipino film ads in the collection of art patron Danny Dolor.  The Cinemalaya Film Congress is a major part of the Festival. This year also features guest resource person Ralph Guggenheim of Pixar Studios.