Cinemalaya 18 screened nationwide at partner malls

The nation’s largest film festival brought closer to cinephiles!

This year's theme, "Breaking Through the Noise"

Just last month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Cinemalaya Foundation partnered with Ayala Malls Cinemas and SM Cinema to present special screenings of the Cinemalaya 18 competition films.

This year’s Cinemalaya 18 is housed at Glorietta, TriNoma, Manila Bay, Capitol Central Bacolod, and CDO Centrio for Ayala Malls Cinemas. On the same note, SM Cinema offered viewing at Megamall, SM City Baguio, SM City Clark, SM City Dasmariñas, and SM City Legazpi.

With this year’s theme “Breaking Through The Noise,” the 2022 Cinemalaya offers a diverse lineup in both the full-length and short film categories. Namely, the 11 full-length films are: “Angkas” (The Backride) by Rainerio C. Yamson II, “Bakit ‘Di Mo Sabihin?” (Tell Her) by Real S. Florido, “Batsoy” by Ronald Espinosa Batallones, “Blue Room” by Ma-an L. Asuncion-Dagñalan, “Bula sa Langit” (Trigger) by Sheenly Gener, “Ginhawa” (Solace) by Christian Paolo Lat, “Kaluskos” (Rustles) by Roman S. Perez, Jr., “Kargo” (Cargo) by TM Malones, “Retirada” (The Retiree) by Milo Alto Paz and Cynthia Cruz-Paz, “The Baseball Player” by Carlo Obispo, and “12 Weeks” by Anna Isabelle Matutina.

Meanwhile, 12 entries of short films were split into two sets. Shorts A consisted of six films: “Roundtrip to Happiness” by Claudia Fernando, “Mata Kang Busay” (Vision of The Falls) by Niño B. Maldecir, “Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol” (It’s Raining Frogs Outside) by Maria Estela Paiso, “Kwits” (Quits) by Raz de la Torre, “Mga Handum Nga Nasulat sa Baras” (The Dreams That Are Written On The Sand) by Arlie Sweet Sumagsay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico, and “City of Flowers” by Xeph Suarez.

Shorts B, on the other hand, is composed of “Si Oddie” by Maria Kydlee Torato, “Duwa-Duwa” (The Play) by Nena Jane Achacoso, “Distance” by Dexter Paul De Jesus, “Dikit” by Gabriela Serrano, “See You, George!” by Mark Moneda, and “Black Rainbow” by Zig Dulay.

Additionally, some screenings were followed by talkbacks for films “Ginhawa” and “Kargo” at Megamall and Glorietta. The talkback for “Retirada” was set at TriNoma. The Cinemalaya Talkback Sessions were designed for audience members to interact with the filmmakers, cast, creative, and production teams face-to-face by giving their feedback on the film or asking questions about it.