The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a key project of the Foundation first held in July 12-17, 2005 in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines. A competitive film festival, it serves as a concrete means to achieve its purpose to discover gifted filmmakers. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine film industry by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.
Since 2005, Cinemalaya has been held annually, producing new films, many of which have received favorable and enthusiastic response both domestically and internationally, garnering awards here and from major film festivals abroad.
On its 11th year, Cinemalaya reevaluated the impact of its films both locally and internationally, and particularly, regional festivals where they are appreciated for their creative freedom. It saw the need to focus on training new filmmakers to ensure the growth and sustainability of Cinemalaya as the leading independent film festival in Asia. It is for this purpose that Cinemalaya created the Cinemalaya Institute to provide education, training and accreditation of practitioners in key aspects of film production.
Thus, Cinemalaya expands its mission:
· We serve to inspire Asian filmmakers by showcasing the Philippines as the cinematic center of creativity and free artistic expression.
· We commit ourselves to the professionalization of film practitioners in the various aspects of film production.
Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.
The Cinemalaya Foundation is a non-stock, not-for-profit, non-government foundation, committed to the development and promotion of Philippine Independent film.
The Cinemalaya Foundation was established for the following purposes: to help develop and support the production of cinematic works of Filipino independent filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity; to discover, encourage, support, train and recognize gifted Filipino independent filmmakers; to promote Filipino independent films locally and internationally; and to establish a network for exchange, communication, and cooperation among members of the independent film sector.
The core project of the Cinemalaya is the annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which provide financial grants for the production of, at most, 10 full-length feature films which will then compete for the Best Full-length Film award. It also awards financial grants to the production of five full length feature films by veteran directors in the Directors Showcase category. The Cinemalaya competition also recognizes the work of short filmmakers . The Cinemalaya Independent Film Congress is an important component of the Festival, providing a venue for interaction and dialogue between alternative filmmakers and those in the mainstream.
The Cinemalaya Foundation also aims to support other projects such as national outreach, seminars and workshops on production, marketing and distribution of independent films. It hopes to strengthen the presence of Filipino independent films in foreign festivals and competitions, encouraging Filipino filmmakers to enter and be part of the international film circuit.