Cinemalaya sails to new direction with mentorship program 

Amid the social realities brought by the global health situation where existing protocols make it impossible for the 2020 and 2021 batch to complete their films on time, Cinemalaya re-thinks its direction and strategy to remain significant while continuing to fulfill its mission of discovering, encouraging, supporting, training and recognizing gifted Filipino independent filmmakers.

The winners of the 2019 Cinemalaya Film Festival
While Cinemalaya advocates artistic freedom and creative expression, it pushes filmmakers to break the mold, upskill their filmmaking processes and techniques, and experiment with new ways of storytelling.

For its 2023 edition, Cinemalaya introduces a new direction and further expands its cinematic boundaries through the Cinemalaya Film Lab, a three-month-long film-laboratory mentorship program happening from September to November, conducted entirely online.

The film lab adheres to the educational values of the Cinemalaya Institute, bringing together resource persons from different aspects of filmmaking -- from scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, performance, editing, production design, sound, music, production management to promotion strategies.

By doing this, the Cinemalaya hopes to expand the Main Competition to include feature-length documentaries while encouraging filmmakers to focus on subject matters that capture the heart of the Filipinos. Cinemalaya likewise encourages submissions that combine different genres (“multi-genres”) and even “multimedia” (live-action with animation or purely animation).

At the same time, it intends to prioritize film concepts that are workable or manageable to produce.

To join, interested participant should check requirement from or

Send your entries through this link or to the Film, Broadcast and Media Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

The deadline for submission is at 6:00 p.m. on June 11.

Topics: Cinemalaya , Filipino independent filmmakers , Cinemalaya Film Lab
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