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Cinemalaya cancels 2022 online screenings

To support the participation of participating films in international film festivals, Cinemalaya had to forego the online screening of this year’s entries.

Cinemalaya cancels 2022 online screenings-Ann Manhit
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FRESH SCOOPS

10/21/2022 03:00 PM
Cinemalaya cancels 2022 online screenings

Cinemalaya films will not be having an online screening for 2022.

Unfortunately for film enthusiasts, it would have to be a much longer wait to view this year’s entries to the Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Cinemalaya is the country’s largest independent film festival. Like many of its counterparts in the industry, it had taken a hit during the pandemic. Still, it was able to pivot and adjust to the demands of the situation. 


In a press release, Cinemalaya reiterated their dedication to the craft. They staunchly declared that not even the pandemic would stop them from “discovering, encouraging, and supporting cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.”

For its 17th anniversary, Cinemalaya came up with the idea of an outdoor hybrid drive-in theatre which they aptly called “Cinema Under The Stars” (CUTS). Originally scheduled for September, the screening had to be postponed as it adjusted to changing protocols and weather conditions. CUTS finally pushed through last December 16 and 17, 2021 at the Liwasang Ullalim. In this special screening, winning short films from Cinemalaya 2020 were shown back-to-back with the winning entries from Cinemalaya 2021. 

READ: Cinemalaya 2020 announces short films finalists

For Cinemalaya 2022, everyone was ecstatic with its return to the physical cinemas. For its 18th edition, Cinemalaya went back home to Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) where the festival had been held prior to the pandemic. 

Cinemalaya showcased 11 full-length films and 12 short features. These were first shown in various venues within CCP, then in select partner cinemas nationwide, then in selected regional communities. 

What many were looking forward to, though, was its online run, which was initially scheduled for online screening from October 17 to 31, 2022 via CCP’s Vimeo account.

However, upon deliberation, the organizers decided to cancel the online screening as it would have hindered the eligibility of the films in international festivals. This decision was not made lightly, and was done so after serious consultation with the filmmakers themselves. 

“According to the Cinemalaya organizing committee, filmmakers will lose their chance to compete in international festivals when films are shown online outside of the Cinemalaya festival proper,” reasoned the Cinemalaya organizers in their press release.