August 06, 2018

Cinemalaya 2018 opens with Erik Matti’s ‘BuyBust’

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  • Cinemalaya, the country’s biggest independent film festival, gathered filmmakers and enthusiasts as it formally opened at the CCP Complex with the theme “Wings of Vision.”

    Cinemalaya’s 14th year: Wings of Vision

    The event started with Cinemalaya director Laurice Guillen’s opening remarks, extending her gratitude to people who have been supporting the festival’s ideals.

    Cinemalaya Director Laurice Guillen

    Today, Cinemalaya continues to promote and give its unyielding support to the production of Filipino full feature independent films and short films. Many of these films won awards in local and international film competitions since 2005. The independent film festival already showcased over 1,000 films by independent directors since it was established.

    Anne Curtis is Nina Manigan in Erik Matti’s BuyBust

    Erik Matti’s BuyBust, starring Anne Curtis, and Brandon Vera, was the festival’s opening film. Days prior to its official screening, Buybust was given a rating of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, a popular film review site in the US.

    BuyBust follows the story of Nina Manigan, a rookie narcotics officer who joins a buy-bust operation in the slums of Manila. As the squad realizes that their plan was poorly executed, they struggle to exit the operation site and discover problems bigger than drugs.

    BuyBust’s official movie poster

    The full-length competition features 10 films:

    • Distance by Percival Intalan
    • Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapit Hapon (Waiting for Sunset) by Carlo Encisco Catu
    • ML by Benedict Mique
    • Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) by Iar Lionel Arondaing
    • Kuya Wes by James Robin Mayo
    • Liway by Kip Oebanda
    • School Service by Luisito Ignacio
    • The Lookout by Afi Africa
    • Pan de Salawal by Anna Francesca Espiritu
    • Mamang by Denise O’Hara

    Filmmakers and film enthusiasts gather to support Cinemalaya

    Meanwhile, short films such as Babylon by: Keith Deligero, Kiko by: Jojo Driz, Logro by: Kani Villaflor, Nangungupahan by: Glenn Barit, Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria, Si Astri maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) by Xeph Suarez; “Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)” by Jarell Serencio; “Yakap” by Mika Fabella and Rafael Froilan Jr., and You, Me and Mr. Wiggles by Jav Velasco will be screened at the festival as well.

    Also read: Witness These 10 Films at Cinemalaya 2018 

    Cinemalaya 2018 runs from August 3, 2018 to August 12, 2018. For more information, you may visit Cinemalaya’s official website at or Cinemalaya’s official Facebook page. You may also call CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 local 1704 to 1705. For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

    Written by Jove Moya 

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