Its been a big year for Cinemalaya 2019 and this year’s winners reflect not only artistry and talent but also a sign of the times. The Philippines’ most prestigious film festival feted the best of best during last night’s awards ceremonies and crowned John Denver Trending, a film about a young boy who fell victim to bullying because of a viral video as the Best Full Length Feature among the 10 entries.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines recently held a press conference to usher in the finalists to Cinemalaya 2019’s full length category. But one thing I realized as I attended the prestigious independent film festival several years back is that it was a gem for short films too.
Its that time of the year again and film afficionados are definitely counting the days to the Cinemalaya Festival 2019. The festival which celebrates proudly Filipino independent films kicks off in less than a month on August 2 and will run until August 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select theaters.