Cinemalaya 2023 Announces 10 Short Film Finalists

The 19th edition of Cinemalaya will run from August 4-13, 2023

The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. have announced the 10 finalists that will compete for the Best Short Film award at the 19th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The films, which were selected from a pool of 192 submissions, represent a diverse range of genres and styles and explore a variety of human experiences.

The 10 short film finalists of Cinemalaya 2023 are:

  • Tong Adlaw Nga Nag-snow Sa Pinas” by Joshua Caesar Medroso
  • HM HM MHM” by Sam Villa-Real and Kim Timan
  • Golden Bells” by Kurt Soberano
  • Hinakdal” by Arvin Belarmino
  • Kokuryo: The Untold Story of Bb. Undas 2019″ by Diokko Manuel Dionisio
  • “Ang Kining Binalaybay kag Ambahanon ko para sa imo” by Kent John Desamparado
  • Maudi Nga Arapaap (Last Dream)” by Daniel James Magayon
  • Makoko Sa Baybay” by Mike Cabarles
  • “Sibuyas Ni Perfecto (Perfecto’s Onion)” by Januar Yap
  • Sota” by Mae Tanagon

The competing short films tackle a myriad of human stories of different genres. These include family adventure, zombie tale, coming-of-age chronicles, LGBT narrative, and a documentary on horse caretakers, showcasing different techniques and approaches.

The indie films will be screened at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City from August 4 to 13, 2023. The winner of the Best Short Film award will receive a cash prize of Php150,000 and a Balanghai trophy.

Cinemalaya is an annual film festival that showcases the best of independent Filipino cinema. The festival was founded in 2005 with the goal of promoting and supporting Filipino filmmakers. The festival has since become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the Philippines, and has helped to launch the careers of many talented Filipino filmmakers.

The 19th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is scheduled to take place from August 4 to 13, 2023. For more information, visit the Cinemalaya website at

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