Cinemalaya earns award from Japan for years-long support to young Filipino filmmakers, indie films

Cinemalaya Foundation’s support to young and neophyte filmmakers have been recognized by a Japanese corporation.

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The 2019 Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community was given to Cinemalaya for providing platform to filmmakers to showcase their works while contributing to the region’s sustainable development and strengthening the country’s film industry.

For over a decade now, independent filmmakers are given the opportunity to show their work to a larger audience through the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

The annual film festival has been a constant platform for filmmakers to showcase films that talk about social issues, politics, human rights, folk tales, and other themes that mainstream movies often avoid.

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It is handled by the Film, Broadcast and New Media Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines under the leadership of director and actress Laurice Guillen.

The Nikkei Asia Prize will be given to the Cinemalaya Foundation in the awarding ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019.

Since its creation in 2005, the Cinemalaya Foundation has introduced nearly 200 directors and screened nearly 300 feature-length and short films.

Cinemalaya films have been constantly giving pride to the country for earning international recognition.

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With this, according to a report, the Philippine film industry is now considered as one of the “brightest lights in Asian cinema .”

Among the most successful films shown by the film festival was Director Auraeus Solito’s “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” which was chosen for the inaugural event and went on to win awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and elsewhere.

It was also shown in cinemas in over 100 countries.