10 short films are vying for the Cinemalaya 2020 Best Film. After watching all over the weekend, I found my favourite ones and will be reviewing each this week. First on my list is “Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert” or in English, The Broken Vinyl Record. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (The Broken Vinyl Record) By Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori Short Feature Category SYNOPSIS: A closeted gay man in his 60s has been living with HIV for 10 years. His monotonous life takes a sudden turn when he receives an old vinyl record from his dead ex-lover. The first few minutes are all about lolo Bert (Dido Dela Paz). He lives alone in an old brown house. He doesn’t like company so he pretty much ignores people who knock on his door. If you don’t read the synopsis as I do, you will start to think that lolo Bert is an introvert. He cherishes serenity and enjoys a hot cup of coffee on a rainy day. But soon you find …
How many films have you watched online since the start of the community quarantine? Did you watch them on video streaming services like Netflix or maybe on YouTube and Vimeo? With the pandemic, more and more people are supporting local brands especially small businesses. If you are one of them, great. If not, well you might want to consider that we need to help the local industry and that includes film.
WANT to be part of the Cinemalaya film festival but life’s a little tough on the pocket nowadays? Don’t worry you can still participate with the free screenings of selected Cinemalaya featured films. Watch the award-winning short stories from across the Asia in Visions of Asia and Allied Festival sections. These films screenings are made possible through the partnerships with Eiga Sai Japan Film Festival, EuroPelikula, and Iran Film Festival.
THE most anticipated film event of the year, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, streams consciousness beginning August 7, Friday, on the streaming site Vimeo. Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., the biggest indie film festival in the country opens with a short virtual program, with pre-recorded messages from Cinemalaya and CCP airing on the official CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages, Vimeo and Kumu, at 2pm.
THE Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video will showcase screenings of this year’s entries with the theme LIGALIG: Gawad Alt 2.0 as it temporarily migrates to the online live streaming platform on August 7, 2020. The Awards Night will be held on August 15.