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It’s that time of the year again, where cinephiles flock to CCP and Ayala Cinemas to celebrate local indie films. While the local film scene is rife with festivals throughout the year, when it comes to indies Cinemalaya is still at the top.


If you’re planning to catch a couple of screenings, make sure you also check out this year’s short films. From politically-charged plots to rural human interest stories, this year’s selection features something that could cater to everyone’s tastes.


These 12 shorts are split into two sets: Shorts A and Shorts B. You can watch them during the festival’s run from August 4 to 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt, U.P. Town Center, and Trinoma.


Find out what these films are about and check out their trailers below!



(Total Running Time: 77 minutes)


Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25



Directed and Written by: Carlo Francisco Manatad
The first Philippine space shuttle is being launched and an old couple tries to go about their life during this auspicious day.


Sorry for the Inconvenience



Directed and Written by: Carl Adrian Chavez
A timid, bullied teenager decides to take matters into his own hands. Things don’t go as planned and he seeks help from his policeman father.


Lola Loleng



Directed by: Che Tagyamon
A woman returns to her hometown to spend time with a distant relative, Lola Loleng, a senile parol artisan. The short story takes us through Loleng’s life and memories.


Aliens Ata


Directed and Written by: Glenn Barit
Two young brothers grapple with the death of their father, and an OFW mother who came home for the funeral, but is soon about to leave for work again.





Directed and Written by: Juan Carlo Tarobal
An apathetic plastic bottle collector gets caught up in the middle of two warring gangs.


Manong Ng Pa-Aling


Directed by: E. del Mundo
A story about a man’s relationship with the ocean. Despite his age and frailty he decides what to do next after retiring as a fisherman.



(Total Running Time: 86 minutes)


Juana and the Sacred Shores



Directed and Written by: Antonne Santiago
A beautiful maiden living alone on an island is suddenly struck by her loneliness. She performs a ritual for companionship and a man arrives.





Directed by: JP Habac
A 50-year-old woman gives birth to her 22nd child.





Directed and Written by: Noel Escondo and Arvin Belarmino
A short film about Bateng, a boy who triggered a series of events after stealing an old woman’s purse.





Directed and Written by: P.R. Patindol
A fishing village has been ravaged by a typhoon. Twin brothers Andres and Gael try to heal.





Directed by: TM Malones
Written by:
Duwi Monteaguado
12-year-old Thirdy is worried she won’t able to perform at her school’s talent show because she can’t pay the required contribution and buy the costume. She also sees the apparition of a man she thinks may be her long-dead father.


Nakauwi Na



Directed by: Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar
Written by:
Angeli Manabat and Carmela Canonizado
Mang Jerry, a grieving father, tries to come up with ways to find money and get his murdered son–a victim of extrajudicial killings–out of the funeral home.


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