Welcome. This is Cinemanila.

CINEMANILA has always stood for two things:

the promotion of Filipino films to world cinema audiences and of world cinema to Filipino audiences; and the development of new and independent Filipino filmmakers. The central features of the festival are Philippine cinema and Southeast Asian Cinema, or SEA Cinema.

The direction and framework of the festival have provided the focus for its programs to provide to the world a window on Philippine cinema in particular and Southeast Asian cinema in general.

The goals of CINEMANILA are to:

  • to nurture young Filipino directors and unearth new talents in the Philippines and Southeast Asia in order for the Philippines to become the hub of Southeast Asian films.
  • to create content that will make a major contribution to the development of the bigger picture which is the Asian Content Industry.
  • to revitalize the Filipino Film Industry that will become a major player in the development of the Asian Content Industry.

This year's theme is Global Pinoy Cinema: Kwentong Pilipino Para sa Mundo (OUR STORY TO THE WORLD).

A Peek at the Past Festivals


  • First CINEMANILA was launched in July 1999
  • Award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero, Last Life in the Universe, 2046) conducted a lecture on cinematography
  • Adoor Gopalakrishna. The Servile, Monologue, The Walls (India) was honored/featured Director in Focus
  • Lino Brocka Award
    Leaf on a Pillow by Garin Nugroho’s (Indonesia)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    The Terrorist by Santosh Sivan (India)
  • NETPAC Jury Award
    Birth of a Butterfly by Mojtaba Raei (Iran)
    Pila Balde by Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film
    Father’s Toys by Carol Miu-Suiet Lai (Hong Kong)


  • saw the rise of 8arts.com - Asia's first digital film website
  • Alternative films competed for the first time for the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
  • Tribute to Majid Majidi (Iran)
  • Lino Brocka Award
    Colour of Paradise by Majid Majidi (Iran)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    Yana's Friends by Arik Kaplun (Israel)
  • Best Actress
    Evelyne Kaplun for Yana's Friends (Israel)
  • Best Documentary Film
    Punitive Damage by Annie Goldson (New Zealand)
  • Best Short Film
    The Offering by Paul Lee (Canada)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Buwan by Peter Chua


  • tribute to Nonzee Nimibutr, Nang Nak, Jan Dara, Dang Birely's
  • earned its reputation as the Philippines' premiere international film festival with the presence of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as guest of Honor
  • Lino Brocka Award
    Firefly Dreams by John Williams (Japan)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    Roads and Bridges by Abraham Lim (USA)
  • Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award
    Batang West Side by Lav Diaz (Philippines)
  • Special Recognition Award for Career Achievement
    Charlotte Rampling, Screen Actress (UK)
  • Best Short Film
    Sand by Percy Fuentes (Canada)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Batang Trapo by Mes de Guzman


  • Cinemanila-ASEF Film Development Plan was launched
  • Scriptwriting Competition
  • Direct Action Cinema workshop conducted by Rob Nilsson (Cannes' Camera d'Or winner, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner)
  • Cinematography workshop conducted by French Cinematographer and Screenwriter Pierre-William Glenn
  • Grand Prize Lino Brocka Award
    Atanarjuat the Fast Runner by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada)
    What Time Is It There? by Tsai Ming-Iiang (Taiwan)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    Seafood by Zhu Wen (China)
  • Special Jury Prize
    Una casa con vista al mar by Alberto Alvero (Venezuela)
  • Kodak Vision Award for Technical Excellence in Cinematography
    What Time Is It There? by Tsai Ming-Iiang (Taiwan)
  • Best Actor
    Lee Kang-sheng for What Time Is It There? (Taiwan)
    Alejandro Trejo for Taxi Para Tres (Chile)
  • Best Screenplay
    Orlando Lubbert for Taxi Para Tres (Chile)
  • Best Actress
    Aoi Miyasaki for Harmful Insect (Japan)
  • NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film
    Hollywood Hong Kong by Fruit Chan (Hong Kong)
    Harmful Insect by Akihiko Shiota (Japan)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Lolo’s Child by Romeo Candido
  • Best Short Film
    Batinglaw by Lawrence Cordero
  • Best Documentary
    Case of Wilkie Duran Monte: Toxic Chemical Victim by Minnie Solomon Crouse
  • Scriptwriting Competition Grand Jury Prize
    James Arnold B. Ladioray, Cut
    Mario O’Hara, Hocloban
  • Scriptwriting Competition Special Jury Prize
    Anton Juan, Ugat Nating Lahat
    Peter Solis Nery, Buyong


  • Asia-Europe Scriptlab
  • Tribute to Filipino-American Hollywood celebrities Lou Diamond Phillips, Tia Carrere, Dean Devlin, Fritz Friedman and Rob Schneider
  • Christine Hakim (Indonesian actress and activist) received Lifetime Achievement award
  • Grand Prize Lino Brocka Award
    Uzak (Distant) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    City of God by Fernando Meirelles (Brazil)
    The Blessing Bell by Sabu II (Japan)
  • Special Jury Prize
    Whale Rider by Niki Caro (New Zealand)
  • Best Actor
    David Gulpilil, The Tracker (Australia)
  • Best Screenplay
    Divine Intervention> by Elia Suleiman (Palestine)
    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer by Aparna Sen (India)
  • Best Actress
    Vilma Santos, Dekada ‘70 (Philippines)
  • NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film
    Divine Intervention by Elia Suleiman of Palestine
  • Best Short Film
    Liyab (Flames) by Sockie Fernandez
  • Best Documentary
    Riles (Life on the Tracks) by Ditsi Carolino
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Binyag (Baptism) by Mariami Tanangco


  • Boracay International Co-Production Meeting in cooperation with Goteborg Film Festival Fund and Hubert Bals Fund
  • Film Projects Winners: Pin Ball by Han Yew Kwan (Singapore) and Heremias by Lav Diaz (Philippines)
  • Other participants: Auraeus Solito, Raymond Lee, Khavn dela Cruz
  • Director in Focus: Jafar Panahi
  • Grand Prize Lino Brocka Award
    Vibrator by Ryuichi Hiroki (Japan)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    Roads Koktebel by Boris Khlenikov and Alexel Popogrebsky (Russia)
    August Sun by Prassana Vithanage
  • Best Actor
    Nikolaj Lie Kaas Recontruction (Denmark)
    Gleb Puskepalis in Roads to Koktebel (Russia)
  • Best Actress
    Katherine Luna, Babae sa Breakwater (Philippines)
    Marina Golbahari, Osama (Afghanistan)
  • NETPAC Award
    Min, Ho Yuhang (Malaysia)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Bakasyon, Raya Martin (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film
    Balikbayan, (USA/Philippines)
  • Best Documentary
    Trollywood by Madeleine Farley (UK/USA)


  • Lifetime Achievement Award : Kim Dong Ho
  • Tributes to : Roger Corman and Yonfan
  • Director in Focus: Raymond Red
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Salat, John Torres (Philippines)
  • Best Short Film
    Salat (Philippines)
  • Best Documentary
    Children of Leningradsky by Hanna Polak and Andrzei Celinski (Poland)
  • Grand Prize Lino Brocka Award
    The President’s Last Bang by Im-Sang Soo (Korea)
  • Grand Jury Prize
    In Casablanca, Angels Don’t Fly by Mohammed Asli (Morocco)
  • Best Actor (International)
    Krystyna Feldman, My Nikifor (Poland)
  • Best Actress (International)
    Fatoumata Coulibaly, Moolaade (Senegal)
  • Best Picture (Lokal)
    1st Prize - Tuli by Auraeus Solito
    2nd Prize - Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong by Mes de Guzman
    3rd Prize - Ala Verde Ala Pobre by Briccio Santos
  • Best Screenplay
    Jorge Arago and Briccio Santos, Ala Verde Ala Pobre
  • Best Actor
    Bo Vicencio, Ala Verde Ala Pobre
  • Best Actress
    Ana Capri, Ala Verde Ala Pobre


  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Aruna Vasudev and Philip Cheah
  • Awards Night in Malacañang Palace with President GMA
  • Grand Prize Lino Brocka Award (International Competition)
    Kubrador by Jeffrey Jeturian
  • Special Jury Prize (International Competition)
    Everlasting Regret by Stanley Kwan (Hong Kong)
  • Best Actor (International Competition)
    Alexei Chadov, 9th Company (Russia/Ukraine/Finland)
  • Best Actress (International Competition)
    Lee Young-ae, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (South Korea)
  • Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema
    Jobin Ballesteros, Ballad of Mimiong Minion
  • Best Short Film
    Hopia Express by Janus Victoria
  • Best Documentary
    Paper Dolls by Tomer Heymann (Israel)
  • Digital Lokal Grand Prize
    Manoro by Brillante Mendoza
  • Digital Lokal Jury Prize
    Squatterpunk by Khavn Dela Cruz
  • Best Director (Digital Lokal)
    Brillante Mendoza for Manoro
  • Best Actress (Digital Lokal)
    Maricel Soriano for Numbalikdiwa
  • Best Actor (Digital Lokal)
    Archie Adamos for Raket ni Nanay
  • Audience Favorite Awards (Digital Lokal)
    Numbalikdiwa by Bobby Bonifacio, Jr.
    Anino ng Setyembre by Briccio Santos

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