From zombies to documentaries: The top 10 short films of Cinemalaya 2023 revealed

The highly anticipated Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is set to showcase the talent and creativity of Filipino filmmakers, as the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. unveil the 10 short films that have been selected for this year’s competition.

Among the finalists are compelling works such as “Tong Adlaw Nga Nag-snow Sa Pinas” by Joshua Caesar Medroso, “HM HM MHM” by Sam Villa-Real and Kim Timan, and “Golden Bells” by Kurt Soberano.

These films, along with the other seven chosen entries, represent a diverse range of themes and genres, including zombies, family adventures, coming-of-age stories, LGBT narratives, and even a documentary on horse caretakers.

From a total of 192 submissions, these 10 films stood out and captured the attention of the selection committee.

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their unique perspectives and storytelling prowess.

Excitement builds as these talented individuals will have the opportunity to compete for the coveted title of Best Short Feature Film. The winner will not only receive a cash prize of P150,000 but will also be presented with the prestigious Balanghai trophy during the much-awaited Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 13.