Laurice Guillen
The Laurice Guillen-led Cinemalaya Foundation is credited with taking the lead in nurturing Filipino indie movies. Credits to Nikkei Asian Review.

Cinemalaya Foundation, the grantor and supporter of independent and young Filipino filmmakers, has won the 2019 Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community.

Nikkei Asia Prizes recognizes winners such as Cinemalaya Foundation for their “outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and to the creation of a better future for Asia.”

The film foundation was established in 2005 supporting filmmakers to produce and to showcase their films through the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival handled by the Film, Broadcast and New Media Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines under the leadership of renowned director and actress Laurice Guillen.

Cinemalaya’s Filipino films have consistently earned international recognition such as Chito S. Rono’s Best Film “Signal Rock” and Louie Ignacio’s “Ngiti ng Nazareno.”

Over the years, Cinemalaya Film Fest has presented nearly 200 young and independent directors, and screened almost 300 short and feature-length films. Some of the films won international awards and citations.

Cinemalaya has also inspired 10 new regional film festivals around the country to help young Filipino filmmakers. The film festival is held every August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Cinemalaya CCP
The Cinemalaya film festival is held every August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Credits to Cinemalaya.

Cinemalaya Foundation is cited for taking the lead in nurturing Filipino indie movies which have give boost to the Philippine film industry – now considered as “one of the brightest in Asian cinema.”

Cinemalaya Foundation will receive its Nikkei Asia Prize in awarding ceremonies to be held in Tokyo, Japan this May 29, 2019.

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