Cinemata is the online screening platform of the 34th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
From August 14 to October 31, 2022, over 60 Philippine films from the independent film competition’s five categories will be streamed exclusively on Cinemata.
Established in 1987, Gawad Alternatibo is the longest-running annual independent film competition of its kind in Asia. The annual competition highlights the best of Philippine alternative storytelling and filmmaking. This year’s theme, Giya (Guide), highlights the power of film to act as a guide for people as they navigate life changes.
At the film competition’s awarding ceremony last August 13, EngageMedia Video Manager King Catoy shared the impact of the partnership between CCP and Cinemata to the alternative film space in the region. “The Philippines’ premier alternative film competition also requires an alternative video platform, free from censorship, profiteering, and algorithmic control of Big Tech video platforms”, he said. (Read about Cinemata’s latest features here).
“EngageMedia developed Cinemata to support film institutions like Gawad Alternatibo in highlighting essential yet underheard stories and connecting them with Asia-Pacific audiences who will significantly benefit from learning about issues and contexts of these films”.
CCP Film, Broadcast, and New Media Division Head Mae Urtal Caralde also highlighted the safe space provided by Cinemata to more meaningfully engage with audiences. “We chose Cinemata because of their digital rights advocacy and commitment in providing a safe online space for alternative media [and] content to flourish, reach more viewers, and enable a more meaningful engagement than what commercial platforms offer”, she said.
Watch the Gawad Alternatibo films
The 60 films are now available on Cinemata, accessible via playlists on the homepage. Select films will also be individually featured on the homepage over the course of the partnership.
Links to each playlist can also be found below.