High-octane BuyBust kicks off the 14th Cinemalaya Film Festival

The cast and crew of acclaimed action film BuyBust delighted fans by gracing the opening of the 14th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival the past weekend.

Director Erik Matti, though absent from the evening’s screening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, expressed his gratitude to the festival in a statement.

The On The Job director hopes that his new movie represents how this festival has “graduated” from just giving opportunities filmmakers. It should also be a means to “celebrate the craft that goes into creating their own personal worlds on film, underlining that form is as substance,” he says.

That initial screening at CCP, filled with riotous applause at different points, was indicative of Buy Bust’s early success; the film, which took years to shoot, is reaping positive reviews in the short time since it opened.

After the screening, the cast and select crew joined Anne Curtis onstage at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, thanking the viewing public for its enthusiasm for the film.

Anne Curtis at the opening night of this year’s Cinemalaya Festival. (Banner photo: The cast of BuyBust accepting their plaque of recognition at the CCP Main Theater)


Sobrang nakakaiyak,” Anne, who plays rookie police officer Nina Manigan, says. “Sobra na makadama nang ganoong klaseng suporta sa Filipino film, at action film pa.”

Stars abound

Anne Curtis is not the only television mainstay to have a film in this year’s Cinemalaya.

Glaiza de Castro stars in Kip Oebanda’s Liway, Iza Calzado is leading-lady to Nonie Buencamino in Perci Intalan’s Distance, and Ogie Alcasid stars in James Robin Mayo’s Kuya Wes, to name a few.

The festival will run from August 3 to 12 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala cinemas.

Here are this year’s full-length film entries:


Pan de Salawal (The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies):

Kuya Wes:


Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset):



Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land):

School Service:

The Lookout:

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