Cinema Centenario Has Maginhawa Film Festival 2020 and Free Movies Online

Maginhawa Street’s Cinema Centenario has said goodbye to its physical space after more than 200 days of closing its doors to the public due to the pandemic. But the microcinema, which features Filipino movies that aren’t usually widely shown and don’t reach many viewers in the country, is moving online through its virtual movie-on-demand platform MOOV.


On November 11 to 22, 2020 MOOV will stream Maginhawa Film Festival 2020. The festival, which opened Cinema Centenario’s operation in 2017, started as a program that showcased Filipino films. In 2018, it became a competition festival. This year, Maginhawa Film Festival will reopen Cinema Centenario’s online movie house.

MFF2020 features 26 short films under the Open and Student categories. An all-access pass is Php200 but you can have it for Php160 only until October 31, 2020. Watching the movies from either Student or Open category only costs Php120. Take a peek at the competing movies.

Open Category


  1. Aksyon! – The film is a finalist in Binisaya 2019. It’s about a senior citizen cinephile who is selling original copies of Cebuano movies and faces the threat of being removed from the sidewalk as he is considered an illegal vendor. Aksyon! is directed by Frank Go who is also the screenwriter and editor.
  2. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert – The story is about a senior citizen closeted gay man who has HIV for 10 years. The directors, Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori won Best Director in Cinespectra Short Film Festival.
  3. Ang Laswa ni Lola Mame – The movie tells the story of Lola Mame who is hiding her trauma from the World War II from her grandson. It won Best Sound Design and Best Actress in Sine Negrense. It’s written, produced, edited, and directed by Vince Entuna.
  4. Ang Nagliliyab na Kasaysayan ng Pamilya Dela Cruz – The film, which has been featured in Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival and Sorok Short Film Festival, is about the exploitation and violation of Philippine rice farmers. It’s written and directed by Miguel Louie de Guzman.
  5. Dude Pare Bro – The movie is directed and written by Lora Cerdan. It’s about a struggling architecture student who befriends a class weirdo.
  6. FML – Gio Gonzalves wrote and directed the film, which revolves around a teenager who overshares on social media.
  7. Huni sa Kahilom – The film deals with human trafficking. It’s directed and written by Lynn Ana Maria Lim. It was featured in the Carolinian Annual Film Exhibition in 2019 and a recipient of Special Mention Award in the Viddsee Juree Awards Philippines 2019.
  8. Insrt Feeling – Mark Gerald Foliente wrote and directed the movie, which is about a writer who is trying to remember the word for a certain feeling.
  9. Nilalang – This movie by Juan Carlo Tarobal was featured in FACINE (Filipino Arts and Cinema International) 2019 in the USA
  10. Silang mga Nakatago sa Dilim – The film was awarded Best Production Design, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and 2nd Best Film in Sinepiyu 2019. It’s written by Kathleen Del Rosario and directed by Diana Manguiat and Angelica Nitura.
  11. Tayo – The movie is written and directed by Ron Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera. It won Cardinal Award Silver Film and Cardinal Award for Best Film Editing in Cinemapua 2019. It was also awarded Best Production Design and Best Screenplay in Pelikultura 2019.
  12. Tokwifi – Carla Pulido Ocampo wrote, directed, and edited this film which is the Best Film in Binisaya Film Festival 2020 and Jury Prize Winner in the QCShorts Competition 2019.
  13. Viral Kids – Arjanmar Rebeta made the film, which is the winner in the 17th Festival International Signs of the Night in Bangkok, Thailand and the official selection for the 35th International Short Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.

Student Category

  1. Ang Pagiging Babae – Nicole Rey wrote, directed, and edited this movie about a rights advocate. It won Best Screenplay and Best Actress in Sine Abierto 2019. It’s also an Indie Un-Film Festival Finalist in Kota Kinabalu Film Festival.
  2. Angkla – The movie is written, directed, and edited by Frances Irish O. Villaflor. It’s a story about a seafarer’s family.
  3. Appside Down – Reyna Nicole Paner wrote and directed the film which is about a law student who tries to forget her ex and in the process deletes what she has reviewed for the BAR exam.
  4. Awit sa Nawala – Regine Villazanta wrote and directed the movie that tells the story of a couple who is hoping to recapture their happiness after a recent tragedy.
  5. Baon Royale – The story is about a transferee student who’s trying to win friends. It’s written by Cielo Erikah Cinco and directed by Grace Cinco.
  6. Grasya – The film is about a family maid who became pregnant and claimed it was God’s child. It’s directed by Audrey Vicencio and written by Patricia Rigodon.
  7. Gubatlan – The movie is written and directed by Denise Dar Juan, which is about a girl who is lost in the forest and met a crossroad.
  8. Halcyon Days – Patricia Solano and Sally Barcial wrote and directed the movie, which touches on suicide.
  9. Imahen – The film deals with grief over losing a child. It’s directed by Ivan Cortez.
  10. Lakaw – Written and directed by Martina Espanya, the movie is about a middle-aged trans woman caught in a jeepney strike.
  11. Non-Linear – Marben Portucela made the movie which deals with work-related time pressure and friendship.
  12. Siguro, Baka, Pwede – The movie is about sexual preference. It’s written and directed by Yvette Mijares.
  13. Trespas – Reyan Christian Amacna made the film which won Best Picture in Sinegendaw Film Festival.

Free Movies


MOOV is giving out free tastes before the MFF opens in November. You can watch the following movies for free on MOOV.

Ang Mga Bulong sa Bituka ng Sta. Mesa by Hector Barreto Calma, founder of Cinema Centenario, is a documentary that has been featured in Corto Creativo Festival y Muestra Internacional de Cortometrajes in Mexico, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground in Argentina, Dragon Dreaming Film Festival in Australia, and SalaMindanaw International Film Festival.

Ang mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya is also by Calma and it’s been featured in several films festivals, such as the Sose International Film Festival in Armenia and JOGJA-NETPAC Asian Film Festival in Indonesia.

Maliw by Rob Jara was featured in Never Forget Film Festival, Salamindanaw International Film Festival Cinema and Remembrance Section, and Cinemanila International Film Festival Young Cinema: Exhibition.

Paano Bihisan ang Isang Ina? by Tim Rone Villanueva is a 13-minute short film that is about a put*** ina and the abuses she had to endure.  The movie is rated R-16.

Sta. Nena! also by Tim Rone Villanueva, is a parody of religion. It is rated R-13.

Taya by Adi Bontuyan is about childhood friendships formed through games juxtaposed with real society issues.


Written by ayaranoco

Aya Ranoco loves to read, travel, and document.

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