MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As much as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. (CFI) wanted to push through with the Cinema Under the Stars, the current pandemic situation and the heightened IATF quarantine protocols on public gathering have compelled the Organizing Committee to withhold the outdoor cinema until further notice.
Originally scheduled on September 2 to 4, 2021, the hybrid outdoor cinema was part of the new programming for the 17th edition of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, still ongoing until September 5 via ktx.ph and CCP Vimeo channel.
While the committee acknowledges the clamor and excitement for the outdoor cinema, the safe and enjoyable viewing of the public is just as paramount.
The CUTS is considered a “movable feast” because the dates are highly flexible and changeable in response to the government safety protocols, as well as inclement weather conditions. It evolves and adjusts to the nuances of the times.
The team behind CUTS is ready to roll out this much-anticipated event when the situation turns around.
“This is an example of the changes we foresee (and are ready for) for live events and major public gatherings in the coming months, even years. You are part of this change and we hope that you will be with us as we move forward to the better normal. We thank our audience for their understanding, appreciation and continued patronage.
Please watch out for updates and announcements on CUTS. Until then, we urge the public to follow health protocols and stay safe in the confines of your homes,” said CCP Artistic Director and Cinemalaya Festival Director Chris Millado.