The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. (CFI) have announced that the current pandemic situation and the heightened IATF quarantine protocols on public gatherings have compelled the organizing committee to withhold their planned Cinema Under the Stars (CUTS) event until further notice.
Originally scheduled for Sept. 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 Sept. 5 via ktx.ph and the 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.
CUTS is considered a “movable feast” because the dates are highly flexible and changeable in response to government safety protocols, as well as inclement weather conditions. It evolves and adjusts to the nuances of the times.
According to the CCP, 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," said CCP artistic director and Cinemalaya festival director Chris Millado in a media release.
"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,” Millado added.
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(Images via CCP)