The Rise of Indie Gay Films from Thailand and the Philippines


A number of films have been stirring high emotions within the BL and gay communities. At this time, it appears that a number of Filipino and Thai independent filmmakers are making head ways in the global film festival circuit.

Kalel 15, is an award-winning Filipino film about a young boy who contracted HIV.

Here’s the trailer

AIDS is becoming such an issue in the Philippines that this movie is relevant and timely. The stigma continues to haunt people and the ignorance is incredibly high even by those who are social savvy and are generally adept at the news.

I’m readying my own review of the film. It’s not easy when it has so much impact and the performances are just spot on. I want to express myself perfectly.


Present Still Perfect is an indie gay film from Thailand under the helm of dir. Aam Anusorn.

Here’s the trailer:

It was financed exclusively by Anusorn and his sponsors from inside and outside Thailand.

It is the sequel to his highly successful Present Perfect film which became viral.

Here is early feedback of the upcoming film

The movie will be released on 12 March 2020.


I am a bit overwhelmed by the news that this film, Metamorphosis, was originally banned in the Philippines.

Reports Coconut Manila:

The local independent film Metamorphosis, which tells the story of an intersex character, has just been banned in the Philippines by the censor’s board due to its graphic sex scenes. | source |

Here is the statement of the director, Jose Tiglao:

The daring scenes aim to humanize the character who is an intersex… These scenes aren’t just about showing lust. These show what they are like as people, their sexual desires, their confusion, and frustrations — things that all of us go through, whether we are intersex or not.

The good news is, the film was released after Tiglao and his group defended the film.

Here’s the trailer:

The film tells the story of 14-year-old Adam, a character born with both male and female genitalia who identifies as male until his adolescence, when he suddenly experiences menstruation, a source of turmoil for his conservative Christian family. It stars Gold Azeron, Iana Bernardez, Yayo Martinez, Ivan Padilla, and Ricky Davao.

The film won locally!

At the recent Cinema One Originals, the film Metamorphosis blazed the trail in opening up a delicate but important discussion about an underrepresented segment of not just the LGBTQI community but of society as a whole. After a vigorous fight to be seen and heard, the film ended up becoming one of the most awarded entries to emerge in the festival’s 15th edition. ( you can read more and watch the interview on Facebook )


This report on Emerging Indie Gay Films will be updated periodically.

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