Manila, SEPT 4, 2018 – Ten bold and emotionally stirring stories have been selected as the finalists for the second Viddsee Juree Philippines, a festival of short films that celebrates and supports filmmaker communities in Asia.
The nominated films were submitted by a range of independent filmmakers such as Ma. Jhayle Ann Marie Z. Meer and Christian Lat, who was also a finalist last year, as well as upcoming talents from different schools such as the Asia Pacific Film Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, De La Salle-College Of St. Benilde, Far Eastern University, and the University of Philippines.
The films cover several genres and subjects that examine love, relationships, morality and sexuality – a woman wrestling for her father’s acceptance of her same-sex relationship (‘As Time Flows By’), a socially awkward comedian who gets inspiration from an imaginary friend (‘Stand Up’), an amateur boxer fighting to retain his brother’s legacy (‘Ginhawa’), and a money lender who gets caught up in a social media storm (‘Susing’), are just some of the films that made the list.
“This year’s entries showed a willingness of local filmmakers to explore various genres in telling stories that surprise and delight audiences, while daring enough to tackle social issues with compassion and heart,” said Viddsee’s Head of Content, Nikki Loke.
The winners will be announced on September 29 in an awards ceremony at the FDCP Cinematheque. Prior to the ceremony, Viddsee will be organising a three-day Juree Philippines Awards Programme from September 27-29 at the De La Salle-College of St Benilde Auditorium, and will feature a number of activities including talks, and screenings that are open to the public.
Two top entries will be named Gold and Silver winners, who will be picked by an international panel of judges that comprises Malaysian publisher, writer and filmmaker Amir Muhammad; Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Programmer Ben Thompson; and actress Cherie Gil Eigenmann, the three-time Best Supporting Actress winner in the Metro Manila Film Festival, and recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ani ng Dangal award.
Gold and Silver winners will be awarded film production grants worth PHP160,000 and PHP80,000 respectively, along with audio equipment provided by RØDE Microphones. The Gold winner will also win a five-day Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association. All ten finalists will receive a 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each from Adobe.
Aside from the main winners, finalists and out-of-competition films can also vie for the Audience Choice Award, which will be picked based on the most number of ‘likes’ it receives on Viddsee.com. The winning director will take home an Apple TV.
Second Viddsee Juree Awards’ finalist:
Jonjon finds himself to another world after reading the book AH.
- As Time Flows By
Trish is a gay woman who lives with her old fashioned father. It is without a doubt Trish’s father has a hard time accepting who she truly is, but with time, he soon understands.
- Divine XY
Divine finally gets her dream job but hits a snag when it comes to her paperwork. She discovers that people don’t often see her the same way.
Anton who lives in the slums of the Philippines had lost his brother from a recent amateur fight, but wants to continue his legacy but his mother is against anything that has to do with boxing.
- Igme and Gani
The film revolves around two children who are forced to deal with feelings of neglect. Igme and Gani are best friends who depend on each other and protect each other. Considered as outcasts in school, Igme achingly waits for her mother to come home, while Gani resents his older brother who has become dismissive of him. They try to look out for each other but ends up being the cause of each other’s first real loss. To repair their friendship, Igme voices out her story to Gani.
- In The Name Of The Father (Sa Ngalan ng Ama)
A young boy comes to grips with what is right and what is wrong as he discovers something about the priest he looks up to. Cyril, a 12-year-old orphan, tries to find out what Father Gerardo’s motives are for his wrongdoings, only to get disillusioned once more. The film shows the issue of morality through two perspectives: the priest and the young child.
- Stand Up
Reg, a socially awkward comedian gets help from his “special friend”; Alyssa, but when he is supposed to give the performance of his life, Alyssa suddenly vanishes. A comedy film full of tropes both old and new.
A story about judgment, sacrifice and social injustice. Susing tackles the other side of what we see on social media today.
- The Lessons Of The Night
Over the course of one night, Juanita, a teacher battling depression, teams up with her delinquent student to retrieve something important for her. The film depicts the responsibility of a mother to her child, and how finding solace can affect humans.
- You Are The Star To My Night
Linda Manuel is a former actress. Decades in the industry left her used to basking in attention. That attention, however, is shared with her rival – Norma Gesmundo. Many years past her prime, Linda has now faded from her glory. Nowadays, she spends her time seeking attention from others. With her birthday coming up, she’s invited her old friends and colleagues so she may once again be the center of attention. But something puts a monkey wrench into her plans – Norma Gesmundo is in a coma.
The Juree Awards initiative began with Juree Indonesia in 2016, followed by Juree Philippines in 2017. This year marks the first time that the Juree Awards will be held across Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Find out more about the Juree Awards at https://www.viddsee.com/channel/juree.
The public can learn more about the Juree Philippines Awards Programme, as well as watch all nominated and other out-of-competition films for free on https://www.viddsee.com/channel/juree/philippines2018