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.
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
For more information, stills, and press images of the directors, visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AqAandSlWZEVPN7Mp3BRPhwz1zWuSh_B
About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry's picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. In this year’s Philippines edition, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers, and judged by a panel of international judges and showcased online. Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.
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