A FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA
.giff festival of new cinema is a new platform dedicated to contemporary practices in film, video and the emerging ways narratives are told. It is a festival animated by the prospect of experiment, innovation, and the trajectory of the field towards radical horizons.
INSPIRING THE LOCAL ARTISTIC COMMUNITY
The first edition will focus on the ‘short film and video format’, showcasing a series of provocations through installations, virtual reality, live audio-visual experiments, projections and short film programming.
A PLATFORM FOR NEW TALENTS
It will give creators working in film and video a new platform to share their art and be discovered through the festival’s exhibition and competition programs.
In this manner, .giff hopes to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary image culture, by way of a compelling programme accessible to everyone.
2019 EDITION: PROVOCATIONS OF FORM, NEW CINEMA
Contemporary ways of life dwell on the image. It is everywhere, our lives are overwhelmed by it. In the current moment, cinema is just another way of consuming images, and we are in its grasp. .giff festival of new cinema emerges as a response to this evolving sentiment. It is a provocation: A new cinema is emerging; one that incites its practitioners and audiences, instigating radical ways of seeing and being in the world.
From its initiation in celluloid to the revolution of sound, advent of digital filmmaking and adventures in animation and virtual reality; cinema’s very form, material, and technology nurture innovation. Cinema allows opportunities to render the world anew.
The image moves, morphs, mutates. It is mapped onto and animated, rendered immense and immersive. In a milieu where senses of cinema multiply, what limits persist when cinema’s very form proliferates?
.giff Festival of new cinema harnesses cinema’s inclination to experiment, breaches boundaries, breaks new ground, and pursues prospects for and provocations of the form.
A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
.GIFF FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA
Quark Henares is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and directed feature films such as My Candidate, Rakenrol and Keka. He also created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filming he’s also a musician, columnist, DJ, entrepreneur and professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and television arm of Globe Telecom.
FILM AND VIDEO PROGRAM HEAD
Armi Rae Cacanindin is a producer from the Philippines specializing in international co-productions. An alumni of Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, Talents Tokyo, she has presented projects in La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, TorinoFilmLab, Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum, DMZ Docs, Cinefondation’s L’Atelier, IDFA Forum and IDFAcademy Summer School.
She’s produced feature and short films for the past 8 years, including Jodilerks dela Cruz, Employee of the Month(Semaine dela Critique 2017, Toronto IFF 2017 and won Best Southeast Asian Short at SGIFF 2017, Special Mention of the Jury at USA Golden Gate Awards and Best Short Film at Cinemalaya Film Festival 2018), The Imminent Immanent (Toronto IFF 2018, Best Short film at the BRNO 16 – International short film festival in Czech Republic) and Reminiscens of the Green Revolution (Toronto IFF 2019, Jogjakarta IFF 2019).
She is Globe Studios’ head of long form productions (film and series).
Derek Tumala is a trans-disciplinary artist working in the intersection of art, science and technology with crossing interests in the applied arts and community initiatives. His visual approaches and conceptual derivatives convey an account of exploration, a tangible experience, a sensory reflection. He participated in various platforms such as apexart NY Fellowship, Art Basel Hong Kong, Salzburg Global Seminar, FLAME HK Video Art Fair, Tokyo Design Week, Beyond Time Residency Poland, Formosa 101 Taipei, Art Fair Philippines, London Biennale Manila Pollination, Cultural Center of the Philippines and 98B Collaboratory. Apart from his practice as a visual artist, he initiated Mvltiverse, a multimedia collective experiments with the moving image and STEAM/Projects, a collective of scientists-artists working in art and technology based in Manila.