Competitions


NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Ready with a film or video work? We have set our sights nationwide for the most exciting cinema projects. For each of the five categories, one winner will receive the Best Film title and a cash prize of P50,000. To top it off, each winner will also get to jumpstart their career with a contract with Globe Studios.

Each category is looking for adventurous prospects, projects that exemplify the direction of the new age of cinema. From the demands of narrative and the documentary, to the flights of fancy of the experimental film and animation, to the pathbreaking innovations in music video and vertical cinema, the competition seeks onlythe boldest and the bravest.

JURY

Antoinette Jadaone

Antoinette is an award-winning Filipina film writer and director. Her debut feature, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011) has traveled to several international film festivals.

She directed one of the highest grossing independent films in Philippine cinema history, the Palanca award-winning That Thing Called Tadhana (2014). She has then helmed romantic comedies and romantic dramas supported by the biggest studios in the Philippines.

Baby Ruth Villarama

Baby Ruth has been involved in international co-production for more than 10 years as producer and director.She earned her Master’s Degree for Film Marketing and Distribution at Birmingham City University in the UKas a Chevening Scholar, where she also won the British Council’s Global Alumni Social Impact Award 2018 for her works impacting national and international awareness of modern day social issues like human rights, slavery, and equality.

Baby Ruth is currently a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Cinema committee, championing the causes of the independent film sector. She is also a board officer of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, and the newest member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences class of 2019 voting for the Oscars.

Treb Monteras

Treb is a BFA-Advertising Arts Graduate from the UST’s College of Fine Arts and Design, he pursued his passion for filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute and International Institute for Film and the Arts. He has directed TV shows, commercials, live concerts, and over 300 music videos.

His first feature film “Respeto,” received seven awards in the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017: Best Picture, NETPAC Jury Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor, and Audience Choice Award. The film also won the Grand Jury prize at the FAMAS Awards 2018.

He also won Best Film, Best Director and Audience Choice at the Cyprus Film Days Film Festival 2018, Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature Film at the International Film Festival of India (Goa), Youth Days Jury Prize at the Exground Film Festival, Best Youth Feature at the Carrousel International du film de Rimouski (Quebec) 2018, and the Silver Uncaged award for Best Feature Film at the New York Asian Film Festival 2018.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Jasmine has been focusing on working in the independent film scene in the last few years, having been notably recognized for her acting in her debut film “Transit”(2013, Hannah Espia) where she won her first Best Supporting Actress award.

She won her first Best Actress award in 2016 for the film Baka Bukas (C1 Originals, Sam Lee), followed by her Best Supporting Actress award in 2017 for Siargao (MMFF, Paul Soriano). She was recently featured in the music video for the internationally acclaimed Duke Dumont and is part of a number of films to close 2019 such as: O, Culion and Midnight In A Perfect World.

NARRATIVE

Tell us a story. In the duration of the short film, take us to different places and have us meet fully realized characters. What narratives will emerge? What is a good story?


FINALISTS

  • Tayo
    Josiah Gil Hiponia
  • Hele ng Maharlika
    Norvin De los Santos
  • Insrt Feeling
    Mark Gerald Foliente
  • Ikahuli
    Sheenly Vee Gener
  • Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert
    Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori

DOCUMENTARY

It takes nerve to capture reality in all its grit and unconventional wisdom, an unflinching attentiveness to concerns however subtle or immense, a generosity of sympathy to people and their truths. Tell us the truth, tell it well.

FINALISTS

  • Maglabay Ra In Sakit
    Mijan Jumalon
  • Distancing
    Miko Revereza
  • Breaking Through the Darkness
    Ronald James Baculo
  • Banal na Pag-iisa
    Christine Nicole Cristobal
  • Lola Harmonica
    Chesca Pagulayan

ANIMATION

Beyond the rates of frames and the fancy footwork of technological ventures, we look for undiscovered worlds and unparalleled exploits rendered in exciting ways, CGI, stop-motion, 2d or 3d, and everything in between.

FINALISTS

  • Little Brown Brother
    Annikka May Cruz Cudala
  • Pula
    Dominic James Barrios
  • Magna
    Geoffrey Jules Solidum
  • Halcyon Days
    Patricia Natasha L. Solano &
    Sally Joy R. Barcial
  • Proud
    Are Jay Madrigal Peralta

EXPERIMENTAL

Form, technology, vision interface in producing films never before seen or experienced. The experimental film is the territory of the vanguard, a fellowship for the futurist and the advanced. What are the prospects of experiment in the age of new cinema?

FINALISTS

  • The Man Who Isn’t There and Other Stories of Longing
    Trishtan Perez
  • ИAUЯA⅃-UЯA⅃
    John Peter Chua
  • Hollow Blocks
    Jonathan Jose Olarte
  • Walang Patutunguhan
    Paolo Picones
  • Things I Would Say to My Mom If Only I Were Brave Enough
    James Allen Fajardo

MUSIC VIDEO

Tell stories that captivate with a mix of visual storytelling and music. A promising dynamic of sound, image, narrative best captures the music video. Why not try telling a story with a song?

FINALISTS

  • Tonight!
    Robin Cortez Estargo
  • Plotinus
    Dominic Bekaert
  • Skin
    Kevin Ng Gabon
  • Orchid
    Joseph Roy Lising
  • Kalas
    Chris Lanbert Roa

GLOBE STUDIOS SHORT FILM LAB

The lab is a space for emergences and urgencies. It is a platform for untested ideas and wild imagination. We will help bring to life the craziest, most speculative persuasions in a program for emerging filmmakers to talk to and learn from provocative practitioners, guiding them from start to finish, from conceptualizing to helping your project find the public it deserves. A P250,000 grant and a chance to have your project produced by Globe Studios in 2020 are on the line. Test the limits of your imagination.

JURY

John Torres

John is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer. He co-runs Los Otros, a Manila-based space, film lab, and platform committed to the intersections of film and art, with a focus on process over product.

He directed and produced five feature films, including Todo Todo Teros (Dragons & Tigers Award, Vancouver IFF 2006; NETPAC/FIPRESCI awards, Singapore IFF 2006), Years When I was a Child Outside (Berlinale Forum Expanded 2008), and Lukas The Strange (Art of the Real, Film at Lincoln Center, 2013). He has made more than a dozen short films, including, We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (Wavelengths, Toronto IFF 2019).

He produced Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation (NETPAC award, Tiger Competition, Rotterdam 2018), a project that was developed through Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, Bangkok Produire au Sud, IFP, and Cinemart.

A special focus of his works was shown at the Viennale in 2013.

Carlo Francisco Manatad

Carlo is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has built a following on the independent short film circuit for his original vision, producing inventive,occasionally absurd, genre-defying films that reveal the light and dark sides of life in his native Philippines. His short films have screened at numerous local and international film festivals . Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, his 4th short film was selected in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes International Film Festival. His last short film, Baga’t Diri Tuhay Ta’t Pamahungpahung (The Imminent Immanent) premiered in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As one of the most prolific editors in the Philippines today, he has collaborated withnumerous filmmakers on independent and studio films, and received multiple local andinternational awards. He is the first Filipino Film maker to have his works screened in his own retrospective at the Taipei International Film Festival in 2018. Carlo is alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. He is currently working on his feature film, Whether the Weather is Fine, a Singaporean – French – Philippines and Norwegian Co=Production, the project is supported by the Asian Cinema Fund, Globe Studios and the Talents Tokyo Fellowship Fund, It has alsoparticipated at the EAVE Ties That Bind, La Fabrique Des Cinema du Monde – Cannes, the Torino Film Lab – FeatureLab360 and the Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier.

Richard Bolisay

Richard was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, in 1987. As a writer and film critic, he has participated in film festivals in Berlin, Locarno, Hong Kong, Jeonju, Berwick, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cebu, and Manila. He teaches film at the University of the Philippines and is one of the artistic directors of the collective Cinema Is Incomplete.

Bianca Balbuena

Bianca is a 31-year old producer, writer, co-founder and CEO of Epicmedia Productions Inc which has produced over 27 feature films most notably Venice Film Festival 2009 Lion of the Future and Orrizonti Best Film: “Engkwentro” by Pepe Diokno and Berlinale 2016 Silver Bear “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery” by Lav Diaz. She is the recipient of the 2018 Asian Film Commissions (AFC) Network’s Producer of the Year and the youngest awardee of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FIAPF Award for contribution to Asia Pacific cinema.

She has attended Produire Au Sud, Rotterdam Producers Lab, Talent Campus Tokyo, Cannes’ La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, EAVE Ties That Bind and Berlinale Talent Project Market where she won the ARTE Prize for her film, Above The Clouds, her first venture into French co-production. She was nominated for the Best Foreign Producer at the Madrid International Film Festival 2015 and served as jury of film festivals such as Sydney, Fribourg and Durban. She is currently a mentor in film labs such as Locarno Open Doors and the group leader at the EAVE Ties That Bind Workshop.

Eileen Cabiling

Eileen, Fil-Am writer-director-producer, has been described by American Film Institute (AFI) mentor AnnaThomas (Frieda, IFP Founder) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.” Firstin her Filipino family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class inconservative Richmond, Virginia- the historical capital of the Confederacy. Her vision is to produce her own stories and those of other Filipino filmmaker’s for the global arena.

Her writings have been finalists at Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Film Independent, Nashville’s Screenwriters’ Competition and the Bahamas International Writing Residency. She has worked in the Hollywood and New York City Film and Television Industry for over 15 years and has been a staff writer for Walt Disney Studios. She has worked as a Story Development Producer for production companies and in production for various Hollywood production companies and studios like HBO, AMC, CBS, MTV, SUNDANCE CHANNEL, CNN and NICKELODEON.

FINALISTS

These are the finalists of Globe Studios Short Film Lab (in no particular order)

  • H.I.T.O.
    Stephen Lopez
  • Oni Loko
    Paolo Picones
  • Ako ay May Lobo
    Siege Ledesma
  • Extra Festive
    Kaj Palanca
  • City of Flowers
    Xeph Suarez
  • Taking My Time to Dance
    Jared Joven
  • Si Kulas, Si Berto, at ang mga Salamin
    Celina Peñaflorida
  • Flying Kabaong
    Josef Gacutan

VERTICAL CINEMA BY OPPO RENO

Amidst the proliferation of high-end technology for composing audio-visual narratives, we focus on the amateur and the uneven in the guise of the camera phone. What stories emerge in the mingling of mobile and accessible technology and the eye for the extraordinary? Breach your limits, redefine possibilities.

JURY

Keith Deligero

Keith is a Cebuano filmmaker. He met Bill Murray at the Berlinale 2018. He is currently developing his first ever blockbuster tagalog hugot movie.

Quark Henares

Quark is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for veryone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filminghe’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.

Carlo Ledesma

Carlo is an award-winning filmmaker with a career that spans over fifteen years in film, radio, theatre, and
television. Originally from the Philippines, he moved to Australia in 2004 to pursue a Masters degree in Film. In
2007, his short film THE HAIRCUT was awarded the Mini Movie Channel Award for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film
Festival.

Carlo made his feature film debut in 2011 with Distracted Media’s THE TUNNEL which was distributed in Australia by
Paramount Pictures and in North America through Blackrock Films.

Carlo is a screenwriter as well, with his most recent work being co-writer for the animated Filipino film SAVING SALLY. Carlo is now based in Manila and his other job is co-founder and director of the TVC production company MAKINA. A genre fan by heart, Carlo’s next movie project is the horror film SUNOD, produced by Ten17 Films and Globe Studios.

Antoinette Jadaone

Antoinette is an award-winning Filipina film writer and director. Her debut feature, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011) has traveled to several international film festivals.

She directed one of the highest grossing independent films in Philippine cinema history, the Palanca award-winning That Thing Called Tadhana (2014). She has then helmed romantic comedies and romantic dramas supported by the biggest studios in the Philippines.

FINALISTS

These are the finalists of Vertical Cinema by OPPO Reno (in no particular order)

  • Sige Pero Dili Nako Gunitan Imong Kamot
    Ronnie Gamboa Jr.
  • Fate
    Faith Anne Kristie Aragon
  • Baltik
    Adrien Ghil M. Rosales
  • Smile
    Kinno Toogue
  • Last Draw
    Kevin Gabon
  • Mammals
    Erick Jerard C. Gagui
  • Di-Eff
    Carlo Ortiz Natividad
  • Saglit
    Randy Gabriel
  • Katkat/Taktak
    Ian Embradura
  • Run
    Benjamin Magiting I. Olfindo
  • Nawala. Nawawala. Mawawala
    MC Viluan Capadiso
  • Binhi
    Charmaine Penalba
National Short Film Competition

NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Ready with a film or video work? We have set our sights nationwide for the most exciting cinemaprojects. For each of the six categories, one winner will receive the Best Film title and a cash prize of P50,000. To top it off, each winner will also get to jumpstart their career with a contract with Globe Studios.

Each category is looking for adventurous prospects, projects that exemplify the direction of the new age of cinema. From the demands of narrative and the documentary, to the flights of fancy of the experimental film and animation, to the pathbreaking innovations in music video and vertical cinema, the competition seeks onlythe boldest and the bravest.

JURY

Antoinette Jadaone

Antoinette is an award-winning Filipina film writer and director. Her debut feature, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011) has traveled to several international film festivals.

She directed one of the highest grossing independent films in Philippine cinema history, the Palanca award-winning That Thing Called Tadhana (2014). She has then helmed romantic comedies and romantic dramas supported by the biggest studios in the Philippines.

Baby Ruth Villarama

Baby Ruth has been involved in international co-production for more than 10 years as producer and director.She earned her Master’s Degree for Film Marketing and Distribution at Birmingham City University in the UKas a Chevening Scholar, where she also won the British Council’s Global Alumni Social Impact Award 2018 for her works impacting national and international awareness of modern day social issues like human rights, slavery, and equality.

Baby Ruth is currently a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Cinema committee, championing the causes of the independent film sector. She is also a board officer of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, and the newest member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences class of 2019 voting for the Oscars.

Treb Monteras

Treb is a BFA-Advertising Arts Graduate from the UST’s College of Fine Arts and Design, he pursued his passion for filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute and International Institute for Film and the Arts. He has directed TV shows, commercials, live concerts, and over 300 music videos.

His first feature film “Respeto,” received seven awards in the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017: Best Picture, NETPAC Jury Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor, and Audience Choice Award. The film also won the Grand Jury prize at the FAMAS Awards 2018.

He also won Best Film, Best Director and Audience Choice at the Cyprus Film Days Film Festival 2018, Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature Film at the International Film Festival of India (Goa), Youth Days Jury Prize at the Exground Film Festival, Best Youth Feature at the Carrousel International du film de Rimouski (Quebec) 2018, and the Silver Uncaged award for Best Feature Film at the New York Asian Film Festival 2018.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Jasmine has been focusing on working in the independent film scene in the last few years, having been notably recognized for her acting in her debut film “Transit”(2013, Hannah Espia) where she won her first Best Supporting Actress award.

She won her first Best Actress award in 2016 for the film Baka Bukas (C1 Originals, Sam Lee), followed by her Best Supporting Actress award in 2017 for Siargao (MMFF, Paul Soriano). She was recently featured in the music video for the internationally acclaimed Duke Dumont and is part of a number of films to close 2019 such as: O, Culion and Midnight In A Perfect World.

Globe Studios Short Film Lab

GLOBE STUDIOS SHORT FILM LAB

The lab is a space for emergences and urgencies. It is a platform for untested ideas and wild imagination. We will help bring to life the craziest, most speculative persuasions in a program for emerging filmmakers to talk to and learn from provocative practitioners, guiding them from start to finish, from conceptualizing to helping your project find the public it deserves. A P250,000 grant and a chance to have your project produced by Globe Studios in 2020 are on the line. Test the limits of your imagination.

JURY

John Torres

John is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer. He co-runs Los Otros, a Manila-based space, film lab, and platform committed to the intersections of film and art, with a focus on process over product.

He directed and produced five feature films, including Todo Todo Teros (Dragons & Tigers Award, Vancouver IFF 2006; NETPAC/FIPRESCI awards, Singapore IFF 2006), Years When I was a Child Outside (Berlinale Forum Expanded 2008), and Lukas The Strange (Art of the Real, Film at Lincoln Center, 2013). He has made more than a dozen short films, including, We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (Wavelengths, Toronto IFF 2019).

He produced Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation (NETPAC award, Tiger Competition, Rotterdam 2018), a project that was developed through Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, Bangkok Produire au Sud, IFP, and Cinemart.

A special focus of his works was shown at the Viennale in 2013.

Carlo Francisco Manatad

Carlo is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has built a following on the independent short film circuit for his original vision, producing inventive,occasionally absurd, genre-defying films that reveal the light and dark sides of life in his native Philippines. His short films have screened at numerous local and international film festivals . Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month, his 4th short film was selected in competition at the 56th Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes International Film Festival. His last short film, Baga’t Diri Tuhay Ta’t Pamahungpahung (The Imminent Immanent) premiered in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As one of the most prolific editors in the Philippines today, he has collaborated withnumerous filmmakers on independent and studio films, and received multiple local andinternational awards. He is the first Filipino Film maker to have his works screened in his own retrospective at the Taipei International Film Festival in 2018. Carlo is alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. He is currently working on his feature film, Whether the Weather is Fine, a Singaporean – French – Philippines and Norwegian Co=Production, the project is supported by the Asian Cinema Fund, Globe Studios and the Talents Tokyo Fellowship Fund, It has alsoparticipated at the EAVE Ties That Bind, La Fabrique Des Cinema du Monde – Cannes, the Torino Film Lab – FeatureLab360 and the Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier.

Richard Bolisay

Richard was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, in 1987. As a writer and film critic, he has participated in film festivals in Berlin, Locarno, Hong Kong, Jeonju, Berwick, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cebu, and Manila. He teaches film at the University of the Philippines and is one of the artistic directors of the collective Cinema Is Incomplete.

Bianca Balbuena

Bianca is a 31-year old producer, writer, co-founder and CEO of Epicmedia Productions Inc which has produced over 27 feature films most notably Venice Film Festival 2009 Lion of the Future and Orrizonti Best Film: “Engkwentro” by Pepe Diokno and Berlinale 2016 Silver Bear “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery” by Lav Diaz. She is the recipient of the 2018 Asian Film Commissions (AFC) Network’s Producer of the Year and the youngest awardee of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FIAPF Award for contribution to Asia Pacific cinema.

She has attended Produire Au Sud, Rotterdam Producers Lab, Talent Campus Tokyo, Cannes’ La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, EAVE Ties That Bind and Berlinale Talent Project Market where she won the ARTE Prize for her film, Above The Clouds, her first venture into French co-production. She was nominated for the Best Foreign Producer at the Madrid International Film Festival 2015 and served as jury of film festivals such as Sydney, Fribourg and Durban. She is currently a mentor in film labs such as Locarno Open Doors and the group leader at the EAVE Ties That Bind Workshop.

Eileen Cabiling

Eileen, Fil-Am writer-director-producer, has been described by American Film Institute (AFI) mentor AnnaThomas (Frieda, IFP Founder) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.” Firstin her Filipino family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class inconservative Richmond, Virginia- the historical capital of the Confederacy. Her vision is to produce her own stories and those of other Filipino filmmaker’s for the global arena.

Her writings have been finalists at Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Film Independent, Nashville’s Screenwriters’ Competition and the Bahamas International Writing Residency. She has worked in the Hollywood and New York City Film and Television Industry for over 15 years and has been a staff writer for Walt Disney Studios. She has worked as a Story Development Producer for production companies and in production for various Hollywood production companies and studios like HBO, AMC, CBS, MTV, SUNDANCE CHANNEL, CNN and NICKELODEON.

Vertical Cinema by OPPO Reno

Amidst the proliferation of high-end technology for composing audio-visual narratives, we focus on the amateur and the uneven in the guise of the camera phone. What stories emerge in the mingling of mobile and accessible technology and the eye for the extraordinary? Breach your limits, redefine possibilities.

JURY

Keith Deligero

Keith is a Cebuano filmmaker. He met Bill Murray at the Berlinale 2018. He is currently developing his first ever blockbuster tagalog hugot movie.

Quark Henares

Quark is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for veryone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filminghe’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.

Carlo Ledesma

Carlo is an award-winning filmmaker with a career that spans over fifteen years in film, radio, theatre, and
television. Originally from the Philippines, he moved to Australia in 2004 to pursue a Masters degree in Film. In
2007, his short film THE HAIRCUT was awarded the Mini Movie Channel Award for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film
Festival.

Carlo made his feature film debut in 2011 with Distracted Media’s THE TUNNEL which was distributed in Australia by
Paramount Pictures and in North America through Blackrock Films.

Carlo is a screenwriter as well, with his most recent work being co-writer for the animated Filipino film SAVING SALLY. Carlo is now based in Manila and his other job is co-founder and director of the TVC production company MAKINA. A genre fan by heart, Carlo’s next movie project is the horror film SUNOD, produced by Ten17 Films and Globe Studios.

Antoinette Jadaone

Antoinette is an award-winning Filipina film writer and director. Her debut feature, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011) has traveled to several international film festivals.

She directed one of the highest grossing independent films in Philippine cinema history, the Palanca award-winning That Thing Called Tadhana (2014). She has then helmed romantic comedies and romantic dramas supported by the biggest studios in the Philippines.