Globe Studios
Short Film Lab

 

The Globe Studios Short Film lab is a platform where emerging filmmakers are placed under the mentorship of more experienced industry professionals. These creators will be given the guidance to see their projects through in ways which strike the balance between being grounded in the occupational realities of filmmaking, yet still faithful to their unique perspectives as artists. This mentorship is provided from start to finish––from ideation to finding audiences.

Filmmakers

Celeste Lapida

Celeste Lapida (aka Jared Joven) is a filmmaker and performance artist from Manila. She is devoted to telling stories of the reimagined queer experience, presenting her characters in situations they can best look out for each other and placing at the center, of both her films and performances (live or virtually, with or without bangs), gender and the expression of femininity. She has held a passion for visual arts the moment she started listening to women.

With Kaj Palanca, she directed the 2016 QCinema short film Contestant #4.

Celina Peñaflorida

Celina graduated from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, major in BA Digital Filmmaking, then went on to work on the production and marketing campaign of the award-winning historical film, HENERAL LUNA (2015). Her short film, LADIES’ CHOICE, was selected to be part of the SeaShorts Film Festival 2020, and she is also a recipient of the Globe Studios Short Film Grant for KULAS, BERTO, AND THE MIRRORS, which is currently in development. As a Graphic Designer, she has designed posters for SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN, 1-2-3, and WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER. She has also worked as Production Designer and Art Director for various films, music videos and advertisements.

Paolo Picones

Paolo Picones is a cinematographer, director, and image-maker whose interests lie in storytelling on mythology, mythmaking, the natural world, and the human condition. He lensed his first feature film “Piding” (2016) as part of the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in Manila. His short film “Walang Patutunguhan (Going Nowhere)” (2019) was a finalist in the experimental short film category of the .giff Festival of New Cinema. From 2010-22, he was an artist in residence at Casa San Miguel, a seaside community in Zambales province North of Manila, providing arts and classical music education to underprivileged youth from the Philippine countryside. He was a photographer for Polaris Images NY and has done editorial work for reportage, travel and lifestyle publications around the world.

Stephen Lopez

Stephen Lopez is a production sound recordist, sound designer and writer. He has worked in the sound department for various films and commercials for almost 5 years.

His first full length screenplay “Mina-Anud” (Co-written with Director Kerwin Go) was screened as Cinemalaya 2019’s closing film, while his first short film “Gabi ng Kababalaghan” won Best Short film in 2018’s CineFilipino film festival and was also nominated for Best Short in FAMAS 2019.

Kaj Palanca

Kaj Palanca is a filmmaker and writer from Manila. He started making short films in high school. At sixteen, he co-wrote and directed the short film “Contestant #4” (2016), which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the first Shanghai Queer Film Festival. He is currently in college, a student of sociology at the University of the Philippines. He writes about cinema and hopes to teach it someday.

Xeph Suarez

XEPH SUAREZ is a Mindanaoan filmmaker based in Manila, Philippines. He currently works as a freelance assistant director in film, television, and advertising productions.

He has directed a number of short films including Si Astri maka si Tambulah, which won Best Director and received a Jury Citation at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018. The film was screened in several international film festivals, including PÖFF Shorts – Tallinn Black Nights and Tampere Film Festival.

His other short films are: In Sickness and in Health (2013), Best Short Film nominee at the Gawad Urian Awards; I am Malik (2013); and The Sentiments of the Quiet (2012). All of his works went to numerous regional film festivals in the Philippines to represent his hometown, Zamboanga.

He is the producer of Hondo, a 2016 QCinema International Film Festival’s Best Short Film, which also competed at the 2017 Jogja- NETPAC Asian Film Festival

Xeph is an alumnus of ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator (FLY), an annual filmmaking workshop organized by Busan Film Commission. He is currently developing his first feature film Dancing the Tides, which has participated at the Full Circle Lab, Singapore International Film Festival’s Southeast Asian Film Lab, Pustnik Screenwriters Residency in Romania, and the EAVE’s Ties that Bind in Italy and Singapore.

Siege Ledesma

Siege Ledesma graduated with a degree in Psychology and worked in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry for nine years. It was in this unlikely milieu that she found a passion for cinema.

In 2012, she took a leap of faith—she quit her day job to focus on writing and directing her first feature length screenplay, SHIFT, which premiered at the 2013 Cinema One Film Festival, won Best Picture at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival, and participated in over ten international film festivals with glowing reviews. Shift was also acquired and distributed in Japan by PicturesDept. In recent years, she has been involved in the writing and development of a few film and television projects—which included projects funded by the USAID and Missio Germany (International Catholic Missionary Organization).

She is a Cinema One Originals Milestone Awardee and an Ani Ng Dangal (National Award) recipient. Her memberships include the Network of Asian Fantastic Filmmakers (PIFAN), Talents Tokyo, and Tribeca Film Institute Network Talent Lab (LPFF Edition). Her second
feature film screenplay, CAT ISLAND, was one of the recipients of the 2016 Next Masters Script Development Grant of Tokyo Filmex and Talents Tokyo, a recipient of the Aurora Producing Award at the TFI Network Talent Lab, 2017, workshopped at The Write Retreat – Mallorca Filmmakers’ Residency 2019 in Spain, and a recipient of the Inter-Asia Project Award at the 2019 Neocinemap Project Market, Japan.

Out of Eden is Siege’s first foray into animation.

Projects

Taking My Time to Dance

Taking My Time to Dance

A film by Celeste Lapida

Something seems to be preparing Rana. It appears after spending the day with their grandmother and Saada, in the afternoon when they got in drag for the first time. And after a night of clubbing (plus getting a new mole). The next day at home… they finally realize how to dance.

Si Kulas, Si Berto, At Ang Mga Salamin

Si Kulas, Si Berto, At Ang Mga Salamin

A film by Celina Peñaflorida

10-year-old kids Kulas and Berto spend their days playing outside with friends. But slowly, their friends stop going outside one by one, preferring to stare into mirrors.

As Kulas discovers a new world within the mirror he received, Berto is left alone, searching for his friends. Berto encounters a large mirror, and as his reflection changes, Kulas arrives to drag Berto to their favorite place, where they’re back together with their friends – all staring into their strange little mirrors.

Oni Loko

Oni Loko

A film by Paolo Picones

A demon lurks and possesses people in Tokyo encountering different things and interpersonal vignettes in the mega city. Some are evil, some are good. Transferring from one body to another, he stumbles upon some children playing as the “it” was possessed by the demon. Having his demonic senses attuned, he senses that his playmates are not within the vicinity anymore. The demon then looks through the lives of his playmates only to find what is normal, lots of good manners, discipline and respect. After seeing this, the Filipino child’s family that he possessed gets deported back to Manila, Philippines.

H.I.T.O.

H.I.T.O.

A film by Stephen Lopez

In an alternate corporate controlled Manila, Jani a misunderstood youth discovers that the catfish she had been given for dinner is a foreign made bioweapon named Kiefer. This leads her on a bizarre journey of self-discovery that will pit her against the perils of a violent society and a corporate backed military.

Extra Festive

Extra Festive

A film by Kaj Palanca

Mano and Andrew, a middle-aged gay couple, carry bags of Christmas gifts from a party with friends to a cheap motel where they decide to retire for the night. When Mano realizes they have misplaced the biggest gift, a large box wrapped in sparkling red tied neatly with a ribbon, he’s restless to find it. As Andrew falls asleep, Mano leaves the motel room and begins to wander the city streets. At an eatery, Mano finds the same red present, but now partly ruined, in the hands of a younger stranger, Vince, with whom he finds he shares a dream of rest. Mano rewraps the gift for Vince. After Mano and Vince leave the gift at a fully decorated but empty mansion, the red present turns up at Andrew’s doorstep. Suddenly the dark motel room is lit up with all of Christmastime. In the morning, the promise of rest at the seaside awaits Mano and Vince.

City of Flowers

City of Flowers

A film by Xeph Suarez

A pregnant couple try to survive the drought that has devastated their flower farm, and raise enough money for the wife’s imminent childbirth while the City of Zamboanga celebrates for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, not knowing that a tragedy is about to strike that will later be known as the 2013 Zamboanga Siege.

Ako Ay May Lobo

Ako Ay May Lobo

A film by Siege Ledesma

A mother and her daughter make a pilgrimage to a walled-in city called the Garden of Pearls to watch the ascent of their ruler “Amang” (Father) to the heavens. When they reach the site, it is revealed that they, along with the rest of their kind, have only been used as disposable cogs and pegs by those who want to escape a dying earth. Ako Ay May Lobo predicts a future normal for Filipinos in the year 2070 — where natural resources have been depleted; where the state, religion, and oligarchy have become the same entity; where the times have become so desperate that those who awaken would rather stay asleep.

Experts

Neil Daza (Cinematography)

Neil Daza, a notable name in Philippine cinema, is an award-winning Filipino cinematographer, photographer and visual artist who has shot some of the most memorable films of our time – Dekada ’70 (Decade ’70), Feng Shui, Badil, Bwaya (Crocodile), Signal Rock, Oda sa Wala (Ode To Nothing). Before lensing motion pictures, he was a photojournalist who documented major political events post EDSA 1 revolution. His experience as a photojournalist contributed to the candid aesthetics of his films. Twenty-nine years of filmmaking and critically-acclaimed movies has made him one of the most respected and sought after cinematographers in the country.

Monster Jimenez (Producing)

Monster Jimenez is a writer and filmmaker who has worked in newspapers, magazines, television and film. She built on this experience by working on public service television shows as a writer/producer and, in 2003, joined Arkeofilms, an independent film production company where she remains a partner.

The world premiere of her directorial debut, Kano: An American and His Harem, won in the First Appearance Category at the prestigious IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) in 2010. Her collaboration with Mario Cornejo is Apocalypse Child, won Best Film in Qcinema FF, Toronto Reel Asian FF and Five Flavours FF in Poland. In 2017, she worked with Treb Monteras to produce a hip hop film entitled Respeto, which swept 7 awards in the last Cinemalaya Festival including Best Picture, NETPAC Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award as well as countless awards abroad.

Mikko Quizon (Sound Post)

Mikko Quizon is the owner of Wapak Studios. He is a sound designer for ads, films, and documentaries. Some of his notable works are OTJ, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan, Heneral Luna, Honor Thy Father, Saving Sally, I’m Drunk I Love You, Jodilerks dela Cruz, Balangiga, Nervous Translation, John Denver Trending, Aswang. He is a former lecturer for Sound Design class in UP.

Carlo Manatad (Post Production)

Carlo Francisco Manatad is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. His films have been selected and screened at major international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Busan, and Clermont Ferrand to name a few. He is currently working on his first feature film, Whether the Weather is Fine currently in post production.

Bianca Balbuena (Festival Sales & Distribution)

Bianca Balbuena is a Philippine-based producer, writer and CEO of Epicmedia Productions Inc. which has produced over 30 feature films and series 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, and just recently, Fan Girl which won Best Film at the MMFF 2020. Currently a mentor at Locarno Open Doors and EAVE’s ambassador for Asia, she is also the recipient of the 2018 Busan’s Asian Film Commissions (AFC) Network Producer of the Year and the youngest awardee of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FIAPF Award for outstanding contribution to Asia Pacific cinema.

Ben Padero (Production Design)

Ben is a production designer for films such as Heneral Luna (Jerrold Tarog, 2015), SERBIS (Brillante Mendoza, 2008), SIARGAO (Paul Soriano, 2017), Kapatiran (Pepe Diokno, 2016), SINGING IN GRAVEYARDS (Bradley Liew, 2016) and Midnight in a Perfect World (2020, Dodo Dayao), to name a few.

Ben, along with his frequent design partner Carlo Tabije, has been honored by award-giving bodies including winning Best Production Design at the Gawad Urian Awards 2009 (for Serbis), and the Film Academy of the Philippines Luna Awards in 2016 (for Heneral Luna). They were honored with an international nomination for Best Production Design and Costume Design at the Asian Film Awards (2016) for their work on the latter. Ben was nominated for PhilStage Gawad Buhay Best Set Design for Night Mother.

Armi Cacanindin (Pitching)

Armi Rae Cacanindin is a Filipina producer based in Manila. She’s an alumna of Busan’s Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents and Talents Tokyo. She has also participated in the La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, TorinoFilmLab, IDFAcademy Summer School and Cinefondation’s L’Atelier.

The first film that she produced, “How To Disappear Completely” by Raya Martin, premiered at the Festival del Film Locarno in 2013. Her second, the short film, “Jodilerks dela Cruz, Employee of the Month,” by Carlo Francisco Manatad, premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. It has traveled to more than 40 international festivals since then, won Best SEA Short at Singapore IFF, Best Short Film, Youth Jury Award at Taipei IFF, Special Jury Mention at San Francisco IFF in the US. Another short, “Reminiscenes of the Green Revolution,” by Dean Marcial, premiered at Toronto IFF and later screened at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival and streamed in Amazon Prime as part of the SXSW short film line-up.

She now heads the Long Form Production of Globe Studios and has produced LSS (Last Song Syndrome), which got the Jury Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019, Dead Kids, the first Netflix Originals Film from the Philippines, and the very successful web series, Gaya sa Pelikula.

John Torres (Writing & Directing)

John Torres 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/FICRESCI 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). His work fictionalizes and reworks personal and found documentations of love, family relations, and memory in relation to current events, hearsays, myth, and folklore.

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.

Mentors

Mario Cornejo

Mario Cornejo works as a director for films, television and advertising. In 2005, he wrote and directed his first full-length film Big Time. He also directed First Day High, and Apocalypse Child. He has produced Kano, An American and his Harem, directed by Monster Jimenez, Respeto, directed by Treb Monteras, and Ang Pagbabalik ng Kuwago, directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar.

John Torres

John Torres 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/FICRESCI 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). His work fictionalizes and reworks personal and found documentations of love, family relations, and memory in relation to current events, hearsays, myth, and folklore.

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.

Giancarlo Abrahan

Giancarlo Abrahan is a Filipino director, screenwriter and translator. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Film Institute in 2013. His directorial debut SPARKS (2014) was named 2014’s Best First Feature Film by the Young Critics Circle in Manila, and netted him the Best Director award during the Cinemalaya Film Festival that same year. His second feature, PLEASE/CARE, was received with an equal amount of critical praise; it got awards Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival.
His third feature, Sila-Sila, also won Best Film in Cinemaone Originals Film Festival 2019.

Jade Castro

Jade Castro is a director, writer, and producer in the Philippines. His directorial debut Endo about contractual workers in love won the Cinemalaya Grand Jury Prize and Gawad Urian Best Screenplay, and was in competition at The Festival of the Three Continents. His latest film is the youth musical LSS (Last Song Syndrome), which had its world premiere at the 2020 Osaka Asian Film Festival and won Special Jury Prize and Audience Choice at Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. His short film, Di Ako Makatulog Kasi Wala Ka Sa Tabi Ko, was part of the Southeast Asian Film Symposium. His web series Boys’ Lockdown is currently on IFlix.

As producer, his company ufo Pictures produced the films Sarong Banggi and The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, which won the Teddy Award at Berlin International Film Festival. As writer, his screenplays include My Amnesia Girl, First Day High, and the animated film RPG Metanoia. Castro is also a published critic, instructor, and script reader. He teaches basic film directing at Asia Pacific Film Institute and Meridian International College. He grew up in the province of Cavite and graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines.