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 with numerous filmmakers on independent and studio films, and received multiple local and international awards. He is the first Filipino Filmmaker 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 also participated 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 Anna Thomas (Frieda, IFP Founder) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.” First in her Filipino family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class in conservative 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.