MODERATOR: Armi Rae Cacanindin, Film and Video Program Head (films.giff)

JP Habac is a screenwriter, assistant director, and a director in TV and Film. His short film “Maria” recently won Best Short Film in Cinema One Originals and in Glasgow Short Film Festival. He also competed in Cinemalaya and CineFilipino in its short film category. His most recognized work is his first full feature film “I’m Drunk, I Love You” starring Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino. JP is now one of the most sought-after directors in the country.

Raymond Red is a pioneer of modern Filipino alternative cinema. After studying at the Philippine High School for the Arts and the UP College of Fine Arts, he made numerous experimental and narrative super-8mm and 16mm short films in the 1980s and immediately gained recognition for his works both locally and at the international film festivals scene.

Red has the distinction of being one of the first Filipinos to receive a Rotterdam Hubert Bals Memorial grant, one of only two Filipino filmmakers mentioned in the Oxford History of World Cinema, and the first and so far only Filipino to have won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for his short film “Anino”.

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



MODERATOR: Quark Henares, Festival Head (.giff)

Zev Deans has been working in New York City as a Music Video and Short FIlm Director for the last ten years. He has collaborated with musicians from all over the spectrum of genres, from underground heavy & experimental bands to Grammy-winning Art-Pop & Hip Hop artists. He has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to write and direct his own Ridley-Scott-Approved ALIEN short film, and he landed multiple spots on year-end-lists for Best Music Video on Rolling Stone & Pitchfork Media. Despite all of the mainstream exposure, he has managed to preserve his roots as a visual artist with no film school experience, shedding light on dark and controversial themes for an ever-increasing audience.



MODERATOR: Richard Bolisay

Antoinette Jadaone 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.