Lights, Camera, Action!
Aspiring Filipino film makers and enthusiasts may now take their chance into producing, directing or even acting in their own movie and get that financial and professional support they need to pursue their passion.
Globe, through its film producttions arm Globe Studios, launched the Globe Independent Film Festival aka #GIFFest. This is the first online film Festival in the country that advocates and supports original content and Filipino talents.
GIFF wants to be the venue of indipendent film makers by having a film festival that maximizes the online platform to reach a wider audience as all film entries will be available online. This also gives viewers not to tied by time-slots as they can access and them watch at their own time.
For the GIFF 5 major film categories will be available for aspiring fimmakers to join , they are:Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Experiemental, Music Video and Webisode. An esteemed panel of judges from the entertainment industry namely, acclaimed film director Antoinette Jadaone, TV personality Bianca Gonzalez, film critic Philbert Dy, and renowned TV commercial director Sid Maderazo will be screening the entries.
To give us an idea of what type of indipendent short films we can expect or for inspiration to those who would want to submit entries, 5 short films were shown at the event: How to Find Love directed by Quark Henares; Open Door Policy by Paul Soriano; Trapik by Dan Villegas; Ang Painting ni Tatay by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo; and Beshie by Bb. Joyce Bernal. These films are now available at GlobeStudios.ph and the Globe YouTube channel. Among the five my favorite was Beshie, followed by How to Find Love and Ang Painting ni Tatay. The first two were rom-com type while the later was drama.
Aside from the major film categories, #GIFFest has a “Globe 5-Minute Video Challenge”. Encouraging video content creators (professional or amateur) to make a 5-minute video revolving around the theme of “Connecting Lives”. This is a joint initiative with the Singtel Group and its telco associates comprised of Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, and Telkomsel and it will be conducted at two levels – local and regional. Entries will be judged on criteria such as originality of content, storytelling and cinematography. The top two video entries from the Philippines will win P350,000 each and will automatically qualify for the regional level of the competition.
The grand finals for the 5 minute video challenge will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 21, 2016 with cash prizes of US$30,000 and US$15,000 to be awarded to the grand winner and runner-up respectively. The regional winners will also get the opportunity to promote their videos on each associate’s mobile and video platforms to customers in the Group’s markets across Asia, Africa and Australia. To find out more about The 5-min Video Challenge, visit www.the5minvideo.com.
The purpose of GIFF is to discover new talents and original content creators for possible collaboration under the Globe Studios.
To see what happened at the #GIFFest you may watch the video below:
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