First PH online film fest set

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Philbert Dy

Philbert Dy

Globe Independent Film Festival gathers movie director Antoinette Jadaone, film critic Philbert Dy and TVC director Maderazo as judges
The first ever online film festival in the Philippines is about to set the bar for film festivals. Veering from traditional film fests, the Globe Independent Film Festival (GIFF) adds a whole new dimension to digital entertainment by bringing films online to allow more people to access them and watch on demand on their varied devices.

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“Everybody has a story, everybody loves watching movies or video series and these days the world has changed a lot. With the GIFF, we will be able to advocate local filmmakers—that is, allow us to fuel creativity among them so we look forward to their entries and bring these amazing films closer to every Filipino,” said Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business, Dan Horan during the festival’s launch on September 1 at the Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio Global City.

The online film fest is open to all amateur filmmakers. It will accept entries for the following genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Experimental, Music Video, and Webisode. Interested groups and individuals can view the complete mechanics via GlobeStudios.ph.

Antoinette Jadaone

Antoinette Jadaone

The submitted films will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges from the entertainment industry, comprised of acclaimed young film director Antoinette Jadaone, film critic Philbert Dy, and renowned TV commercial director Sid Maderazo with TV host Bianca Gonzales.

“GIFF is about ushering in the next generation of filmmakers, bringing and creating films to inspire others and just supporting talents,” Director Quark Henares, the telco’s new Globe Studios Head pointed out.

The chosen films will be on view to the public via GlobeStudios.ph, the Globe Studios YouTube channel, at the Globe Iconic Store, and in select cinema screenings. Winners per category are set to bring home up to P200,000 and will be announced at the GIFF’s culminating event in November.

GIFF kicked off the film fest with five laudable short films from esteemed Filipino directors who have garnered numerous recognitions for their body of work. These are How To Find Love directed by Quark Henares, An Open Door by Paul Soriano, Trapik by Dan Villegas, Ang Painting Ni Tatay by Sigrid Andrea Bernarndo, and Bestfriend by Bb. Joyce Bernal. The films are now live for viewing online.

Sid Maderazo

Sid Maderazo

In addition to the major film categories, GIFF also involves the “Globe 5-Minute Video Challenge program,” which will be conducted on the local and regional levels. Here, aspiring or experienced local filmmakers are invited to submit five-minute entries based on the theme “Connecting Lives.” To find out more about the said category, log on to the5minvideo.com.

The entries to competition will be judged based on 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 South East Asian level of the competition.

The grand finals will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 21 with cash prizes of $30,000 and $15,000 for the grand winner and runner-up, respectively. Regional winners will further get the opportunity to promote their videos on each associate’s mobile and video platforms to consumers in the Singtel Group and its associates’ market across Asia, Africa and Australia.

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