Globe pioneers first Philippine online film festival with GIFF

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Mondays can be tough as [email protected]#$! Traffic may not be fatal but commuting and riding the MRT can turn any saint into a sinner. Its like Dante’s Inferno only horizontal ( I’ll think of an explanation eventually)

Its a good thing that Globe Telecom, quickly shared the 5 short films they debuted last Thursday night at the launch of the Globe Independent Film Festival. So if you are feeling a bit down this Monday you might want to check these shorties out!

For those who are looking for love and are a bit clueless as to how it works in the time of social media here’s How to Find Love directed by Quark Henares;

Do you have a Beshie? That one person who has always been there for you? Then you will love, Beshie by Bb. Joyce Bernal.

Memorable line: “I have to attend the beheading of my friend!”

Inspiring as it is heartwarming there’s Ang Painting ni Tatay by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo; and An Open Door by Paul Soriano;

And finally if you are in traffic, you might want to Stop. Steady and Sayaw with Trapik or by Dan Villegas

 


Its hard to imagine that just a few years ago, Independent Films was like a plague to the entertainment industry–movie goers stayed away from it, producers almost faced certain losses, and only desperate actors or newbies would be willing to accept any role.

Many even made fun of Indies calling them –H”indie” maganda, H”indie” kikita. and H”indie” papanoorin.

How things quickly changed. As Indie became more accepted mainstream, their topics less alienating and more famous celebrities became part of it, Independent Film Festivals became the “IN” thing and it game Filipinos a better alternative to those commercially made films with rehashed scripts.

Now the search for new filmmakers goes digital as Globe Telecom, through its film productions arm Globe Studios launched the Globe Independent Film Festival, or GIFF.

Globe Studios finally launches the very first Globe Independent Film Festival that is now accepting entries via www.GlobeStudios.ph. The event was hosted by renowned actor Epy Quizon and led by Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, Vice President for Content Jil Go, guest director Paul Soriano, Globe Studios Head Quark Henares, guest director Dan Villegas, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan and Director COE Commercial, Singtel Group, Abigail, Wong Sow Peng
Globe Studios finally launches the very first Globe Independent Film Festival that is now accepting entries via www.GlobeStudios.ph. The event was hosted by renowned actor Epy Quizon and led by Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, Vice President for Content Jil Go, guest director Paul Soriano, Globe Studios Head Quark Henares, guest director Dan Villegas, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan and Director COE Commercial, Singtel Group, Abigail, Wong Sow Peng

The first ever online film festival in the Philippines, GIFF sets the bar for film festivals by maximizing the online platform to reach a wider audience advocating Filipino talent and championing original content.

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Character Actor and indie film veteran Epy Quizon hosted the event

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Veering from traditional film fests, GIFF adds a whole new dimension to digital entertainment by bringing the film entries online. This way, more people will be able to access and watch on demand, right on their device.

Open to all amateur filmmakers , GIFF will be accepting entries for any of these 5 genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Experimental, Music Video, and Webisode. Film submissions will be evaluated by 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.

One of GIFF’s panel of judges, acclaimed director Antoinette Jadaone
One of GIFF’s panel of judges, acclaimed director Antoinette Jadaone
Giff Judge Bianca Gonzalez
Giff Judge Bianca Gonzalez
GIFF judge film critic Philbert Dy
GIFF judge film critic Philbert Dy
GIFF judge, commercial director , Sid Maderazo
GIFF judge, commercial director , Sid Maderazo

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“The launch of Globe Studios gave us a whole new way of bringing wonderful entertainment to our customers. With GIFF, our vision for Globe Studios is realized – to be able to advocate local talent and eventually collaborate with them for content. GIFF allows us to fuel creativity among filmmakers and we look forward to the entries and bring these amazing films closer to every Filipino,” says Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business, Dan Horan.

In the course of the film fest, the public will be able to watch the shortlisted films on GlobeStudios.ph, the Globe Studios YouTube channel, at the Globe ICONIC store, or at select cinema screenings. Winners per category are set to bring home up to P200,000 and will be announced at GIFF’s culminating event in November. Interested groups can learn more about the complete mechanics by visiting www.GlobeStudios.ph.

In addition to the major film categories, GIFF also launches another program: “The Globe 5-Minute Video Challenge”. This joint initiative with the Singtel Group and its telco associates comprised of Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, and Telkomsel, the 5-minute video challenge is part of the group’s efforts to drive content innovation across its markets and it will be conducted at two levels – local and regional. Globe invites aspiring or experienced local filmmakers to submit 5-minute entries based on the theme “Connecting Lives”. The 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.

Mr. Mark Chong, CEO, International, Singtel, said, “We are making a big push in digital content as consumers have radically changed the way they consume entertainment. For many of Singtel’s more than 600 million customers, the mobile phone is also the only way for them to access the internet. A pan-regional competition makes a lot of sense as the power of content is its ability to transcend geographical and language barriers. Our customers will be able to enjoy access to a rich variety of original content created by the most talented content-makers from the region.”


 

The grand finals 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.

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