Fresh, innovative and inspiring stories have been chosen to vie for top honors at the Viddsee Juree Philippines, a festival of short films that aim to celebrate and support filmmaker communities in Asia.
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry’s picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation.
In this edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers from the Philippines to be watched and judged by a panel of international judges. Each short film shortlisted for the competition will be watched by millions online.
Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.
These 10 hand-picked short films will be considered by our esteemed panel of judges for the Gold and Silver Prize. The winners will receive prizes at the awards ceremony in Manila, Philippines.
- Mother Of Perpetual Help (Inahan sa Kanunayng Panabang) by Chloe Veloso
- Maybe Aliens (Aliens Ata) by Glenn Barit
- Caterwaul by Josel Fajardo
- Companion (Kaulayaw) by Tashana Rivera
- Look Through (Dungaw) by Ralph Quincena
- Slingshot (Tirador) by Nathan Bringuer
- Lovely Is Off Air by Rogin Losa
- Redlights by Christian Lat
- In His Island (Sa Saíyang Islá) by Christian Candelaria
- Home (Nakauwi Na) by Marvin Cabangunay, Jaynus Olaivar
Watch all the entries here:
Mother Of Perpetual Help (Inahan sa Kanunayng Panabang) by Chloe Veloso
Three brothers quarrel over the rights of their ancestral home and the care of their mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Maybe Aliens (Aliens Ata) by Glenn Barit
Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of a father and an eventual separation with their overseas-filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that’s why they turn to out-of-this-world things for an explanation. This is a film shot entirely with a drone.
NETPAC Jury Prize, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2017
Best Short Film, Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2017
In Competition, Kaohsiung Film Festival: International Short Film Competition 2017
Finalist, Short+Sweet Film Manila 2017
Exhibition, Diwa Filipino Showcase of Seattle 2017
Exhibition, BINISAYA Film Festival 2017
Caterwaul by Josel Fajardo
While watching an R-rated movie, two friends share and re-enact their first time.
Companion (Kaulayaw) by Tashana Rivera
A man seeking for happiness and stability but too scared to take the risks
Look Through (Dungaw) by Ralph Quincena
One school night, a problematic nursing student named Lea (Dennise Concepcion) struggles to contain her misery at the girls restroom after class. As she tries to pull herself together, she is surprised by the presence of a professor (Trechelle Ras) in the same comfort room. She then hurries to leave but her feet were stuck in the ground as she is startled when the professor voices out and questions her deepest secret. Lea, who denyingly answered the professor’s attempts to look through her, finds herself being counseled with her despair. As Lea and the Professor leave the restroom, Lea then realized that there were more secrets in the Nursing Building’s hallowed halls than she has herself, and unexpectedly finds herself being stuck in a traumatic situation.
4th Emman Awards – Best Film, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Actress (Dennise Concepcion), Best Supporting Actress (Trechelle Ras), Best Poster, Best Trailer
4th Emman Awards (Special Jury Prizes) – Screenwriter’s Vision Award, OG Concept Award, Andap Award, Cinematic Gem Award, Young Producer’s Award, Asian Film Festival Award, Millenial Hope Award, UFO KNIGHTS Award (Dennise Concepcion), UFO KNIGHTS Award (Trechelle Ras) Biemann Produktion Haus Grant
SinePiyu 2017 (Black Reel Category) – 3rd Best Film, Audience Choice Award, Best Cinematography, Best Editing
Ateneo Video Open 2017 – 2nd Best Film, Best Actress (Dennise Conecepcion), Best Editing
Carribean Film Festival & Market Semi-Finalist
Short+Sweet Film Festival Manila – Audience Choice Award (Heat 2), Best Actress (Dennise Concepcion), Audience Choice Award (Regional Gala)
Slingshot (Tirador) by Nathan Bringuer
Tirador is short film about a boy who wants to rescue his crush from her bullies.
Lovely Is Off Air by Rogin Losa
Lovely is a 23 year old aspiring radio DJ who remained jobless after her graduation and the failure of her online podcast, but now that FATE knocks on her door with an opportunity for her to be on her dream radio station, she must decide whether to stay in her stagnation or take the opportunity.
Mint Film Festival 2017- Best Director
Mint Film Festival 2017- Best Screenplay
Redlights by Christian Lat
A retired american tourist, Jimmy in his late 40’s, comes to the Philippines to start over, met by an overly helpful taxi driver Leon, he later agrees to be given a city tour by Leon, who beelines straight to the red light district that leads Jimmy into entrapment with the Police Officer.
Ottawa Digital Film Festival Best Film 2015
International Film Festival Manhattan Best Actor (Short Film) 2016
In His Island (Sa Saíyang Islá) by Christian Candelaria
A small fishing community struggles amidst an oil spill. Meanwhile, part of that community is a prepubescent and cheerful young boy struggling with his identity who finds comfort in his dreams of becoming a mermaid.
Likha Adarna (Best Thesis film)
Indie Un-Film Festival (Best Feature Film, Best Directing, and People’s Choice Award)
Home (Nakauwi Na) by Marvin Cabangunay, Jaynus Olaivar
A brave battle against grief, anger and injustice. “Nakauwi Na” follows Mang Jerry as he finds ways to earn enough money to get his son, a victim of extra judicial killings, out of the funeral home.
Viddsee’s head of content Nikki Loke comments: “Themes from the top ten films highlight local cultures and nuances, while others reflect universal themes of mental health and identity, for example. Overall, I was very impressed with all the elements of storytelling like casting, cinematography, script, supporting the authenticity of these stories.”
The winners of the Viddsee Juree Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, November 25, at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila. Viddsee will also hold a series of workshops, forums and short film screenings at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on 24 November, and at the Cinematheque from 24 to 26 November. All these are open to the public.
The initiative kicked off three months ago through an online campaign and offline roadshows in Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao where it received encouraging response from the creative community.
Two top entries will be named Gold and Silver winners. They will win production equipment including a cinema camera sponsored by Blackmagic and a five-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association.
For the nominees, landing on the shortlist is a prize in itself.
“There are some people who have criticised my work, which made me question my ability as a filmmaker. Being part of this competition made me more confident as a person and a filmmaker, and that I have the chance to be recognized by a bigger audience, that I have a shot in this industry, says Tashana Rivera, director of the film “Companion”.
For Christian Candelaria, director of “In His Island,” being selected is also a tribute to those who helped him make his film. He declares, “I’m humbled and deeply proud to have the privilege of collaborating with such amazing and fine group of people who shared the same passion.”
The jury is composed of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int’ Fantastic Film Fest and Locarno’s Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer and founder of YxineFF, and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film writer director of blockbuster hits like “That Thing Called Tadhana and “Love You To The Stars and Back.”
Viewers can see these films and other eligible in out-of-competition films for free on Viddsee.com.