Filipino talent honored at inaugural independent film festival

by Mari-An Santos
Apr 11, 2017
Penafrancia (left frame) and Isda (right frame) are some of the entries that were honored at the 2017 Globe Independent Film Festival.

The sky was clear and the stars came out for the first Globe Independent Film Festival (GIFF) at the Palace Pool Club. Among those in attendance were Bianca Gonzalez, Sid Lucero, Annicka Dolonius, Ping Medina, Paul Soriano, and other mainstream and indie celebrities.

The GIFF is an amateur filmmaking competition sponsored by Globe that collected over 200 hundred entries. There were 6 major categories, namely: Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Webisodes, Music Video, and Narrative. Each of the grand prize winners for the Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Webisodes, and Music Video categories received P100,000 each.

For the Narrative film category, the first prize winner took home P200,000. All the finalists can be viewed at:

The panel of judges was composed of: acclaimed rom-com film director Antoinette Jadaone, TV personality Bianca Gonzalez, film critic Philbert Dy, and renowned TV commercial director Sid Maderazo.

The night was also made entertaining by the diverse repertoire of music from the artists whose music videos were nominated, namely: Escuri, BP Valenzuela, Nanay Mo, Olympia, and Moonwlk. Also, bands Taken by Cars and Pedicab ushered the merrymaking deeper into the night.

The event was sponsored by Globe Studios, the original content production arm of Globe Telecom.



1st: Nothing Too Supreme by Felman Jay Jr. Hernandez

2nd: Pelikula Ni Rey by Dino Placino

3rd: Panginabuhi Namo, Sa Kaong Na Giluto by Romel Lozada, Tatiano Molarto, Jori Mae Samillano


1st: Isda by Mark Glenn Doroja

2nd: Penafrancia by Gab Mesina

3rd: Girl Magazine by Anna Meer


1st: Lakas Ng Lahi by Arnold Arre, Emil Flores

2nd: The Well by Juan Alcazaren

3rd: Momo by Avid Liongoren


1st: Dota Dad by Karlo Policarpio

2nd: Bilucao Warriors IV by Gariendo Encarnacion, Jr.

3rd: Hugot Sword by Karlo Policarpio


1st: All Your Algorithms by Alec Figuracion

2nd: TransParent by Adel Clemente

3rd: The Harvest by Brian Patrick Lim


1st: BP Valenzuela - Building Too by Christine Joyce Silva

2nd: Nanay Mo - Absent Mind by Gio Puyat

3rd: Escuri - Sepia by Dominic Bekaert, Quintuin P. Cu-Unjieng

Penafrancia by Gab Mesina also won the Audience Choice Award


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Penafrancia (left frame) and Isda (right frame) are some of the entries that were honored at the 2017 Globe Independent Film Festival.
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