The Top 10 finalists of Viddsee Juree Philippines 2017 have already been revealed.
This competition is a festival of short films that aims to celebrate and support filmmaker communities in Asia.
The nominated films were created by young filmmakers from different schools such as the University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Mint, College of St Benilde, Letran, and International Academy of Film and Television.
Their works are about families, personal struggles and the realities in rural communities— a young boy’s dream of becoming a mermaid, two brothers dealing with the loss of their parents shot entirely on a drone, a father battling grief and injustice after his son’s death, and more moving stories.
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 2017 Viddsee Juree Awards will be announced during the awarding ceremony to be held on November 25 (Saturday) 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 November 24, and at the Cinematheque from November 24 to 26. 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.
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 writer-director of blockbuster hits such as That Thing Called Tadhana and Love You To The Stars and Back.
Viewers can see the chosen short films and other eligible in out-of-competition films for free on Viddsee.com.