Monday, March 12, 2012


Green Papaya Art Projects proudly presents
Experimental Cinema, Video, Time-based Media
in cooperation with COLOGNE/OFF 2012 and ARTVIDEO KOELN
March 14-28, 2012

Generation Loss explores the development of experimental film and video, as well as their contributions to the current and new genres in art making particularly in the Southeast Asian region. Generation loss is a technical term referring to the loss of quality between subsequent copies of data. The project attempts to address issues of archiving and archive-usage, production, distribution, technology, education, piracy and intellectual copyright, among the various creative moving image practices employed in the region today.

Jointly organized by new media artist/curator MERV ESPINA (PH) and CologneOFF curator AGRICOLA DE COLOGNE (DE)

date - time - venue - event – title
March 14-30 - Green Papaya - exhibition - You have used me as a fish long enough
March 16 - 8pm - AS IN - screening - MYSTERIOUS ENTANGLEMENTS (CologneOFF VII - Art & The City)
March 18 - 7pm - Sambalikhaan - screening - Roxlee's Super-8 BBQ Party
March 19 - 4:30 - UPFI - screening - AGWAT: early video experiments from the Mowelfund archives
March 19 - 6:30pm - UPFI - screening - AGWAT: early video experiments from the Mowelfund archives
March 23 - 8pm - 98B - presentation - [Tad Ermitano] THE UNSTABLE IMAGE: experiments in live cinema
March 24 - 8pm - Cinema is Incomplete - screening - A MATTER OF IDENTITY (CologneOFF VII - Art & The City)
March 25 - 8pm - Cinema is Incomplete - screening - TAPES, TRAINS, CHRONICLES & RAMBLINGS: HanoiDOCLAB selections
March 28 - 8pm - Sambalikhaan - presentation - [Sascha Pohle] THE RE-ENACTOR (or, How I wanted to be an actor but became an artist instead)

GREEN PAPAYA ART PROJECTS, 41B T. Gener corner Kamuning, Quezon City
AS IN SHOP, 59 Mahabangin corner Maginhawa st, Teachers Village East, Quezon City
SAMBALIKHAAN, Episcopal Church of the Philippines Compound, E. Rodriguez Blvd., Quezon City
UP FILM INSITITUE, UP Diliman, Quezon City
98B, 98B Dioquino corner 15th Ave, Murphy, Cubao, Quezon City
CINEMA IS INCOMPLETE, 117C Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

For more info contact
Merv Espina, +639216653943,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Do you have a story in your mind that can be made into a compelling film?

If you want to join the growing ranks of the country’s young and dynamic filmmakers, many of whom have won national and international awards, now is your chance.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has launched the first National Film Competition which will reward the best screenplays submitted by aspiring directors and scriptwriters across the country with substantial seed money to translate their stories into quality films for local and even foreign exhibition.

The FDCP’s mandate is to promote the growth and development of the Philippine movie industry, spread awareness and appreciation for Philippine culture and history through film, and revitalize the Philippine movie industry by creating new opportunities for aspiring filmmakers as well as generating a bigger audience for Philippine cinema by bringing Filipino films to Filipino communities everywhere.

The nationwide scriptwriting and film competition seeks to highlight our outstanding film culture, while unifying the many diverse visions, views and voices of Filipino filmmakers across the country. The announcement of winners and awarding of prizes will be held either in Davao City or Cebu City in May 2012.


• Open to Filipinos who have not written or co-written, directed or co-directed more than three films, documentaries or animated features.

• Three Categories:
o Feature Film Competition
o Full-Length Documentary
o Animated Short Film Competition

• Three Divisions in the Feature Film Competition and Full-Length Documentary Competition
o Luzon Division
o Visayas Division
o Mindanao Division

• National competition for animation
• Geographically oriented using language/dialect indigenous to setting
• Deadline for submission of screenplay is midnight of November 15, 2011
• Finalists announced December 20, 2011
• Filming starts January 2012 and final submission of films on April 30, 2012
• Festival in May 2012 at Davao City.
• Detailed guidelines at
• Forms can be downloaded from or are available at FDCP Makati Office

For the complete set of rules and guidelines of the National Film Competition and application forms, please visit our website:, or email us at: (FDCP Media Desk)

Monday, December 13, 2010


Sinulog Foundation,Inc.
in cooperation with:
Cebu City Government
Cebu’s Film Society


The Sinulog 2011 Short Film Festival

The 7th Annual Sinulog Video Documentary and Short Film Competition is on! As we celebrate another season of fervent praises to the Sr. Sto. Niño! Whether documenting the Annual Sinulog Celebration or presenting a story of the power of the Holy Child Jesus, thru film or video, you can tell us your point of view! Share your created story or an actual personal experience of the miraculous power of the Señor Sto. Niño and how it has affected and changed your life! You, too, can be an instrument in changing this nation and the world! Touch other people’s lives! Just do it now! Join us as we once again shout out loud the theme that makes the big difference:

3 of 3 File(s)

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Phylum Productions presents
an intriguing bromantic love story...


OMBRE tells the story of Jake, an aspiring actor who went to Baguio City for a reality star search audition. There, he meets Dennis, a photographer from Manila. Both stay in a transient house owned by Dennis’ gay best friend, Brix.

Jake is a dreamer.

Dennis is a searcher who just got out of rehab.

They became friends and secret lovers. While both of them have special someone waiting back in Manila, it becomes clear that there’s a bond between them that they’ve never felt with other people, and this feeling begins to grow into something deeper.

Is this LOVE?

OMBRE is written and directed by Jonison Fontanos and stars Zac Ferrero, Darwin Taylo, Jobben Bello, Lando Perez, G.A Villafuerte, Tin Gonzalez, Kimjee Abad with Ms. Jef Gaitan (Survivor Philippines Palau finalist).

Dreams, destiny and love, in forms not known to many, come together in this full-length independent film, pre-slated to be shown early next year, 2011.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Animahenasyon 2010 Winners

Grand Prize Winner: When Alma Died by Richmond Wesley Tan

Professional Division:
Best Animation - Category A (1-5 minutes) – SMOG by Jerome Alcordo
Best Animation - Category B (6-20 minutes) – MGA DAMGO (DREAMS) by Remton Siega Zuasola
Best Animation - Category C (21-40 minutes) – No entry
Best Animation - Category D (Full-length animated feature) – KAPITAN TORPE by Antonio Jose Cadiz
Best Animation - Category E (Music video) – No winner
Best Animation - Category F (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – PASINTABI OBB by Jeff Capili
Best Animation - Category G (TV series) – No entry

Student/Amateur Division:
Best Animation - Category H (1-5 minutes) – WHEN ALMA DIED by Richmond Wesley Tan
Best Animation - Category I (6-20 minutes) – THE MYSTERY OF THE 24TH by Julian Carmelo Santiago
Best Animation - Category J (21-40 minutes) – No entry
Best Animation - Category K (Music video) – UPUAN by Mavreen Anne Romero
Best Animation - Category L (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – CLOSE-UP TOOTHPASTE by Marcelo William Muñoz

Special Jury Prize
WASTELAND by Eleanor Ramos in cooperation with Sarimanok News Network, Inc.

Best Regional Entry
SULUNDON (Hero) by Jerome Alcordo and Ionone Bangcas of BouncingBall, Inc. from Cebu

Hero TV's Choice
MGA DAMGO (DREAMS) by Remton Siega Zuasola
Hero's Choice Award is given to the entry that exhibits the theme "Finding the Hero Within." Winner is given a special feature of the work and an interview of the producer.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee
for his significant contributions and outstanding original body of work that helped shaped the development of Philippine independent film animation, for promoting, instilling and integrating Filipino culture in his work, for continually demonstrating and setting aesthetic excellence in his craft, and for all his artistic endeavors and unwavering effort in keeping the creative industry alive in the country.

The Secretariat
Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.
9th Floor, The Palisades Condominium
107 Perea Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
+632-8172727 loc. 108

Monday, October 25, 2010


DEADLINE: Friday, November 5, 2010

The 12th Cinemanila has extended the deadline for the final submission of entries for the Digital Lokal, Young Cinema, and International Competition until November 5, 2010.

The 12th Cinemanila International Film festival will take place from December 1 to 5, 2010 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Now on it 12th year, the CIFF has presented award-winning indie films, both local and international, and has discovered new local talents like Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Raya Martin, John Torres, and Remton Siega Zuasola, among others. Film luminaries like Quentin Tarantino, Lou Diamond Phillips, Fernando Meirelles, Paul Schrader, Christine Hakim, Jafar Panahi, Pusan International Film Festival director Kim Dong Ho, and Aruna Vasudev of NETPAC have received Lifetime Achievement Awards in the longest-running and only international film festival of its kind in the Philippines.

Entry forms can be downloaded: For further inquires, please email or call 392 7935.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is now accepting entries for its 2010 Program.
The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival features feature films and short works in the following categories:

-Feature-length Narrative
-Documentary (Feature Length)
-Short (Narrative or Experimental)
-Documentary (Short)
-Music Video

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival invites all films made by, for, or about people of Filipino descent. Qualifying films will include, but not be limited to:

-Works featuring the talents of directors, performers, writers, and other filmmakers of Filipino descent from the United States, the Philippines, and throughout the world.

-Stories, characters, and themes about Filipinos, Filipino Americans, and others of Filipino descent.

-Issues and topics relevant to audiences of Filipino descent.

For entry form and shipping information, please visit or download our entry form here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok
5 - 14 November, 2010
Paragon Cineplex and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit (Ekamai)
"Emotions Unleashed"

The 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok introduces around 150 movies from around the world. French post-New-Wave director Jacques Doillon and Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan will attend the festival. The Thai indie film "Eternity" ("Tee Rak") will be the opener.

Kriengsak "Victor" Silakong, director of the World Film Festival of Bangkok (WFFBKK), says the movies will be shown in nine sections: Asian Contemporary; Cinema Beat; Cine Latino; Doc Feast; Short Wave; Guts Nouveau; Music & Dance A la Carte, New Turkish Cinema and Retrospective.

There are several "must-see" movies in the festival, including "Insects in the Backyard", the debut feature by indie director Tanwarin Sukhapisit, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It'll make its Thai premiere at the WFFBKK.

Others are "Red Dragonflies" from Singapore, which has been awarded at many film festivals; "The Well", a coming-of-age drama from India; "Au Revoir Taipei", a new romantic comedy from Taiwan; "Cold Water of the Sea" from Costa Rica, which won a Tiger Award at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam; "The Famous and the Dead", a new teenage flick from Brazil; "Curling" from Canada, winner of two awards at the Locarno film festival this year; and "A Film Unfinished", Yael Hersonski's powerful documentary that portrays people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi occupation in World War II.

The opening film "Eternity" ("Tee Rak") by Sivaroj Kongsakul, represents the new blood of Thai independent cinema. His first feature explores the three stages of a man's life, from his romance as a young man to the woman who will be his wife, then as a ghost wandering his childhood home and finally as a void in the lives of those he left behind. It's a tribute to his father, who died when Sivaroj was a child.

Sivaroj is well known in Thailand's independent cinema scene. His short films "Always" and "Silencio" have won prizes in various film festivals. He has worked as an assistant director for Aditya Assarat, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and Wisit Sasanatieng. "Eternity" ("Tee Rak") premiered in the New Currents competition at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival, and the World Film Festival of Bangkok hosts the movie's Thai premiere.

The festival's prestigious Lotus Award this year will be given to Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of the most important filmmakers from Turkey. We are thrilled to have him in person and meet the audience on the opening night and for the screening of "Three Monkeys".

The opening ceremony of the 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok will be held in the Infinity Hall of Paragon Cineplex on 5 November, 2010, at 6pm.

French director Jacques Doillon will be praised in the Retrospective section. He will attend the festival to present five of his movies: "Touched in the Head" (1974), "The Little Gangster" (1990), "Ponette" (1996), "Just Anybody" (2008), "The Three Way Wedding" (2010) and one documentary about his life and works: "Jacques Doillon – Words and Emotion" (1998) by Anne Brochet and Françoise Dumas. This is a rare chance for Bangkok audiences to watch Doillon's films and meet the director.

With support from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism of Turkey and Turkish Airlines, the festival presents New Turkish Cinema, a section that focuses on five outstanding contemporary Turkish films: "Envy" by Zeki Demirkubuz, "Kosmos" by Reha Erdem , "Vavien" by Durul Taylan and Yagmur Taylan, "Wrong Rosary" by Mahmut Fazil Coskun and "Honey" by Semih Klaplanoglu.

Another exciting part of the WFFBKK is the poster competition. We received so many great poster designs and many of them are full of creative ideas.

As with past years, the closing celebration will have a "Celebrity Look Alike" competition. This year, with generous support by Thai Life Insurance Co., Ltd., we are going with the special theme "Vampire Party". Get ready for the fun on 13 November, 2010, from 6pm onward.

The 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok is co-organised by The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, the Ministry of Culture, The Nation, Major Cineplex Group Plc, Paragon Cineplex, Nation Broadcasting Corporation and Mango TV. It is supported by Singha Corporation Co., Ltd., Thai Life Insurance Co., Ltd., FedEx Express and Turkish Airlines, with the cooperation of the foreign embassies in Thailand and special cooperation of The Embassy of Turkey, The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, The Embassy of France, The Embassy of Brazil, The Embassy of Switzerland, The Embassy of India, The Embassy of Peru, The Embassy of Israel and The Embassy of Portugal. Other media supporters include Happening Magazine, Bioscope Magazine and Music & Art Magazine.

The 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok will be held at Paragon Cineplex and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit (Ekamai) from 5 to 14 November, 2010. Tickets are Bt100 and Bt50 for students. For more information please check out

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The revised and updated rules and regulations for submission of entries:

1. All entries should be original. It is encouraged that the filmmaker use original music for their films, but if this is not the case, she or he should secure permission to use copyrighted materials appearing in the film.

2. The filmmaker/s should be residents of any of Calabarzon provinces namely, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon. Filmmaker should submit proof of residence (cedula, ID indicating address, barangay clearance, etc.).

3. The film should be made in 2010 and should showcase the region’s culture and heritage, specifically that of the filmmaker’s province.

4. Entries should be a short film. All film genres (e.g. narrative, documentary, experimental, animation) are accepted. Running time should at least be five minutes but should not exceed 20 minutes. Longer films may be considered for valid reasons but should not exceed 60 minutes.

5. A filmmaker may submit more than one entry, but there is no guarantee that all will be screened. A shortlist of finalists will be released a few weeks after the deadline.

6. The film should have English subtitles in consideration of foreign audience.

7. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster in CD form.

8. Shortlisted filmmakers should attend the three-day film festival on Dec. 9-11 at UP Los Baños

9. The organizers reserve the right not to show the film deemed unsuitable for general patronage. Filmmaker should notify the organizers if the film contains explicit language and images.

10. Winners will receive cash prizes and certificate of participation. The winning film has the chance to be screened in NCCA’s Cinemarehiyon 2011 in Davao City.

11. All entries should be received on or before Nov. 6.

Submission forms could still be downloaded here:

For inquiries, don't hesitate to email us at or contact 0916.375.1339.

Monday, October 18, 2010


By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 10/16/2010
Busan bids to become hub of Asian film world

Asia's largest film festival signed off this week with a promise to make the South Korean port city of Busan not only the hub of Korean cinema but of the entire region.

Busan bids to become hub of Asian film world

The 15th Pusan International Film Festival closed with a glittering ceremony Friday night at the Haeundae Yachting Centre and a world premiere screening of the three-part production "Camellia".

The joint effort by Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng, South Koreas Jang Joon-Hwan and Japan's Isao Yukisada pays homage to Busan and was put together under the eye of veteran festival director Kim Dong-Ho, who now retires from his post after 15 years in charge.

It was a fitting way to bring the curtain down on the latest edition of a festival which grew from humble beginnings to become the premier cinematic gathering in the region -- providing a window into Asian independent film.

Kim said the challenge ahead was to establish Busan as the centre of the Asian film world. The inauguration next year of the 133 million dollar Dureraum, or Busan Film Centre, will go some way toward achieving that goal.

But the festival will miss the guidance of the 73-year-old Kim, who has been credited with helping introduce a generation of Asian filmmakers -- from Park Chan-Wook ("Old Boy") to Bong Joon-Ho ("Mother") -- to the rest of the world.

"Next year we move physically into a new facility and psychologically Mr Kim is not going to be with us, but we will hold on to traces of Mr Kim and try to move the festival forward," said co-director Lee Yong-Kwan.

South Korean films dominated the festival's awards this year.

Park Jung-Bums "The Journals of Musan" and Yoon Sung-Hyuns "Bleak Night" -- both mature, measured looks at aspects of modern Korean society -- took the two 30,000 dollar prizes awarded in the main New Currents section for first or second time Asian directors.

They showed the depth of talent in independent Korean cinema, while audiences, including representatives of the international film industry, were also given a taste of the mainstream films which have recently been drawing crowds across South Korea.

Director Lee Jeong-Beom's ultra-violent thriller "The Man from Nowhere" -- second only to the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar" at the Korean box office this year -- proved a hit for visitors to the country. So did Kim Jee-Woons blood-splattered "I Saw the Devil".

Outside of films from the host country, China came to Busan with a mixture of small, independent films and blockbusters and showed just why box office receipts in that country are spiralling upwards.

The China Film Producers Association has estimated that by 2015 China will be ranked second behind the United States in terms of box office turnover.

Receipts by then are predicted to reach close to five billion dollars, and its a fair guess to think that local cinema will take a share of those riches.

Director Li Weirans madcap but socially aware comedy "Welcome to Sharma Town" was a hit with fans and critics alike.

And international visitors who for the first time saw Feng Xiaogangs earthquake-themed actioner "Aftershock" -- Chinas all-time box office leader with receipts of 98.9 million dollars -- were left suitably impressed.

The festivals special sections were also well received.

They included a revealing look at work by Kurdish filmmakers, while "A Window on Asian Cinema" featured some regional gems, such as Japanese maverick Takashi Miikes take on the samurai genre, "Thirteen Assassins".

"Twenty years ago in the film world it was Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. Now its Hollywood, Asia and the rest," said noted film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, in Busan as part of the jury for the Flash Forward award for first or second time non-Asian directors.

That awards 20,000 dollar first prize was won by the Swedish director Lisa Langseths "Pure", which features a haunting performance from Alicia Vikander as a young woman whose life is changed after she witnesses a performance of Mozarts "Requiem".

A total of 306 films were screened over the festivals 10 days, with 101 of them being world premieres.

Organizers reported that 182,046 people turned up to watch them -- and to attend the beachside talks with international stars such as Hollywoods Willem Dafoe and French star Juliette Binoche as well as local heartthrob Won Bin.

At the 5th Asian Film Market, which runs concurrently with the main festival, business was reported to be brisk rather than brilliant.

Most of the sales for distribution of films such as Chinese director Tsui Harks actioner "Director Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" - currently the Chinese box office champ -- were to other Asian markets and to Europe rather than to the United States.

But more deals are expected to be signed when the film festival circuit moves to events in Tokyo (October 23-31) and the American Film Market (November 3-10).

However, there were reminders that cinema isn't always simply about business at the box office.

"For me this festival is famous around the world for supporting young, independent filmmakers," said Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji, whos "Son of Babylon" screened as part of the "A Window on Asian Cinema" section.

The film is Iraq's official Oscar submission for the 2011 awards.

"It is a thrill for us to come here and to find an audience and a festival that is just so supportive of what young filmmakers are trying to do," he said.

  © Blogger template Brownium by 2009

Back to TOP