Ten bold and emotionally stirring stories have been selected as finalists the 2nd Viddsee Juree Philippines, a festival of short films that celebrates and supports filmmaking communities in Asia.
A wide range of independent filmmakers from different backgrounds turned in their work for selection including more familiar names like Ma. Jhayle Ann Marie Meer and Christian Lat, who was also a finalist last year, as well as up and coming talents from such schools as Asia Pacific Film Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, Far Eastern University, and the University of the Philippines.
The finalists cover several genres and subjects that examine love, relationships, morality and sexuality. There is a story about a woman wrestling with her father to accept her same-sex relationship (“As Time Flows By”); a socially awkward comedian who gets inspiration from an imaginary friend (“Stand Up”); an amateur boxer fighting to retain his brother’s legacy (“Ginhawa”); and a money lender who gets caught up in a social media storm (“Susing”), among others.
“This year’s entries showed a willingness of local filmmakers to explore various genres in telling stories that surprise and delight audiences, while daring enough to tackle social issues with compassion and heart,” said Viddsee’s head of content, Nikki Loke.
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