THREE capstone projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts have been officially selected as finalists to the second Viddsee Juree Philippines, which is part of the Singapore-based online video platform’s initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.
The Lessons of the Night (Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi) by Christian Rae Villanueva, As Time Flows By (Sa Pag-agos ng Panahon) by Annika Yañez, and Stand Up (Tayo) by Ron Dulatre and Elaiza Rivera, were chosen from more than a hundred short fiction, documentary and animated films submitted to the competition.
The Lessons of the Night focuses on Juanita (Sheenly Vee Gener), a teacher battling depression, who teams up with her delinquent student (Dylan Ray Talon) to retrieve her baby. The film earlier bagged Best Editing and Best Performance at Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival and was officially selected to the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle, the inaugural Oriental Mindoro International Film Festival and Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan this year.
Meanwhile, As Time Flows By tells the story of Trish (Chase Salazar), a lesbian who is having a hard time coming to terms with her traditional Filipino father (Francis Mata). It previously won Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor and Best Soundtrack at the 15th De La Salle University Indie Un-Film Festival.
In Stand Up, Reg (Karl Medina), a socially awkward comedian gets help from Alyssa (Veronica Reyes), his “special friend.” However, when he is supposed to give the performance of his life, Alyssa suddenly disappears.
The other finalists are Ah by AJ Virtuz, Divine XY by Ruel Lozendo; Ginhawa by Christian Lat; Igme and Gani by Ma Jhayle Ann Marie Meer; In the Name of the Father by Patrick Rodil; Susing by Bea Felix; and You are the Star to My Night by Brian Spencer Reyes.
All ten finalists, which generally deal with love, relationships, morality and sexuality, will receive a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each.
The Gold and Silver winners will get film production grants worth 160,000 and 80,000 pesos, respectively, plus audio equipment provided by RØDE Microphones. The Gold winner will also be offered a five-day Global Film & TV Program course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association.
The top two entries will be decided by a panel of judges made up of award-winning Filipino actress Cherie Gil, acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker and writer Amir Muhammad and Tribeca Film Festival shorts programmer Ben Thompson.
Finalists and out-of-competition films can also vie for the Audience Choice Award, which will be based on the most number of ‘likes’ it receives on Viddsee.com. The winning director for this award will take home an Apple TV.
Viddsee will hold a three-day program, featuring talks and public screenings, at the DLS-CSB SDA Cinema from September 27 to 29. Winners will be announced during the awarding ceremony scheduled on September 29 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.