Globe, through its film productions arm Globe Studios, recently launched the Globe Independent Film Festival, or GIFF at the Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City.
The event was hosted by renowned actor Epy Quizon and joined by members of the press, bloggers, influencers, friends from the movie industry and Globe Telecom.
“The launch of Globe Studios gave us a whole new way of bringing wonderful entertainment to our customers. With GIFF, our vision for Globe Studios is realized – to be able to advocate local talent and eventually collaborate with them for content. GIFF allows us to fuel creativity among filmmakers and we look forward to the entries and bring these amazing films closer to every Filipino,” says Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business, Dan Horan.
GIFF will be accepting entries for any of these 5 genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Experimental, Music Video, and Webisode, which open to all amateur filmmakers. Film submissions will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges from the entertainment industry namely, acclaimed film director Antoinette Jadaone, TV personality Bianca Gonzalez, film critic Philbert Dy, and renowned TV commercial director Sid Maderazo.
During the program, Quizon was joined by 5 esteemed Filipino directors Quark Henares, Paul Soriano and Dan Villegas. They shared story some of the their challenges and things that they will never forget when creating a film.
We are lucky to watch the 5 laudable short films such as How to Find Love directed by Quark Henares; An Open Door by Paul Soriano; Trapik by Dan Villegas; Ang Painting ni Tatay by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo; and Bestfriend by Bb. Joyce Bernal. These short films are available on GlobeStudios.ph and the Globe YouTube channel.
In addition to the major film categories, GIFF also launched another program: “The Globe 5-Minute Video Challenge”. This joint initiative with the Singtel Group and its telco associates comprised of Singtel, Optus, AIS, Airtel, and Telkomsel, the 5-minute video challenge is part of the group’s efforts to drive content innovation across its markets and it will be conducted at two levels – local and regional. Globe invites aspiring or experienced local filmmakers to submit 5-minute entries based on the theme “Connecting Lives”. The entries will be judged on criteria such as originality of content, storytelling and cinematography. The top two video entries from the Philippines will win P350,000 each and will automatically qualify for the regional level of the competition.
Grand winner will get cash prizes of US$30,000 and the runner up will receive US$15,000. The regional winners will also get the opportunity to promote their videos on each associate’s mobile and video platforms to customers in the Group’s markets across Asia, Africa and Australia. The grand finals will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 21, 2016. To find out more about The 5-min Video Challenge, visit www.the5minvideo.com.