We were a promised a night of music and movies, and we sure got it. April 6 marked the awards ceremony of the Globe Independent Film Festival. The country’s best young indie filmmakers showcased their work. There are 6 categories: Animated, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Narrative, and Webisodes, each with five contenders.
Amazing local musicians also performed at GIFF. Moonwlk, Olympia, Escuri, Nanay Mo, BP Valenzuela, Pedicab, and Taken by Cars all sang their hearts out at The Palace Pool Club.
Globe Studios Recognizing Independent Artists
Let’s just take this moment to give a big thank you to the people at Globe Studios. They’re giving new indie artists the boost they need, and providing veteran indie artists the recognition they deserve. Kudos to you!
Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the winners!
For the animated category, “Lakas ng Lahi” took home the gold. This action-packed short put the audience at the edge of their seat and left them wanting more. Local comics master Arnold Arre directed and animated this, and literature expert Emil Flores wrote the script.
Nothing Too Supreme triumphed over the other documentaries. As an artist, I was so glad this film won because. It shared a message that every artist should follow: “In art it doesn’t matter what you do, what really matters is friendship, the connection one another.” Felman Jay Jr. Hernandez really knocked it out of the park with this one!
Isda won the experimental category. This strange yet beautiful film by Mark Glenn Doroja shone light on the terrible state that humans wrought upon marine life.
The rotoscoped Building Too scored best music video. The visuals were simple and refreshing. I love the combination of BP’s music and Christine Joyce Silva’s animation. It was a match made in heaven.
All Your Algorithms definitely earned the best narrative spot. The story and concept in themselves are heartbreakingly amazing, but having the video be only the size of a typical phone screen really made the film unique. The young Alec Figuracion definitely has a bright future ahead of him.
Karlo Policarpio’s DOTA Dad was the best webisode of the bunch. The funny video about a son and a father arguing about a videogame was a great pick. I love playing support as well, so I relate with the son.
And a special audience choice was awarded to Peñafrancia. The quirky short about a superstitious shopaholic teen was definitely one of my faves too!
The direction that independent films are going in is very inspiring. Young people and technology are breathing life into a medium that is slowly but surely gaining recognition of big companies.
Normally, I would encourage you guys to keep supporting the artists, which I will still do. You can watch the other entries on GIFF’s official site here. However, maybe one of you, our dear readers, could be the next great filmmaker. Everyone has a story to tell, and with how fast technology is advancing, that only becomes easier.