As someone who is constantly involved in the recent trends in this Digital Space. I certainly have a knack for checking out some of the new finds and updates in our Social Media Sites. So just last week I was invited by Globe to their Iconic Store in BGC for a movie fest wherein they would showcase 5 of their movies spanning 5 minutes each created none the less by their top notch directors like Dan Villegas, Quark Henares and of course the dashing Paul Soriano.
Globe now has its own film productions arm called Globe Studios, whose vision is to advocate local talent and eventually collaborate with them for content. It recently launched its Globe Independent Film Festival or GIFF, the first ever online film festival in the Philippines. GIFF sets the bar for film festivals by maximizing the online platform to reach a wider audience. Yey! 🙂
To jump start everything GIFF kicks off the film fest with 5 laudable short films led by 5 esteemed Filipino directors who have garnered numerous recognitions for their body of work. Available on GlobeStudios.ph and the Globe YouTube channel, everyone can watch the following titles: 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.
I was personally touched by the “Ang Painting ni Tatay” since it spoke of the love between a father and a son and reaching for your dreams despite the tribulations that you might encounter along the way. It made me tear up and tugged at my heartstrings as this movie effectively communicated its message and the audience clearly felt it too despite it spanning only 5 minutes as evidenced by the abundance of tissues during the aftermath of the movie.
We were also treated to a sumptuous buffet and a photobooth was also stationed nearby making the night a movie night to remember.
In addition to the major film categories, GIFF also launches 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.
The grand finals will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 21, 2016 with cash prizes of US$30,000 and US$15,000 to be awarded to the grand winner and runner-up respectively. 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.
To find out more about The 5-min Video Challenge, visit http://www.the5minvideo.com.