In 2016, the Globe International Film Festival broke new ground as the country’s first online platform for emerging and established filmmakers. Going by the very apt and chic shorthand .giff, this year it’s launching the Festival of New Cinema.
The festival will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 across different venues including Illumination Studio, Nova Gallery, Warehouse 8, and Black Market. Its aim to move contemporary film, video, and storytelling forward will be seen in its efforts to experiment and innovate these fields, as well as to harness local creative energy and make it accessible to a greater audience.
The first edition of the Festival of New Cinema focuses on the short film, which will be celebrated through installations, virtual reality, live audiovisual experiments, projections, and screenings of short films old and new.
Located across venues in Makati, the festival will hold screenings of the works of Hito Steyerl, Forensic Architecture, Ed Atkins, Charlotte Prodger, Takashi Makin, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose “The Anthem” can be seen all day at Nova Gallery, along with an exhibition of VR films on another floor.
There will also be “Experiential Cinema” at main venue Illumination Studio — AV collaborations combining vertical cinema by Annie Pacana, Mvltiverse, Dex Fernandez, Sublingua, Submachines, and Timmy Harn and live band performances by Baile, Big Hat Gang, Similarobjects, Tarsius, and Auspicious Family.
Illumination Studio will be home to talks with filmmakers: Armi Rae Cacanindin moderates a short film masterclass with JP Habac, Raymond Red, and Keith Deligero. A Zev Deans retrospective and masterclass will be moderated by Quark Henares, while a masterclass with Antoinette Jadaone will be moderated by Richard Bolisay.
There will also be showings of short films in Black Market. Carlo Manatad has curated a showcase of international films, including “Blessed Land” by Pham Ngoc Lan, “Exam” by Sonia Haddad, “She Runs” by Qiu Yang, “Set a Seal Upon Thine Heart” by Omer Tobi, and more. The local shorts program, meanwhile, will screen Raymond Red’s “Anino,” Raya Martin’s “Bakasyon,” Antoinette Jadaone’s “Saling Pusa,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Carpool,” Lav Diaz’ “Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas,” Kiri Dalena’s “Red Saga,” and Remton Siega Zuasola’s “Ritmo.”
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