By Nikki Loke — 17.04.2018
On November 25, 2017, “Caterwaul,” a short film about two women talking intimately about their first sexual experience, took out the Gold Prize ahead of 9 other finalizes, at the 2017 edition of the Viddsee Juree Philippines short film awards.
The jurors described the film as “simple story with a universal message”.
“I was in shock. I saw the other films. They are all very good. Mine simply takes place in a room,” said the winning director, Josel Fajardo, a fourth year AB Communications student from Far Eastern University (FEU).
Fajardo said his idea for the film was based on personal experience. He said he heard the story from his female friend who knew a girlfriend who was gang-raped during a party. “My friend said the girl was drugged, raped, and thrown to the streets two days later. I was angry about what they did to the girl. That inspired me to make the film,” he said.
In the film, the woman narrates her first sexual experience as if it’s all pleasure. She is intimate with the other woman as if preparing for a close sexual encounter. But the woman later reveals that the man invites his male friends inside the room.
Fajardo won a five-day film immersion course scheduled for November 2018 in Los Angeles, with the support of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
Fajardo will attend a series of meetings, lectures, and film events with production companies and film studios in Los Angeles, experiencing an exclusive and informative introduction to the Hollywood film and television industry. Fajardo will also visit the American Film Market, where he will have the opportunity to present and pitch his film projects to industry professionals and network with other filmmakers from around the world.
In addition to the film immersion course, Fajardo won a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera EF worth USD$4,995, and received a RØDE NTG3 super-cardioid shotgun microphone, Boompole Pro, Blimp Wind Shield and Shock Mount System, PG2R Pistol Grip Shock Mount, and WS7 Deluxe Wind Shield.
Meanwhile, the Silver Prize went to Christian Lat’s “Red Lights”, about a taxi driver who chooses foreign passengers in the airport, befriends them, and later asks them for money.
“The film is timely and relevant, giving us new insights into the Philippines’ current social climate,’’ said the jurors.
Lat, a Filipino Canadian, won for himself a Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel worth USD$995. He also received a LaCie Portable Drive 1TB (Apple exclusive model) worth USD$149 and a RØDE VideoMac Pro+.
Viddsee Juree also gave a Special Mention Award to Glenn Barit for his short film “Aliens Ata”, about the mother in a Filipino family who works as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). It explores the alienation of OFW parents, that comes from long separations from their children and other relatives. It was cited by the jurors for its “creative and unique storytelling”.
Barit said he used flying drone cameras to capture scenes of a Filipino family biking and relaxing in a vast grass field.
The Gold and Silver winners as well as the other eight finalists will each receive a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud subscription worth USD$560. They will also be given a DCP conversion from Crowning Glory Post Production.
The three international jurors were Loïc Valceschini, a Swiss film writer for ScreenAnarchy and Film Exposure and film programmer; Marcus Manh Cuong Vu, a film programmer, producer, and critic from Ho Chi City, Vietnam; and Antoinette Jadaone, a Filipino writer and director who made “That Thing Called Tadhana,” one of the highest grossing Filipino independent films of all time.
The awards ceremony was held at Cinematheque Manila, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). Participating short films were featured on Viddsee.com and were judged by an international jury.
Viddsee Juree Awards is a competition that celebrates the best of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary, and animation. It highlights Viddsee’s commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. The winning films can be viewed here on Viddsee.com.
Viddsee awards, workshops, forums and screenings in the Philippines were made possible with the support of its partners – Adobe, Blackmagicdesign, CG Post, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, FDCP, Lacie Made for Big Ideas, Motion Picture Association, RØDE, and Seagate.
This was the second edition of Viddsee Juree in Asia. The first was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
With a passion for making real-life stories, Nikki Loke has directed & produced short documentaries in Japan and Vietnam during her curriculum in Media and Communication Studies. She went on to work on several projects at Beach House Pictures, Asia's independent production company specialising in factual, entertainment and children's content. Nikki now manages content programming at Viddsee and works closely with filmmakers & festival curators in showcasing awesome short films to a global community.