To celebrate Filipino cinema, we invited budding filmmakers from the Philippines to submit their works for the Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines competition.
These ten hand-picked short films are in competition for the Gold and Silver Prize, to be named on 25 November at the Cinematheque Centre Manila:
Maybe Aliens feature two brothers who look up to the sky and beyond in coming to terms with the sudden death of their father and separation from their overseas working mother.
Intimate secrets come to light at a girls’ sleepover. Be prepared for an explosive reveal in Caterwaul.
A student with a dark secret finds unexpected comfort in a school toilet in Look Through, but there’s more than meets the eye in this dramatic thriller.
Three brothers quarrel over the care of their sick mother and rights of their ancestral home, and only a prayer can save them in Mother Of Perpetual Help.
Companion is one man’s search for happiness across beds and bars. It’s not until he meets a girl that he takes a risk to address his fears within.
Traumatised by the failure of her podcast, a fresh graduate retreats to the safety of her fantasyland until a second opportunity comes knocking. Find out if she grabs it in Lovely Is Off Air.
Home details a father’s ordeal to bury his son, who’s a victim of extrajudicial killings. It’s a compelling battle against grief, anger and injustice.
The seedy underbelly of Manila is the setting of Redlights, where this tale of an American tourist and his overly-helpful taxi driver plays out.
Hope comes alive in Slingshot as a boy finds the courage to rescue his crush from the school bullies.
*Aug 2018 note: Top 10 finalist, Christian Candelaria’s film ‘In His Island’ has been removed at the request of the filmmaker.
Watch more out-of-competition films at the Viddsee Juree Awards for Philippines channel here.