Filipino-Canadian filmmaker, Christian Lat, is no stranger to Viddsee Juree Awards. His film ‘Redlights’ received the Silver award in the 2017 edition of the short film competition.
The accomplished filmmaker has had works featured in local and international film festivals such as the Metro Manila Film Festival, Los Angeles Short Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.
The filmmaking mentor at the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu shares more on ‘Ginhawa’, his Viddsee Juree Philippines 2018 finalist film.
A scene from ‘Ginhawa’ featuring young actor Shun Bacalla (Ping)
Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your team!
This was an exciting project for me because I was away in Canada for almost a year and I hadn’t seen some of my old friends for a while. I was in Cebu when I heard about a film competition, so I contacted and reunited with some film school friends, who were coincidentally available. The rest is history.
Q2. What is the inspiration behind this short film?
A fond memory of mine is sitting by the television watching Manny Pacquiao fights alongside my grandfather. Growing up as a Filipino I’ve always had an admiration for boxing. So I decided to finally give it a shot and get in the ring, unconsciously discovering a new passion of mine. Later on, I heard about a particular film competition and thought, “why not make a movie about boxing?”
Christian Lat also acted in this short film as the older Anton
Q3. Could you share with us what your main challenges were in putting this together, and how did you overcome them?
The only time we had a chance to shoot the film was 3 days before the deadline submission for the film festival. Unfortunately, my executive producer backed out then.
My team and I still decided to push through because we believed in the story and that it deserved to be told. So, my brother Dominic (cinematographer) and I stayed awake for 40 hours straight to prep, from the pre-production, rehearsals and up to the shoot.
We shot on a 4.6k image sensor digital camera and it was a constant struggle to export and edit the files to my old laptop, which was constantly crashing.
Christian is one of the ten finalists of the Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines competition, a filmmaker community initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia. Check out the rest here.