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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

CINEMALAYA Announces 2019 Jury Members, NETPAC Jurors


WHO will take home the coveted awards in this year's edition of Cinemalaya?

These tough decisions lie at the hands of those who constitute the jury of this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, slated on August 2 to 11, 2019, at the CCP venues and August 7 to 13, at selected Ayala Malls and Vista Malls.

Leading the jury who will be judging the main competition entries is Dr. Andreas Ungerböck.  Born in 1960 in Thomasberg, Austria, Dr. Ungerböck has a degree in theatre, film and journalism studies at the University of Vienna, with doctorate thesis on the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

In 1997, he directed a short documentary about Hong Kong cinema before the handover, which was aired on German-French Arte Channel.  He has curated several retrospectives of Asian Cinema including Hong Kong in Motion (1990, 1991, 1995), Taipei Stories (1996), Korean Cinema (1998), Cinema Asia (2003), China Now (2004), Asia 3D (2013).  From 1994 to 2002, he was the catalogue editor for the Viennale Film Festival.

A freelance journalist since 1987, he was connected to selected publications such as 2006 Spike Lee (Co-editor), 2009 Ang Lee (Co-editor), 2012 Real America (Co-editor), Josef Hader, Filme und mehr (2017).  Currently, he is the co-publisher of ray, Austria’s second largest film magazine which deals with mainstream cinema and strongly focuses on arthouse movies, TV series, DVD and blu-ray releases, film books and soundtracks.  It is a part of Austria’s film culture and thus deals extensively with Austrian film politics, subsidy system and festival landscape.

Joining him on the jury panel is Korean director PARK Kiyong.  After graduating from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) in 1987, director Park has worked on various film projects as producer and director.  Films he produced include “To the Starry Island,” directed by PARK Kwang-su in 1993, which was the first Korean co-production with Channel Four TV, a European company; and “Cinema on the Road,” directed by JANG Sun-woo in 1995, the Korean episode for BFI's The Century of Cinema series.  In 2000, he also produced “JANG Sun-woo Variations,” a documentary about a controversial Korean director JANG Sun-Woo by a prominent British film critic Tony Rayns.

His films as a writer and director are: “Motel Cactus (1997)” and “Camels (2001),” which have won numerous awards including the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival and the Grand Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival. His other films include: “Tears of Mokpo” (2019); “Noli Timere” (an official film of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games); “Old Love” (2017), among others.

Another member of the jury is Filipino director Keith Sicat.  He is the man behind notable cinematic works such as “Rigodon,” “Woman of the Ruins,” and “Himala Ngayon,” a documentary on the making of the Nora Aunor classic film directed by National Artist for Cinema Ishmael Bernal.  His latest directorial work is “Alimuom,” a sci-fi film which won 3rd Best Picture at the ToFarm Film Festival and garnered two FAMAS Nominations.

Working professionally as a documentary TV editor and producer in New York City early in his career, director Sicat branched out to feature length documentaries and narrative feature films.  Working in animation, he was the story consult for the first computer generated animated feature film “RPG: Metanoia” and headed the development team for the first Tagalog language Japanese anime co-production “Barangay 143” with TV Asahi.

Filipino director Dwein Baltazar joins the board.  Stylist-turned-filmmaker Baltazar began her career in 2008, styling for independent films.  In 2012, she made her directorial debut in “Mamay Umeng,” which was produced through a film grant from Cinema One Originals and took home the Best Picture at the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival.  She also directed two of the most celebrated films in 2018 - “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus,” and “Oda Sa Wala,” both have won awards here and abroad.  This year, Baltazar made waves in the digital platform with her 7-episode mini-series “Past, Present, Perfect.”  Baltazar is currently writing her fourth film, to be produced by Black Sheep.

Completing the jury is Filipino director Mes de Guzman.  His film “Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa (Of Skies and Earth)” won the Best Picture and Best Director at the Cinemanila 2011, while his film “Diablo” bagged the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Asian Film (NETPAC Award) at the Cinemalaya 2012.  His latest Cinemalaya entry was “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha,” starring actress Sharon Cuneta, in 2017.

His other films included: “Nora Aunor’s Ang Kwento ni Mabuti,” “Sitio,” and “The Road to Kalimugtong,” bagged the Altadis New Director’s Prize at the 2006 San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), two Best Picture awards from the Golden Screen Awards and the Festival De Cine De Los Pueblos Del Sur in Venezuela, South America. His short film “Batang Trapo” won the L’Etoile (Golden Star) Grand Prize for Short Film at the Festival International Du Film de Marrakech in Morocco, as well as Best Short Film at the Gawad Urian Awards, 1st Prize and Best Short Film for Children at the Gawad CCP for Film and Video and the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema, Cinemanila International Film Festival.

Film advocate Indu Shrikent, filmmakers Kan Lume and Jerrold Tarog will be the NETPAC Jury members.

Ms. Shrikent will be the chairperson of the NETPAC jury.  Born in 1948 in New Delhi, India, she started her film journey in 1993 when she joined Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly, a journal devoted to Asian cinema, where she became the deputy editor.  For over two decades Indu has written articles on films, filmmakers and film festivals.

A founding members of the NETPAC Indian chapter, Indu Shrikent promoted Asian cinema extensively in India by organizing film appreciation courses, screenplay workshops, and holding film weeks, culminating with the launch of the Cinefan Festival on Asian Cinema in New Delhi in 1999.  She was co-director of the Cinefan Film Festival since its inception in 1999 and contributed to the steady growth of the festival in both the number of films as well as audience.  In 2012 she became the Festival Director of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.

Indu started the Hello Cinema film club in 2013 to promote meaningful cinema.  She was invited as director programmes for organizing the 19th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in 2014.  Presently, Indu is working in Osianama Film Archive and Research Center.  Her area of research is Asian Cinema.

Kan Lumé is a multi-award winning filmmaker who received his degree in film and television from Bond University in Australia, with a double major in Film.  Besides being one of the most prolific filmmakers in Singapore, he has taught film in prestigious film schools such as NYU Tisch Asia, School of Audio Engineering, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Makassar SEA Screen Academy.  He is an associate artist at Substation Home of the Arts, and has received commissions for his work from the Embassy of Germany in Singapore, The National Gallery of Singapore and the Asian Film Archive.

His debut feature film "The Art of Flirting" won Best ASEAN Feature at Malaysian Video Awards 2005.  His second film "Solos" bagged the Best Newcomer Award at Torino GLBT Film Festival.  His third film "Dreams from the Third World" received the MovieMax Award at Cinema Digital Seoul 2008.  "Liberta" picked up Special Mention at Cinema Digital Seoul 2012 and the NETPAC Award at Tripoli Film Festival 2013.  "The Naked DJ" earned Kan his second NETPAC award for Best Asian Film at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2014.  His latest film "If This Is My Story" received Best Actor at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2018.

Director Jerrold Tarog, meanwhile, was the man behind the box office hit “Heneral Luna” and its sequel “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.”  His films for Cinemalaya include “Mangatyanan” (2009), the short film “Faculty” (2010), and “Sana Dati” (2013).  He is currently working on the superhero film “Darna,” produced by Star Cinema.

Friday, August 2, 2019

CCP International Choral Competition Winners Announced



THE 4th edition of the Andrea O. Veneracion (AOV) International Choral Festival on July 18-21, 2019 and the 1stAsia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) on July 21, 2019 held its joint Closing and Awarding Ceremonies with the announcement of the winners at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on July 21, 2019 at 9:30 PM.

The competition winners were announced by Mark Anthony Carpio, the Asian member of the jury.  The Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival winners are as follows:  Mixed Choir Category – 1stPrize: FEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 2nd Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor; 3rd Prize: Chorus Vocales Philippines, Renier Aguilar, conductor.  Equal Voices Category – 1stPrize: Don Bosco Makati-Boscorale, Alvin B. Paulin, conductor; 2ndPrize: Miriam College High School Glee Club, Anthony Go Villanueva,conductor; 3rd Prize: St. Paul College Pasig High School Chorale, Shiela Marie B. Fetalvero,conductor.  Folk Song Category – 1st Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor;2nd PrizeFEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 3rd Prize: Chor Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocences (Poland), Anna Bramska,conductor

Besides certificates and cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winning choirs, the first prize winners of each category were awarded a trophy - a CCP commissioned sculpture inspired by the sound of a conch shell and a bird song  made of stoneware clay by CCP by 13 Artists Awardee for the year 2000, Katti Sta. Ana.

The University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble (UPLBCE) was proclaimed winner of the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix.  The only Filipino choir among six competing choirs, the UPLBCE represented the 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.  The UPLBCE bested five other choirs from Indonesia: the St. Louis High School Choir from Surabaya and the Vocalista Harmonic Choir ISI from Yogyakarta representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Singapore International Choral Festival, respectively; the E Deum Voice from  Medan and the Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Padjadjaran from Bandung representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Bali International Choir Festival, respectively; and the Brawijaya University Student Choir from Malang representing the other 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.

The UPLBCE was awarded a cash prize of US$6,000, a certificate and a trophy - a CCP newly commissioned   sculpture by multimedia artist Toym Imao made of pounded brass and carved wood entitled “Kilapsaw”, representing a vessel in which sound is produced.

The jury, representing five continents were composed of Jason Max Ferdinand from the USA, Digna Guerra from Cuba, Werner Pfaff from Germany, David Squire from New Zealand and Mark Anthony Carpio from the Philippines. 

The Asia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) is a competition of the two top 2017 and 2018 winners of the Andrea O. Veneracion Festival, the Bali International Choir Festival and the Singapore International Choral Festival.  The ACGP is the fruition of two years of preparation which started with meetings initiated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the organizers of the two Festivals as early as July 2017.  Present during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies were the Directors of the said Festivals, including the Artistic Director of the new ACGP festival member the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod who was introduced to the audience.

The FEU Chorale and the Don Bosco Makati – Boscorale were the two choir winners chosen by the jury to represent the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral in the 2nd Asia Choral Grand Prix to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2021.  The biennial Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was organized in 2013.  The AOV International Choral Festival and the Asia Choral Grand Prix were supported by the Tourism Promotions Board.

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