Saturday, July 10, 2021

‘Dancing the Tides,’ 33 Filipino Companies Participate in Cannes Lab, Online Film Market


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One regional film project and 33 production companies, institutions, and organizations comprise the Philippine representation at the La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut français and Marché du Film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.


Established in 1959 during the 13th edition of the Festival de Cannes, the Marché du Film is the business side of the festival where film industry professionals gather to discover new film projects and gain experience from one of the biggest film markets in the world.


While the Marché du Film this year will have its onsite events as well, its online platform will cater the same experience in Cannes with live and real-time meetings to facilitate business and networking for film industry professionals from all over the world. For this year’s edition, the Philippines’ total of 37 individual delegates come from the Producers Network and Filipino Film Producers.


The Philippine delegates are from Atom & Anne Mediaworks Corp., Chimera Visions, Creative Caboose, Digital Dreams Inc., Globe Studios, IndieGo Pictures Entertainment Inc., Rein Entertainment Productions, and RR Entertainment.


Completing the list of participating companies are ABS-CBN Film Productions, Amaya Films, Animation Vertigo Asia, Inc., Binisaya Movement Inc., Cignal TV Inc., Daluyong Studios, Eichief Media/HFilms, Epicmedia Productions Inc., ERK Productions, Filcor Media and Events Production, Firestarters, Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc., Heartleaf Film Production, Heaven's Best Entertainment, IRONoriel Productions, Ladder Production Films, Lakan Media Creatives, Mandala Video and Event Productions, Micromedia Digital Video Productions, QCinema, Reelabilities Studios, Sine Abreno, Ursa Studios Inc., UXS Inc., and Vineyard Films.


The delegates will be given access to online events and programs, Marché du Film Online booths and screenings, pavilions and participants’ information, online networking events to meet potential business partners, a 1-year free subscription to Cinando, and a  feature of their company profiles in the Marché du Film publication. The producers at the Producers Network will have access to Producers Network Programs and Meetings. The Marché du Film runs from July 6 to 15 in a hybrid format, while the 74th season of Festival de Cannes is from July 6 to 17 onsite.


“Over the years, the prestigious film market in Cannes has made international partnerships and collaborations available for our filmmakers. This year, regardless of the market being held online, it will continue to provide the same opportunities and experience that will greatly benefit our filmmakers in the industry,” said Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.


Meanwhile, “Dancing the Tides” by Xeph Suarez is representing the country in the 2021 edition of La Fabrique, a film lab of the Cannes Film Festival. Suarez’s first feature film is about a Muslim transwoman named Astri, who is living in bliss with her boyfriend Tambulah in their conservative community. As Astri turns 16, her father reminds her that as a “man,” she must honor their tradition by marrying the girl betrothed to Astri.


In 2019, the film project was among the participants in the FDCP’s 1st Southern Voices Film Lab (SoVo Lab) where it received a development fund worth PHP 100,000. In the same year, the project was selected for the First Cut Lab Manila that was also supported by the Agency.


Suarez was a delegate to the 2019 Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) and the following year, “Dancing the Tides” was selected for the Pustnik Screenwriters Residency 2020 and Ties That Bind 2020. At the 2021 SoVo Lab Awarding Ceremony in June, it received the Special Jury Prize with a Co-Production Grant worth PHP 500,000.


From July 6 to 17, “Dancing the Tides,” alongside nine other chosen projects, will take part in the film lab, a tailored program to help talented young directors from emerging countries increase their international exposure to create links with various partners.


The Cannes Docs under Marché du Film invited Daang Dokyu Festival Director Baby Ruth Villarama as a guest speaker for the event “Connecting the Dots: Asian documentaries and their home ground windows” to be held on July 8, while Suarez and producer Alemberg Ang will be part of the pitching session at La Fabrique Cinéma 2021 on July 11 to highlight on Coprocity partnership.


For more information on the Marché du Film, visit For the participating Filipino film project in La Fabrique, visit



The Philippine Delegation in the Marché du Film Online:


Producers at Producers Network


      Atom & Anne Mediaworks Corp. - Anne Prado-Magadia, President

      Chimera Visions - Marvin Lyndon Carmelo Matias, Creative Producer / Director

      Creative Caboose - Kim Homer Garcia, Producer

      Digital Dreams Inc. - Danzen Katanyag, President and Producer

      Globe Studios - Pauline Zamora, Producer

      IndieGo Pictures Entertainment Inc. - Vincent Soberano, Director and Producer

      Rein Entertainment Productions - Charmaine Guzman, Producer

      RR Entertainment- Rommel Ricafort, Owner



Filipino Film Producers


      ABS-CBN Film Productions -  John Paul Abellera, Creative Manager - International

      Amaya Films - Clint Taynan, Manager

      Animation Vertigo Asia, Inc. - Cris Dumlao, Animation Producer

      Binisaya Movement Inc - Gale Osorio, Producer

      Cignal TV Inc. - Aileen Samson, AVP-Syndication and Affiliate Sales Head

      Daluyong Studios - Alemberg Ang, President

      Eichief Media/HFilms - Howard Yambao, Managing Director

      Epicmedia Productions Inc. - April Batican, Producer/ Line Producer

      ERK Productions - Robert Rodriguez, Producer

      Filcor Media and Events Production  - Alan Filoteo, CEO

      Firestarters - Real Florido, Chief Creative Officer

      Freelance Commercial/Content Director and Filmmaker -  Jose Carlos Soliongco

      Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. - Maricel Ticar Santos, Executive Producer

      Globe Studios - Armi Rae Cacanindin, Producer

      Heartleaf Film Production, Carl Adrian Chavez

      Heaven's Best Entertainment - Harlene Bautista, President

      IRONoriel Productions - Noriel Jarito, Producer/Director

      Ladder Production Films - Andy Denson, Founder, CEO

      Lakan Media Creatives - Maria Lourdes Jimenez, Producer

      Mandala Video and Event Productions - Johanna Kirsten Lagman, Owner/Producer

      Micromedia Digital Video Productions - Keisha Therese Halili, Co-Founder

      QCinema - Ed Lejano, Festival Director

      Reelabilities Studios - Alex Poblete, Producer

      Sine Abreno - Dexter Macaraeg, Founder

      Ursa Studios Inc. - Suzanne Richiardone , Producer

      UXS Inc - Maria Madonna Tarrayo Bueno, President/CEO

      UXS Inc. - Grace Quisas, Producer

      UXS Inc. - Noemi Peji, Producer

      Vineyard Films - Raymark Estael, Director

Spanish LGTBI+ short film series at Instituto Cervantes

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During the month of July, Instituto Cervantes Vimeo channel will host the short-film series “Te estoy amando locamente" (Falling in love with you madly), featuring eight different LGTBI+ stories by various Spanish filmmakers.

This film cycle presents personal stories, reflections, and testimonies that direct our gaze towards underrepresented realities in the cinema —and, one might say, in all artistic manifestations—: these are stories that deal, especially, but not only, with gender identity, homosexual love and transsexuality.

The series will kick off on July 7, Wednesday, with the screening of the 10-minute documentary "Una dedicatoria a lo bestia", released in 2019 by Nucbeade. A shocking documentary, it is a testimony about a little-known rehabilitation center for women between 13 and 21 years old that was in operation in a town near Madrid for four long decades. 

The short film will be available for 48 hours through this link: The film series will continue on July 10 & 11, with Después también (2019), by Carla Simón, a short film about HIV. The movie will be accessible through this link:

The following week, Instituto Cervantes will stream two more short films: On July 14 & 15, "Su", a complex story about love and life, directed by Laia Foguet in 2019 (link to the movie: On July 17 & 18, the award-winning short film "Víctor XX" (Ian de la Rosa, 2015) will take us to the barren and sunny landscapes of the Almeria coast to show a pleasant and absorbing story about the search for one's own sexual identity, the incomprehension of the others and the edginess that the final decision would cause. The movie will be accessible through this link:

The third week of the cycle will feature Cantando en las azoteas (Enric Ribes, 2017), a portrait of the 90-year-old Barcelona drag queen Gilda Love, accessible on July 21 & 22 through the link On July 24 & 25 the Chilean directors Felipe Elgueta and Ananké Pereira will present their short film Snap (2018). The documentary will be accessible through this link:

The final week of the film cycle will open with the short movie Alma (2018), directed by Santiago León Cuéllar in 2018. It will be available on July 28 & 29 through the link "El cuerpo de la mujer sin sombra" (Tamara García Iglesias, 2021) will conclude the film cycle on July 31. The short film will be accessible through this link:

The movies, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the cinematographic distributor Marvin & Wayne, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information and updates on this film series, please check out Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook site ( or the event page:

For further information about the cultural program of Instituto Cervantes please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ website (, or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page

Daniel Padilla Starrer ‘Kun Maupay Man It Panahon’ Gets World Premiere in Prestigious Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland

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Carlo Francisco Manatad’s first feature film “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether the Weather is Fine)” is part of the official selection of the 74th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, where it will have its world premiere in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present) section.


“Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” is the only competing film from the Philippines this year in Locarno, an A-List international film festival that provides a platform for auteur cinema. The Cineasti del Presente section for first or second feature films by emerging global talents will bestow the traditional Pardo d’oro and award for directing as well as prizes for Best Actor and Best Actress.


Starring Daniel Padilla, Rans Rifol, and Charo Santos-Concio, the drama on the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City, Leyte was filmed in the Waray dialect.


In the aftermath of Yolanda in November 2013, Miguel (Padilla) roams the ruins in search of the two women in his life: his friend Andrea (Rifol) and mother Norma (Santos-Concio). Miguel is determined to flee to the big city before another storm approaches.


“Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” is written by Manatad, who hails from Tacloban, together with Giancarlo Abrahan V and Jérémie Dubois. Its producers are Josabeth Alonso, Vincent Wang, and Armi Rae Cacanindin who remarked, “After seven years, finally, we’ve come to this!”

In 2019, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) selected “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” for the FDCP Project Market while in 2021, the FDCP’s FilmPhilippines Office named it as a recipient of the International Co-production Fund (ICOF) worth PHP 2.5 million.


“We are tremendously proud of the journey of ‘Kun Maupay Man It Panahon,’ which is a milestone in Philippine regional cinema. FDCP is honored to have supported Carlo Francisco Manatad’s journey from the development and production of this project until now when it’s ready to be shown to the world. We thank Locarno for giving it a world premiere and express our heartfelt gratitude to all international film labs, programs, and organizations for believing in and extending support to a Filipino regional film,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.


The production companies behind “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” are Cinematografica, planc., iWantTFC, Globe Studios, Black Sheep, Quantum Films, and CMB Films from the Philippines, House on Fire from France, AAND Company from Singapore, KawanKawan Media from Indonesia, and Weydemann Bros. from Germany.


It was also selected at Sorfund Pitching Forum, Talents Tokyo, Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier, and Hanoi Project Market and was developed at La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, Torino Film Lab Feature Lab 360, Semaine de la Critique Next Step, and EAVE Ties that Bind.


It has also received support from Aide aux cinemas du monde managed by the Centre national du cinema et de l’image animee and Institut francais, Torino Film Lab | Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Brot fur die welt - Bread for the World Protestant development service, Visions Sud Est supported by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Doha Film Institute, Asian Cinema Fund for Script Development, Talents Tokyo Next Masters Support Program, and Berlinale World Cinema Fund, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and with further support by the Goethe-Institut.


The “Kun Maupay Man It Panahon” co-producers are Ling Tiong, Yulia Evina Bhara, Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie, Jakob D. Weydemann, and Jonas Weydemann while the executive producers are Carlo Katigbak, Cory Vidanes, Roldeo Endrinal, Jamie Lopez, Ginny Monteagudo-Ocampo, Olivia Lamasan, Quark Henares, Jan Pineda, Alonso, Cacanindin, and Arleen Cuevas.


Other members of the team are Patricia Sumagui (line producer), Lim Teck Siang (director of photography), Whammy Alcazaren (production Designer), Benjo Ferrer III (editor), Andrew Florentino (music), Roman Dymny (sound design), Sam Manacsa (art director), and Thesa Tang (wardrobe).


The Locarno Film Festival, to be held from August 4 to 14, has been showcasing arthouse films since 1946. In 2015, Manatad’s short film “Junilyn Has” premiered in Locarno's Pardi di Domani section.


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