Short films, video art the focus of .giff Festival

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LOCAL PRODUCTION company Globe Studios is holding a two-day art fair for video art projections and independent short films. It will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in three venues in Makati City.

“The advent of 3D mapping and cutting edge digital projection combined with the popularity of online video platforms has once again brought short-form cinema to the forefront of global culture. However, while vlogs and influencer content abound, the true potential of the medium is hardly ever examined,” the release said.

The two-day event, called .giff Festival of Cinema, will feature five sections including vcinema.giff, a live showcase of vertical aspect ratio short films and audiovisual experiments.

Vcinema.giff will exhibit works by Japanese experimental filmmaker Takashi Makino including Deorbit (2013) alongside live video collaborations between video artists and electronic musicians like Tarsius, Auspicious Family, similarobjects, Big Hat Gang, and Baile. Visual works by Timmy Harn, Sublingua, submachines., Mvtiverse, Dex Fernandez, and Annie Pacana will also be on display.

The festival will also be holding two competitions: the National Short Film Competition which features “the best in animated, experimental, documentary, music, and narrative short”, and Vertical Cinema competition by OPPO Reno, a silent film competition with entries backed by a live score.

The competition films will be on view for two days at Black Market and Warehouse 8 in Makati. Awards will be given on Dec. 1 at Illumination Studio.

The judges for the competitions are film directors Antoinette Jadaone, Carlos Ledesma, and Treb Monteras, film critic Richard Bolisay, producer Bianca Balbuena, actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Globe Studios head Quark Henares.

Globe Studios is also doing a short film lab to “educate and guide the next generation of filmmakers through the first step of their cinematic journey,” a press release said.

Masterclasses featuring directors JP Habac, Raymond Red, Antoinette Jadaone, and American avant-garde director Zev Deans will be held on Dec. 1 at the Illumination Studio in Makati City,

The films.giff and art.giff sections will feature screenings and projections from local and international festival winning directors and artists such as Qiu Yang, Hito Stereyl, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ed Atkins, Forensic Architecture, and local art collectives namely 98B Scope, Lost Frames, and Los Otros.

A special directors showcase will also figure as part of the program, featuring Globe Studios-produced films like Carlo Manatad’s The Imminent Immanent (2018) and Eileen Cabiling’s short film Basurero (2019), which premiered in Busan International Film Festival, and Keith Deligero’s Ilawom sa Kahoy. The screenings will be held on Nov. 30 at the Illumination Studio.

The first day of the festival will end with a “progressive audio-visual, sensory party experience reminiscent of club parties in Europe and the United States,” said the release and will be headlined by Jakarta-based DEKADENZ.

For more information regarding the full schedule, visit the festival’s website at and its various social media pages. The .giff Festival of Cinema runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at Illumination Studios, Warehouse 8, and Black Market in Makati City. — ZBC