The Viddsee Juree Awards Top Ten finalists have been announced.
Young filmmakers won Blackmagic cameras and a film course in L.A. at at the award ceremonies.

Fresh, innovative and inspiring stories have been chosen to vie for top honors at the Viddsee Juree Philippines, a festival of short films that aim to celebrate and support filmmaker communities in Asia.

The nominated films were by upcoming talents from different schools such as the University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Mint, College of St Benilde, Letran, and the International Academy of Film and Television. Their works were about families, personal struggles, and the realities in rural communities— a young boy's dream of becoming a mermaid, two brothers dealing with the loss of their parents shot entirely on a drone, a father battling grief and injustice after his son's death, and more moving stories.

Viddsee's head of content Nikki Loke comments: Themes from the top ten films highlight local cultures and nuances, while others reflect universal themes of mental health and identity, for example. Overall, I was very impressed with all the elements of storytelling like casting, cinematography, and script, supporting the authenticity of these stories.

The winners of the Viddsee Juree Awards were announced at a ceremony last Saturday, November 25, at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila. Viddsee also held a series of workshops, forums, and short film screenings at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde last 24 November, and at the Cinematheque from 24 to 26 November. All these were open to the public.

The initiative kicked off three months ago through an online campaign and offline roadshows in Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao where it received encouraging response from the creative community.

Two top entries were named Gold and Silver winners. They won production equipment including a cinema camera sponsored by Blackmagic and a five-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association.

For the nominees, landing on the shortlist was a prize in itself.

"There were some people who have criticised my work, which made me question my ability as a filmmaker. Being part of this competition made me more confident as a person and filmmaker, and that I have the chance to be recognized by a bigger audience, that I have a shot in this industry," says Tashana Rivera, director of the film Companion.

For Christian Candelaria, director of In His Island, being selected was also a tribute to those who helped him make his film. He declared, "I'm humbled and deeply proud to have the privilege of collaborating with such amazing and fine group of people who shared the same passion."

The jury is composed of Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int'l Fantastic Film Fest and Locarno's Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer and founder of YxineFF, and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film writer-director of blockbuster hits like That Thing Called Tadhana and Love You To The Stars and Back.

Viewers can see these films and other eligible out-of-competition films for free on

For more information on these events and the shortlisted films visit


About Viddsee Juree Awards
Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry's picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary, and animation. In this second edition of Viddsee Juree Awards, stories are picked from the brightest talents and upcoming filmmakers in the Philippines to be watched and judged by a panel of international judges. Each entry shortlisted for the competition will were watched by millions online and selected for film screenings around various cities in the Philippines. Juree is part of Viddsee's commitment to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.

About Viddsee
Founded in 2013, Viddsee is an online entertainment and technology platform that drives distribution and marketing of short movies. Its unique stories have generated over 1 billion views through Viddsee's mobile applications and platforms with its proprietary marketing insight of targeted communities and content. With the vision of building an ecosystem for creators and audience, Viddsee empowers storytellers to tell their very own local stories that resonate with a global audience. Visit to find out more.

About Film Development Council of the Philippines
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is an agency under the Office of the President mandated to promote and support the development and growth of the Philippine film Industry and is currently under the leadership of Chairperson Liza Diño. FDCP's goal is to create a thriving and self-sustaining Filipino film industry that contributes to the cultural and economic development of the country.


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