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Online films and their creators recognized in first GIFF awards

By Pauline Songco, Staff Writer

Globe Studios, the content production arm of telecommunications giant Globe, honored the country’s most promising filmmakers during the Globe Independent Film Festival (GIFF) awards night held on April 6 at the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City.
GIFF, the Philippines’ first online film festival launched in late 2016, is Globe’s first venture into the cinema industry.
Aside from maximizing the platform to reach broader audiences, the festival aims to recognize the people behind the cameras who made the film entirely possible.
“Tonight, we’re here to celebrate the people behind each movie — celebrating everyone who actually delivers their own contribution to make every film a reality, into one final artwork, hoping to entertain the viewers. Just imagine the amount of work it takes to make movies. That’s why everyone who dreams to be a film creator deserves a round of applause,” said Jil Go, head of content for Globe, during the awards night.  
With over 200 entries and six major categories, GIFF recognized Nothing Too Supreme by Felman Hernandez as the winner for the Documentary category; Isda by Mark Glenn Doroja for the Experimental category; Lakas ng Lahi by Arnold Arre and Emil Flores for the Animation category; Dota Dad by Karlo Policarpio for the Webisodes category; All Your Algorithms by Alec Figuracion for the Narrative category; and BP Valenzuela’s Building Too by Christine Joyce Silva won the Music Video category.
Penafrancia by Gab Mesina won the special Audience Choice Award for his work, which gathered the most number of views online, both from YouTube and the Globe Studios website. All entries were evaluated by experts from the entertainment industry, namely, acclaimed film director Antoinette Jadaone, film critic Philbert Dy, TV commercial director Sid Maderazo and TV personality Bianca Gonzalez.
At the event, Globe also launched its anti-piracy campaign #PlayItRight. “As Globe, the purveyor of digital lifestyle and entertainment, we believe we have the responsibility to remind people to respect the hard work of each content creator. And today we all know that piracy is very rampant. We need to make people realize that piracy impacts the lives of people and their families,” Go said. “We need to send a message to the public to use digital the right way.”
“Globe Studios’ GIFF Awards Night definitely proved how we gave our brand a whole new way of bringing wonderful entertainment to our customers,” said Quark Henares, Globe Studios director. “With the event, our vision for Globe Studios has been realized — to advocate local talent and eventually collaborate with them for content. GIFF has allowed us to fuel creativity among filmmakers and we are very proud of these entries that brought these amazing films closer to every Filipino.”

All of the finalists’ entries are available for viewing at Globe Telecom’s YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/globeph and www.GlobeStudios.ph.

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