Projects

Cannes Docs

MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020
14:30 1h15

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Marché du FIlm Online

HOLY CRAFT

Directed by: Joseph Mangat

Produced by: Alemberg ANG (vy/ac Productions, Philippines)

Country of production: Philippines, USA

Runtime: 77'

Expected release: November 2020

Budget: € 238,000 (85% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 1st feature

Looking for: Festival, sales agents, distributor

Synopsis:

Holy Craft examines the peculiarities of religion, labor, capital and gender all intersecting at a Catholic figurines factory in the Philippines, where devout LGBTQ workers and outcasts pray to the same items they make. The film goes beyond the critique of the business of religion by focusing on the people behind the scenes and how they live and work within the absurdity of it all.

Director’s profile: 

Joseph Mangat is a Filipino filmmaker based in Brooklyn and Manila. His narrative and documentary shorts have garnered awards and screened at various international festivals. Mentored by acclaimed French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin He holds a BA in Visual Arts at UCSD and an MA in TV, Film and New Media from SDSU where he graduated with honors while receiving the Student Emmy Award, Kathleen Kennedy Fellowship, Fotekem Scholarship and Focal Press Best Student Film Award. He has also worked for non-profit groups including Pacarts and Tribeca Film Institute. He was a recipient of Uniondocs and Rockefeller Editing fellowship and was on the Creative Capital 2014 On Our Radar List. In 2019 he was selected for the Film Development Council of the Philippines and First Cut Lab inaugural film development workshop and was selected to Berlinale Talents and Tokyo Filmex’s 2019 Talents Tokyo.

Cannes Docs

MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020
14:30 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

NOWHERE NEAR

Directed by: Miko Revereza

Produced by: Shireen Seno (Los Otros, Philippines)

Country of production: Philippines

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: January 2021

Budget: $123,000 (27% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 2nd feature

Looking for: Co-producers and sales agents for presales

Synopsis:

A poetic memoir exploring stateless identity through the lens of an exile returning to an estranged homeland. The film is an investigation into my family curse – a curse that followed us for generations, rooted in the soil of my grandmother’s province. My ancestors once ruled this land – a land still bearing the remnants of colonial violence – first from Spain, then America, then our own onto each other.

Director’s profile: 

Miko Revereza (b. 1988. Manila, Philippines) is an award-winning filmmaker raised in California and currently living in the Philippines. His upbringing as an undocumented immigrant in the United States informs many of his personal documentaries. DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017), NO DATA PLAN (2018), and DISTANCING (2019) have widely screened internationally at festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NYFF Projections, and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real. His works have been exhibited at institutions such as MoMA PS1, SF MoMA, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Whitechapel Gallery, and National Museum of Singapore. He is listed as Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, a 2019 Flaherty Seminar featured filmmaker and MFA graduate at Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.

Cannes Docs

MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020
14:30 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

REMNANTS OF A REVOLUTION

Directed by: Cha Escala

Produced by: Leizyl Badion (Hiraya Pictures, Philippines), Cha Escala (Philippines)

Country of production: Philippines

Runtime: 72'

Expected release: October 2020

Budget: USD100,000 (80% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 2nd feature

Looking for: Distribution, Sales, Festivals

Synopsis:

A founding member of the Communist Party of the Philippines is on the final days of his life when his son discovers his role in the dark period of the Party’s history. In the last phone call they would share, father and son tell each other everything that needs to be said.

Director’s profile: 

Cha Escala is a documentary film producer, director, videographer, and editor. One of her most recent works is “Dreaming of My Homeland,” a documentary that presents the struggles and challenges that indigenous children face after they were displaced by the armed conflicts in their region.
Her full-length film Nick and Chai (2014) which follows a couple who lost all their four kids to the Typhoon Haiyan competed in festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and Busan International Film Festival.

Cannes Docs

MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020
14:30 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

THE REMOTES

Directed by: John Torres

Produced by: John Torres (Los Otros Films, Philippines)

Country of production: Philippines

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: 2022

Budget: $220,000 (12% in place)

Looking for: Co-producers, financing partners, sales agents

Synopsis:

People are used as avatars by criminals through a driving app using phones so users learn not only to drive but also to rob and kill. We follow a police hunt for those who control peoples’ bodies using a phone driving app that simulates riding a motorcycle on actual roads. The Remotes is a film made up of behind-the-scenes footage of films made in the Philippines, repurposed to look like a fictional story.

Director’s profile: 

John is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer. He co-runs Los Otros, a Manila-based space, film lab, and platform committed to the intersections of film and art, with a focus on process over product. He directed and produced five feature films, including Todo Todo Teros (Dragons & Tigers Award, Vancouver IFF 2006; NETPAC/FICRESCI awards, Singapore IFF 2006), Years When I was a Child Outside (Berlinale Forum Expanded 2008), and Lukas The Strange (Art of the Real, Film at Lincoln Center, 2013). He has made more than a dozen short films, including, We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (Wavelengths, Toronto IFF 2019). He produced Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation (NETPAC award, Tiger Competition, Rotterdam 2018), a project that was developed through Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, Bangkok Produire au Sud, IFP, and Cinemart. A special focus of his works was shown in Viennale in 2013.