Viddsee Juree Awards (‘Juree’) is an annual industry pick award celebrating best short films from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In each edition, the countries’ brightest talents and storytellers submit their films to a panel of international judges, who will then handpick the winning entries. Viddsee amplifies the out-of-competition entries and finalists to our audience communities.
Juree is part of Viddsee’s commitment to grow a network of prestigious storytellers, to support local film communities, and to inspire a new generation of storytellers across Asia.
Viddsee Film Production Grant
Viddsee will present the Gold winner a grand prize of PHP160,000 as a Production Grant for the making of a short film. Viddsee will also offer the Silver winner PHP80,000 as a Production Grant. Both filmmakers will get to work closely with Viddsee Studios from idea creation to completion and distribution of this project on Viddsee's platform. The project is slated to complete within 12 months from the awarding date.
A 5-day Global Film & TV Program in LA
Motion Picture Association will offer the Gold winner a 5-day Global Film & TV Program in Los Angeles. The 5-day course includes a series of meetings, lectures and film events with production companies, agents, managers, entertainment lawyers, unions, guilds and film studios in Los Angeles, designed to provide an exclusive and informative introduction to the Hollywood film and television industry. The course will include a visit to the American Film Market, opportunities to present and pitch your projects to industry professionals, and network with other filmmakers from around the world. The Program will take place in late October/early November 2019.
Digital Cinema Camera + Lens Equipment Package Loan
The Gold winner will receive a 14-day loan for RED Digital Cinema camera equipment with a 14-day loan of ZEISS CP.3 Lenses - 5-Lens Set. The total equipment value is worth US$46,600. The Silver winner will receive a 14-day loan of RED Digital Cinema camera equipment with a 14-day loan of ZEISS Light Weight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm. The total equipment value is worth US$34,500. The validity period of the prizes above is 2 years from the Awarding Night.
Camera Support & Accessories Package Loan
Vitec will provide the Gold winner a 14-day loan for Sachtler tripod system and Litepanels LED products worth US$8,000. Vitec will provide the Silver winner a 14-day loan for Sachtler tripod system and Litepanels LED products worth US$5,000. The validity period of the prizes above is 2 years from the Awarding Night.
Creative Cloud Subscriptions
Adobe will offer 10 finalist filmmakers a 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription worth US$560 each.
Based in Los Angeles, Anderson Le diligently works in the global promotion of independent and world cinema as Artistic Director for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), now in its 39th year. In addition to his duties at HIFF, Le also serves as a programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presenting the latest works of Asian American and Asian International cinema to audiences in Southern California and as a programming consultant for the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, where he is in charge of the annual documentary sidebar. He joined the 2017 Singapore International Film Festival as a programming consultant. He is also a program consultant for Comcast, working in providing monthly content for Xfinity on Demand with a focus on Asian and Asian American content. Le is also a producer of several Vietnamese feature films including SAIGON ELECTRIC (2011), HOLLOW (2014), and BITCOIN HEIST (2016). He is a founding member of EAST Films with offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Los Angeles, USA with the intent to produce original content set in Southeast Asia.
Baby Ruth Villarama
Baby Ruth Villarama has been involved in international co-production specialising in socially-relevant films as a producer and film director. She started her career doing current-affair stories for ABS-CBN before she got commissioned to do international contents linking Europe and Asia through stories — with partners like AsiaWorks, NHK, EuroNews, NatGeo, In-Docs, Doc Society and others.
Baby Ruth earned her master’s degree in film marketing and distribution with commendation from Birmingham City University as a Chevening scholar, where she won the 2018 UK Global Alumni Social Impact Award for influencing to build arthouse cinemas in the Philippines based from her studies; as well as initiating conversations and policy improvements on modern-day slavery through her films. She is the director behind Sunday Beauty Queen, the first documentary that rose above a pool of narrative films in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival winning Best Picture.
She’s part of a team that puts up Voyage Studios and Film Producers Society, start-up organisations that champion young Filipino filmmakers to a wider network and in key international festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venize and others. Villarama is also a member of the cinema committee at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, a visiting lecturer at University of the Philippines Film Institute, and a board officer of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines.
Lucky Kuswandi is one of Indonesia’s most exciting young directors. His films have been screened in International festivals worldwide, receiving accolades, awards and distribution. The Wall Street Journal praises his work as “original and uncharted.”
His career started in 2006, when he was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, Germany. It is a forum for young, promising filmmakers. He was selected among more than 6000 applicants around the world. In 2008 he directed a documentary short MISS OR MRS? as part of the anthology AT STAKE. The documentary was screened in the prestigious Berlin Film Festival 2009.
In 2010 he directed his first full-length film MADAME X. The film was nominated for 2 Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in 2011, and won the Best Film Award at the Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival.
In 2014, Kuswandi released his second feature film, a love letter to Jakarta titled SELAMAT PAGI MALAM / IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SUN. The film won him the Best Director Award from the Indonesian Film Director's Club. The Straits Times praised the film, calling it “dripping with social commentary, the feature illustrates the contradictions that make up the rich mosaic that is one of Asia’s most populous cities.”
In 2015, Kuswandi’s latest short film, THE FOX EXPLOITS THE TIGER'S MIGHT, competed at the Cannes Film Festival in the Semaine de la Critique (Critic’s Week) Section. The film became the second Indonesian film ever screened in the section, and the first in 26 years. The film won Best Short Film & Best Director at the Silver Screen Awards in Singapore 2015. It also won Lucky his first Piala Citra Award for Best Short Film.
In 2017, Lucky released his third feature film, GALIH & RATNA, a remake of the infamous Indonesian film GITA CINTA DARI SMA.
Lucky also works as a film lecturer in Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, teaching film directing. He has served as jury for short film competitions, including the Piala Citra in 2016. He has given film talks and workshops in various events, including ones held by the Media Development Authority (MDA) Singapore and the Motion Pictures of Association (MPAA).
He currently works as creative director for the production company / new online cinema platform SLATE INDONESIA.
- Films must be completed after 1st January 2017 till present
- To join this competition, you are required to submit your film entry from 10th May 2019 onwards
- Film submission deadline: 15 July 2019
- Films can be released theatrically or available online (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo) prior to festival competition
- Films can be from all genres: fiction, documentary, animation
- Films can be presented in their original native language/dialect. Non-English language films are recommended to have English-language subtitles hard-burned in the video or provided in .srt format with the original copy (if you don’t have it, write to us)
- Viddsee does not accept works in progress or trailers
- Duration of films must be no longer than 30 minutes (including end credits)
- Films selected for Viddsee Juree showcase will be streamed online on Viddsee’s platform and they will not be allowed for a takedown for a period of two years
To qualify, the film must meet two of the three following standards:
- The Director is a current Philippines Resident or a Filipino Native
- The Executive Producer and/or Producer and/or Screenwriter must be a Filipino native or resident
- At least 70% of the film was shot in the Philippines
Select One Of The Following Methods in Submitting Your Film
After submitting your film, there will be a selection process by Viddsee’s curation team. After the selection is completed, we will send an email notification to the selected filmmakers. If your film is selected for Viddsee Juree, it will be screened online on viddsee.com platform on 24th July 2019, and added to a channel collection named “Viddsee Juree Philippines”. Out of these selected films, Viddsee’s curation team will select the top 10 films to further participate in the in-competition segment. The winning films from the in-competition segment will be chosen by the Jury.