The Viddsee Juree Awards (‘Juree’) started in 2017 as a way to celebrate the best short films from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines through our online platform and events that bring together filmmakers, film lovers and other industry professionals. 

But when the COVID-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise, it was clear that things can’t go on the way it did. 

This year, Juree will take place entirely online, allowing us to keep everyone connected through online-focused film exhibitions, watch parties, insightful podcasts and awarding ceremonies.

While times have changed, our promise has not. We remain committed to growing a network of prestigious storytellers, supporting local film communities, and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers across Asia.

Prizes

Viddsee Filmmaker Gold Kit

Viddsee will present the Gold winner with the Viddsee Filmmaker Gold Kit. This includes a 13-inch Macbook Air, Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, a Gold Plaque, and exclusive Viddsee merchandise.

Viddsee Filmmaker Silver Kit

Viddsee will present the Silver winner with the Viddsee Filmmaker Silver Kit. This includes a Silver Plaque, Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, and exclusive Viddsee merchandise. 

Viddsee Filmmaker Finalist Kit

Viddsee will present the 10 finalists with Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription and finalist certificates. 

Viddsee Filmmaker Audience Choice Kit

Viddsee will present the Audience Choice Award winner with an Apple TV and Audience Choice certificate. 

More prizes to be announced later.

Judges

Mandy Marahimin

Mandy Marahimin started working in film as a publicist for the film “Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (What’s With Love?)”, which held the record for the highest grossed Indonesian film for 6 years, and catapulted many young actors and actresses into stardom. Since then, she has worked as a publicist, a line producer and a producer, before she decided to start her own production company in 2013, named Tanakhir Films.

With her current production company she has produced feature films, documentary films, and short films. In 2013, she was also invited to become a participant in Rotterdam Lab. She now has more than 10 films under her belt. One was the recent box-office hit “What’s with Love 2” that became the ninth highest grossed Indonesian films of all time. Her most recent production was a short documentary titled “A Man with 12 Wives” that aired in NHK World, and a feature documentary titled “Islands of Faith.” She is currently producing a feature documentary titled “One Big Sumba Family” and in development of a feature film from first time director Tumpal Tampubolon titled “Crocodile Tears.” In 2020, she was selected into Berlinale Talents.

She also works for Ideosource Entertainment, a venture capital that funds films as an investment analyst, and as the Outreach Director for Good Pitch South East Asia and Good Pitch Indonesia.

Jade Castro

Jade Castro is a director, writer, and producer in the Philippines. His directorial debut Endo about contractual workers in love won the Cinemalaya Grand Jury Prize and Gawad Urian Best Screenplay, and was in competition at The Festival of the Three Continents. His other films include the queer horror comedy Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings, which won Best Asian Film at the Neuchatel International Film Festival; the independent political satire Juana C: The Movie; and the romantic studio movies My Big Love, My Kontrabida Girl and My Lady Boss from Star Cinema and GMA Films, respectively. His latest film is the youth musical LSS (Last Song Syndrome), which had its world premier at the 2020 Osaka Asian Film Festival. He also directs for television and commercials.

As producer, his company ufo Pictures produced the films Sarong Banggi and The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, which won the Teddy Award at Berlin International Film Festival, while his other company Origin8 Media also markets and distributes films. They are the Philippine distributor of Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo, John Sayles’ Amigo, and Lav Diaz’s Norte The End of History, among others. He produced the short films Contestant #4 by 17-year old directors Jared Joven and Kaj Palanca, which won Best Film at the Shanghai Queer Film Festival, and Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa, which premiered at QCinema International Film Festival. He is currently producing Petersen Vargas’ second feature, Some Nights I Feel Like Walking, which won SEAFIC award at Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab and will participate at 2020 Cannes Cinefondation Atelier.

Jade Castro is also a creative consultant who has helped young and first-time Filipino filmmakers realize their early works, including Siege Ledesma’s Shift, Miko Livelo’s Blue Bustamante, Petersen Vargas’ Lisyun Qng Geografia and 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten, Samantha Lee’s Baka Bukas, Kip Oebanda’s Bar Boys and Liway, and Rayn Brizuela’s Asuang – all award-winners. 

As writer, his screenplays include the Filipino fan favorites My Amnesia Girl, First Day High, and the animated film RPG Metanoia. Castro is also a published critic, instructor, and script reader. He teaches basic film directing at Asia Pacific Film Institute and Meridian International College. He grew up in the province of Cavite and graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines.

Eseel Borlasa

Eseel Borlasa has over a decade of outreach and PR experience in film and music. Her work reflects an intersection of community engagement, crafted social media presence, and in-depth press coverage. Eseel has executed film festival campaigns at Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, LA Film Festival and more. She also specializes in theatrical and broadcast premieres. 

Previous After Bruce clients include: Almost There (Dirs.: Dan Rybicky, Aaron Wickenden), The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Dir.: Stanley Nelson), Fursonas (Dir.: Dominic Rodriguez), Hawaii International Film Festival, The Rise And Fall Of The Brown Buffalo (Dir.:Phillip Rodriguez), and Out Of State (Dir.: Ciara Lacy), and the Slamdance Film Festival. 

Eseel is also part of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, produced by Visual Communications (VC) - the first non-profit organization in the US dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts. There, with VC and Form follows function, Eseel produced two 360-degree video short documentaries: Walking With Grace and Bronze, Brass, Jazz. She is currently the Operations Director and a Senior Programmer for the upcoming 2020 festival.

General Guidelines

  • Films must be completed after 1st January 2018 till present
  • To join this competition, you are required to submit your film entry from 20th May 2020 onwards
  • Film submission deadline: 30 June 2020
  • 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
  • Film(s) does not infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or intellectual property rights, including any music-related rights, is not defamatory or indecent, does not violate any applicable law or regulation (that is, is not illegal), or does not otherwise violate any rights of any person or entity. In particular, we stress that plagiarism, copying, and blatant infringement of the intellectual property and other rights of others is not acceptable. For royalty-free songs, check out this resource: https://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/free-music-for-filmmakers

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


Open Submission
Submission Closes
Film Selection
In/Out Competition Announcement & Films Released
Jury Selection
Audience Choice Award Voting
Awards

Submissions Guidelines

Preferred File Format


Submitting Your Film

Here are the few steps to submit your film:

  1. Go to creator.viddsee.com
  2. Sign up for a Viddsee Creator account using your Facebook or email account
  3. Fill up your personal details to complete the film license agreement
  4. Click on the button Add a new film to start uploading your film
  5. Indicate JureePH2020 in the “Referral code” field box
  6. Submit your film to Viddsee for curation. We will get back to you on the status of your film submission!


Overall Process

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 starting July 30, 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.

Supporting Partners