Let your film express what you stand for.
CineSpectra 2019: A Film Festival for HIV/AIDS Awareness has been created as a vehicle to foster a deeper, human rights-based understanding of HIV/AIDS and therefore a wider public appreciation of this epidemic not just as a public health issue, but in the context of the greater human experience, through film and/or A/V production/short films as well as to consistently foster film appreciation and film screening programs for audience development.
Cinespectra welcomes partnerships with Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), EON, LOVE YOURSELF and Directors' Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI).
As Filipinos, we rise to any challenge and transform struggle into opportunity. In a world plagued with issues like poverty, discrimination, and violence, we respond with creativity and ingenuity. In times of uncertainty, we spread messages of hope across a variety of channels.
No medium calls to attention the power of a message as vividly as film. Film has shocked us, touched us, amused us, thrilled us, and made us question our world. Film’s ability to bring messages to life and change perspectives is one of immense potential.
How can we use film to bring together arts and advocacy and move from the world we live in to the world we dream of?
Our answer is CineSpectra – a visual showcase of diverse stories which gives different voices in the community the opportunity to be heard. CineSpectra brings together the country’s filmmakers with a call-to-action: to produce and showcase films that will inspire Filipinos to come together and build a world of strength and resilience. To cast light on the issues which matter most in our world, and enable solutions which strengthen our communities for generations.
We invite you to CineSpectra and to join in our movement.
ABOUT THE 2019 THEME
The theme for this year’s CineSpectra is Your Judgement, Their Life. All films featured in this year’s CineSpectra will cast a spotlight on HIV and AIDS in the Philippines. While HIV and AIDS in the Philippines have received considerable attention in local and international news, the topic is still very difficult to discuss and confront for many Filipinos. As a result, those currently living with HIV - referred to as PLHIV - are stigmatized by society and rarely given platforms to share their stories.
In the name of advancing public discussions and breaking the stigma, CineSpectra 2019 will allow Filipinos to broaden their understanding of HIV and AIDS through films which push boundaries of common knowledge and empower the narratives of the Filipinos who are directly impacted. Through this holistic approach we aim to transform perceptions toward increased awareness, acceptance, and willingness to take action, no matter what one’s capacity may be.
This is the vision of CineSpectra 2019.
CineSpectra 2019: Guidelines for Entry
1. Entries to this year’s CineSpectra must focus on the theme of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.
2. Proposed concept entries must be in the form of narrative fiction. Animation entries are allowed. Submission of the script is encouraged, if a draft is available.
3. Experimental films and documentary films will not be accepted.
4. The total running time (TRT) of completed film output must not exceed 5 minutes, including the opening and closing credits of the film.
5. The rights of completed film output will belong to the proponent. However, LoveYourself, EON Foundation, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines reserve the right to screen entries in various events and platforms.
6. The completed film output must have its premiere during the CineSpectra Film Festival, to be held August 2019.
7. The use of original literary sources, music materials, and film footages must have proper clearance from their respective copyright owners before they can be used in the final output.
1. The competition is open to all filmmakers of Filipino citizenship, students and industry professionals are encouraged to participate from all regions.
2. Though this year’s CineSpectra will highlight HIV/AIDS narratives, it is not required that applicants identify as Persons Living With HIV (PLHIV). CineSpectra will not discriminate entries on the basis of the filmmaker’s gender, sexual orientation, status, or physical ability.
3. SEMI-FINALISTS will be selected from all proposed CONCEPT entries submitted. The semi-finalists will pitch their projects to the Selection Committee.
4. FINALISTS will be selected and will receive 70,000 PHP grant to make their project.
5. Important Schedule & Timeline
a. The SEMI-FINALISTS are required to attend workshops on topics relevant to the mission of CineSpectra. These workshops will help focus and adjust their concept in time for the Film Pitching:
- HIV/AIDS and SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Workshop and Basics of Film Pitching Workshop by Tanya Yuzon
- Semi-Finalist Film Pitching, Selection Committee Deliberation, and Finalists Announcement
b. The FINALISTS are also required to attend film labs that will guide them in the development of their film for the festival. The labs will be catered to the needs and experience of the Finalists. These labs are scheduled on the following dates:
- Film Lab 1 : Script Development & Film Production
- Film Lab 2 : Rough Cut: Film Editing & Post-Production
c. A short film production grant of P70,000.00 will be given to each of the short films chosen for the festival. Funding will be doled out in two (2) tranches to participants in alignment with film labs.