September 15, 2020 | 2:00PM-3:10PM
Session 6: Backstage Access: How Are Film Festivals Migrating Virtually?
The pandemic necessitated the cancellation of live events and physical mass gatherings across the world, film festivals and markets including the major festivals and the independent ones have initiated to migrate their programs virtually. Let’s analyze the transitions made from an actual live event to a virtual event from the process, changes, successes, noteworthy lessons learned, and the future of the Philippine film festivals from our very own local film festivals.
Madonna Tarrayo | Festival Director, Cine Filipino
Chris Millado | Vice President and Artistic Director, Cultural Center of the Philippines - Cinemalaya
Liza Diño | Chairperson & CEO, Film Development Council of the Philippines - Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Ed Lejano | Festival Director, QCinema International Film Festival
MARIA MADONNA G. TARRAYO,is the CEO and President of one of the top multi-media production houses in the country, UXS Inc Unitel/StraightShooters). She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a major in Broadcast Communications.
Before joining the advertising industry, she was a Producer/Writer in a TV network. She handled educational, news, public affairs and sports shows. In March 1994, Unitel tapped her to become one if it’s Production Managers and since then has risen the ranks from bring a Production Manager, to an Executive Producer to Client Services Head to General Manager to COO and now, President and CEO. She has led teams in both local and regional productions. At present, she is also the head of CPHG (Commercial Production Houses Group) and Chairman of ASAP (Advertising Suppliers Association of the Philippines.
CHRIS MILLADO assumed Festival Directorship of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in 2015. He is a board member of the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) under the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). He currently serves as the Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and oversees the artistic programs in the performing arts, literature, cinema, visual arts including the artistic season of the nine (9) resident companies. He recently led the Center in its shift to online programming during the lockdown
caused by the pandemic. Some of the Festivals he has curated include: the annual Pasinaya CCP Open House Festival, Rizalina Festival of Arts and Ideas, International Theater Festival, National Theater Festival, among others. An accomplished stage director and playwright, his works have been produced in Manila, San Francisco, Chicago, Hawaii, and New York (May-i Theater, Juilliard School). After graduating from the Theater Arts Program at the University of the Philippines, he earned a Masters degree in Performance Studies from New York University through a Fulbright Hays scholarship. He has taught courses in Theater Arts, Performance Studies, and Philippine Studies. He spearheaded the organization of Filipino-American theater companies in the US. He also served as Associate Artistic Director of the Tanghalang Pilipino. He has been a two-time recipient of the Rockefeller residency in Bellagio, Italy; a fellow to the Salzburg Global Seminar on the Performing Arts. He held a Fellowship with the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
Ed Lejano is the Festival Director of QCinema International Film Festival & currently heads the Quezon City Film Development Commission.
He is a senior faculty member & former Director of the University of the Philippines Film Institute where he completed his Master’s degree in Broadcast Communication. He completed his diploma course in Filmmaking from New York University (1996).
Other academic credentials include: former Academic Director of the International Academy of Film & TV & former Vice President for CILECT -Asia Pacific (2009-12).
As a member of NETPAC, he has been a jury member in various international film festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Singapore, Talinn, Vesoul, Istanbul, among others.
As a writer/director, he has 4 feature films to his credit, including QWERTY (2012) & Swipe (2017). He is also co-producer of some of the QCinema features to include: Women of the Weeping River, Balangiga The Howling Wind, Cleaners & Babae At Baril.