Winners: Viddsee Juree Awards Philippines 2020

Viddsee Juree Awards Philippines 2020 broadcasted live their awarding ceremony on Viddsee, YouTube and Facebook last September 13.

James Allen Fajardo’s “The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea” won the gold award. Jury citation: “A meditative film that leaves the audience with a desire to know more, this coming-of-age is set against the backdrop of land-grabbing, abuse of authority and personal injustice that comes with the curious case of a teenage boy. Like a storm that melts away before it makes landfall, this film set in a disputed coastal community had brewing issues left for the audience to resolve.

The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea
The Boy Who Bleeds in the Middle of the Sea

Followed by the silver award for  Cynthia Saluba’s “Day of Danger (Petsa de Peligro).” Jury citation: “A beautifully assembled film thanks to its sleek editing, great actors and exciting pace that’s very accessible, this dark comedy about a young prostitute who accidentally killed a dirty old politician in the middle of an intercourse, was indeed a success in many departments.”

Day of Danger
Day of Danger

Fajardo received 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. While Saluba received the Viddsee Filmmaker Silver Kit. This includes a Silver Plaque, Adobe’s 12-month Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, and exclusive Viddsee merchandise.

“Peter’s Last Semester” (dir. Ken Leviste) wins Special Mention Prize at Viddsee Juree Awards Philippines 2020 . Jury citation: “One of the silent casualties of the pandemic, access to education is right under everyone’s noses in this deeply divided country. Shot entirely during lockdown, with the director juggling as his own actor, this emotionally-charged film makes it crystal clear how education favors the privileged more so during this time.

The Audience Choice Award, determined through public voting went to Christian Paul Lim’s “Sixteen (DIECISÉIS).”

Juree Philippines 2020 list of official selection includes “Heist School” by Julius Renomeron and “Walk” by Martina Espanya, which are both part of Cinema Centenario’s Maginhawa Film Festival Official Selection in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

You can watch online the complete film selection on Viddsee.

The Viddsee Jureee Awards 2020 {A.K.A. “Juree”)  is dedicated in showcasing short films from Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, connecting and enriching the Asian film community.

Since its launching in 2017, it has expanded its platform not just online but through exciting events for the whole film community and film enthusiasts alike. But due to the ongoing pandemic crisis, this year’s Juree only took place online. Viddsee,  a video entertainment platform, definitely made sure to still make the event interesting and engaging by having watch-parties, insightful podcasts and online awarding ceremonies.

The judges who enjoyed watching the films and for sure had a hard time deciding are: (1) Mandy Marahimim, Indonesian filmmaker and producer, (2) Jade Castro, Filipino filmmaker and creative consultant, and (3) Eseel Borlasa, US-based PR and marketing professional for film and music.

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