2017 FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmakers Movement Award Nominees and Jury


SAVE-THE DATE:  November 10, 2017

FilAm Creations 2: A Filmmakers Movement

Encore Screening and Awards Presentation  

Advanced Online Tickets: $10.00 +fees (www.filamcreations2.eventbrite.com)

Tickets At The Door Tickets: $20.00 (cash/paypal/venmo only)

After the successful premiere screening of 14 new short films presented by FilAm Creative at the 2nd Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF), the encore screening and awards presentation will be held at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Cinemas located at 6355 Bellingham Avenue in North Hollywood, CA this Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 7pm-11pm.






Owen Alabado                     Light Skinned

Dale Fabrigar                       Lullaby

Mike Kuya                            Who To Love

Meriden Villanueva             The Coconut Chick

Vince Yap                              Move That Body



Aina Dumlao                        Who To Love

Noreen Lanie                       Lullaby

Kara Lorenzana                   Understanding Color

Tessa Sugay                          Light Skinned

Meriden Villanueva             The Coconut Chick



Albert Kong                          The Ones That Get Away

Mike Kuya                             Who To Love

Andio Manguray                  On The Road Again

Muni Zano                            Understanding Color



Rommel Andaya                  Who To Love

Vince Cruz                            The Coconut Chick

Dale Fabrigar                       Lullaby

Charles Gray                        The Ones That Get Away

Melanie Lim                         Understanding Color



Fall Out


Move That Body

The Ones That Get Away

Understanding Color

Who To Love



A jury of esteemed Filipino professionals active and established in the film industry were chosen to select the films to be screened and the awards to be given.


Gerry Maravilla is an independent filmmaker and the Head of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark, a subscription video streaming and crowdfunding platform with the highest crowdfunding success rate in the business (75%!). As an independent filmmaker, Gerry ran a successful campaign on Seed&Spark for his short film, “Cross”, the story of Filipino-American backyard boxer in the San Fernando Valley. It recently completed a cross country festival run. His most recent short, “Desert” raised over $500 for the non-profit RAINN as part of a charity screening. Gerry joined the Seed&Spark team in 2015 where he advises filmmakers in reaching their audience building and crowdfunding goals.


Quark Henares is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and directed feature films such as My CandidateRakenrol and Keka. He also created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filming he’s also a musician, columnist, DJ,  entrepreneur and professor at the Ateneo de Manila University.   He is currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and television arm of Globe Telecom.


Dexter Adriano is a veteran television and film Editor who has been working in Hollywood since the early 1990’s. He is currently an Editor for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D./ABC.  He began his editing career at Concorde/New Horizons, the company of renowned filmmaker Roger Corman and went on to work as an Assistant Editor for the television show CLUELESS and the motion pictures SELENA and THREE KINGS (the latter for which he received an Associate Editor credit). His editing credits also include LIZZIE McGUIRE, JONAS, UNFABULOUS, PHIL OF THE FUTURE, PSYCH and the hit CW TV show, ARROW. He was a co-executive producer for the first Filipino American film, THE DEBUT. And, he is also the Director/Executive Producer/Co-Creator of the web series, SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY which was shown on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel.


Patrick Epino is an American filmmaker. His feature film Mr. Sadman made for the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Independent Filmmaker Labs is a satirical dark comedy about a Sadam Hussein body-double loses his job and moves to Los Angeles in search of a new start. Epino was selected by the film magazine The Independent as one of its “10 Filmmakers to Watch” for that film. Along with Stephen Dypiangco he makes up the “National Film Society”[ which is part of PBS and makes original web content related to films, filmmaking and film festivals that is viewable online.

Epino’s most recent film (and also web series), which he co-wrote and co-directed with Stephen Dypiangco, is Awesome Asian Bad Guys, which stars a number of Asian American actors who played villains in 1980-1990s action movies, such as Al LeongYuji Okumoto and George Cheung. The film/series also stars Tamlyn TomitaDante BascoRandall Park, Aaron Takahashi and more.

Epino is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned his MFA in Cinema from the film program at San Francisco State University. He is also from San Francisco, California and is of Filipino American descent.



Bernard is from Santa Clara, California. He is a writer and director, known for Leave It to Chance (2005), Sounds We Have No Letters For (2015) and Aswang Next Door (2017). He earned an MFA for Writing and Producing TV at Loyola Marymount University, a Professional Program Certificate in Screenwriting at UCLA and a Certificate in Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. He has also interned for Kaplan Stahler Agency and Justin Lin’s Perform Storm Entertainment.


Jasmine Nadua Trice is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. Based on two and a half years of research in Manila, Trice’s current book project is titled City of Screens: National Cinema and Global Culture in Contemporary Manila, Philippines. Contextualized within Manila’s growing independent film scene, it considers how links between cinema and nation are forged through local systems of circulation, examining sites such as the pirated DVD district, art house screening spaces, film festivals and mall multiplexes.

She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation received Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies at the 2009-10 Dissertation Award competition.




  1. Entries must be under 7 mins or under including credits
  2. The Writer, Director and Star must be of Filipino origin or descent. A list of Filipino writer, director, star will be confirmed by FAC on the application.
  3. Entries are by FilAm Creative members only



  1. No jury member may have any direct connection to the creation of any film in competition
  2. No jury member may be a judge of the larger LAPIFF program



Each film was rated on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest) in each of the 4 categories below. Then average out the scores for a final score.


  1. Storytelling


* Does the story have a clear structure and plot?

* Are the characters adequately developed and relevant?

* Is the story original and engaging?

* Are the images arranged logically and effectively in a way that fits the purpose of the film?

* Does the film have pace and continuity?


  1. Creativity/Originality


* Does the writing and direction use imaginative and creative ways to convey the theme?

* Does the film exhibit originality?

* Does the film display innovative ideas or story telling techniques?


  1. Performances


* Are the actor(s) or subject(s) properly cast/chosen to execute the story?

* Are the actors believable? If a documentary, are the subjects effective as characters in the film?

* Did the performances rise above mediocre to an extraordinary level?


  1. Technical Quality


* Cinematography

o Is the camera used properly and are the shots framed and focused?

o Are close-ups and camera angles used to add meaning to the story?

o Is the lighting and camera positioning visually effective?

* Editing

o Does the editing help to clarify the story and enhance the pacing and flow of the story?

o Are transitions smooth and well-paced or distracting?

* Audio, Music, Sound Effects

o Does the audio and soundtrack complement the story?

o Is the dialogue and/or narration clear and easy to understand?

o If there are sound effects, are they appropriate to the story or do they detract from the film?



Judges selected their top 3 choices in each category.

  1. Best Actor
  2. Best Actress
  3. Best Director
  4. Best Screenplay
  5. Best Film


Award Scoring

A number 1 choice = 3 pts.

A number 2 choice = 2 pts.

A number 3 choice = 1 pt.


The points were added up and the selection with the most points wins the award.



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