2017 Festival Jury

Circle Competition

Erik Matti
Erik Matti
Erik Matti rose to prominence when his 1996 film Magic Temple became a box office success, winning numerous awards including "Best Screenplay" (shared with Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes) at the 1996 Metro Manila Film Festival. He became one of the Philippines' lead directors after the critical success of his later films On the Job and Honor Thy Father, which earned him nominations for Best Director in the Gawad Urian Awards and Film Academy of the Philippines Awards, winning the latter. His latest film, Seklusyon, won big in the last Metro Manila Film Festival.
Najwa Abubakar
Najwa Abubakar
Najwa first joined Astro in 2006 from PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia and is a qualified accountant. In her current dual role as the Head of Astro Shaw and Vice President of the COO’s Office at Measat Broadcast Network Systems (MBNS), Najwa is responsible for the strategy and direction of the film business. Astro Shaw and MBNS are wholly owned subsidiaries of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (AMH), South East Asia's leading media platform and content producer.
Najwa returned to AMH in April 2013 from various new media and business development roles in Singapore for StarHub and HBO Asia respectively. Her key achievements in Singapore include managing the new media content strategy and operations for StarHub and managing the Asian rollout of HBOGO for HBO Asia.
Davy Chou
Davy Chou
Davy Chou is a French-Cambodian director born in 1983. He is the grandson of Van Chann, who mysteriously disappeared in 1969. Davy Chou only discovered in his teens that his grandfather had been one of Cambodia's leading film producers in the 1960s.
Golden Slumbers, his first film, is a documentary on the birth of the Cambodian cinema during the ‘60s and its brutal disappearance under the Khmer Rouge dictatorship in 1975. His short film Cambodia 2099, already shot in Diamond Island, Phnom Penh, was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014.
Axel Estein
Axel Estein
Studied Japanology, History, Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Asian Studies at Humboldt Universität Berlin. Founding member, co-publisher of Splatting Image. Organizer of Howl: Weekend of Fear film festivals (1991 – 1995). Consulting, curating, organizing festivals like Exground, Asian Hot Shots, Interfilm, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Tampere Film Festival Philippine Focus and many other events since 1989. Contributor to various printed and web-based matter (national, international). Lecturer (national, international). Organized first complete retrospectives of Lav Diaz (2008) and Brillante Mendoza (2010) in Germany. Member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Served on juries for several film festivals worldwide. Lives in Berlin and Manila.

Asian Next Wave Competition

Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui is a film critic and writer, and is the bureau chief for the The Hollywood Reporter.
He has been FIPRESCI jury for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vladivostok Pacific Meridian International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Berlin Film Festival. In 2016, he curated a programme about the Albanian National Film Archive.
Philbert Dy
Philbert Dy
Philbert Dy has been reviewing movies since 2007. In 2009, he took part in the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Young Critics Program. His work has been published in a wide range of both local and international film publications, and he is currently a writer-at-large in Esquire Philippines. Is the co-curator of the New Filipino Cinema at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
He sees every movie that opens in local cinemas, because no one else will.
Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Sigrid Andrea Bernardo is a Filipina writer-director. She has a fantastic style which freely mixes moods and genres in a funny, touching, honest, crazy, and outrageous way!
Sigrid’s feature film debut, ANITA’S LAST CHA CHA (2013), screened literally all around the world. It is a charmingly funny and melancholy film about a 12-year-old girl who falls in love with a woman who recently moved to town. Years later, the girldhood crush finally blossoms. One year later followed Sigrid’s next feature film LORNA, a dramedy about the complicated romantic life of a woman in her 60s.
Her third film, Kita Kita, became the highest grossing independently produced Filipino film of all time.

RainbowQC Competition

Johnny Symons
Johnny Symons
Johnny Symons is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker focusing on LGBT cultural and political issues. His feature documentary DADDY & PAPA was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, aired on PBS and international television, and garnered more than a dozen festival awards. His film BEYOND CONCEPTION premiered at the Florida Film Festival and broadcast on Discovery Channel. ASK NOT won four festival awards, aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and screened on Capitol Hill for members of Congress. He co-produced the Academy Award® nominated LONG NIGHT’S JOURNEY INTO DAY, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Most recently, his film OUT RUN (directed/produced with S. Leo Chiang) premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Johnny graduated with honors from Brown University and has a master’s in documentary production from Stanford. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, where he is Coordinator of the Documentary Program and Director of the Queer Cinema Institute.
J. Neil Garcia
J. Neil Garcia
Garcia is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including Closet Quivers (1992), Our Lady of the Carnival (1996), The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), and Misterios and Other Poems (2005). Garcia's groundbreaking study, Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996), was awarded a National Book Award by the Manila Critics Circle in 1996. An editor of the famous Ladlad series of Filipino gay writing, Garcia also edited for the Likhaan, the following anthologies: The Likhaan Book of Philippine Criticism (1992–1997) and The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction (1998 and 2000).
Garcia is currently working on a full-length book, a post-colonial survey and analysis of Philippine poetry in English. Professor Garcia has won several literary awards including the Palanca and the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle. He has also received grants and fellowships to deliver lectures in Taipei, Hawaii, Berkeley, Manchester, Cambridge, Leiden and Bangkok.
Ray Yeung
Ray Yeung
Ray Yeung is a MFA graduate of Columbia University with a major in Film Directing. His first feature film, Cut Sleeve Boys (2005), had its premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2006), which won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival (2006) and Best Actor at the Madrid LGBT Film Festival (2006). The film was released internationally.
YEUNG’s second film, FRONT COVER (2015) premiered at Seattle International Film Festival (2015). The film received 5 awards including Best Screenplay at the FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival (2016), the Audience Award at Boston Asian American Film Festival (2016) and the Jury Award for Best Domestic Feature at Outflix Film Festival (2016). It was sold globally, including a theatrical release by Strand in the USA and Edko in Hong Kong. YEUNG has directed eight award-winning short films and is also the chairman of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

QC Shorts Competition

Alessandra De Rossi
Alessandra De Rossi
Alessandra De Rossi is an actress, model, and singer. She has won numerous international and local awards. In 2012, she won Best Actress in the Asean International Film Festival and Awards for Sta. Nina. In 2014, she was awarded the Best Actress winner of QCinema for Mauban Ang Resiko. In 2017, she starred in Kita Kita, which became the highest grossing Filipino indie film of all time.
Axel Estein
Axel Estein
Studied Japanology, History, Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Asian Studies at Humboldt Universität Berlin. Founding member, co-publisher of Splatting Image. Organizer of Howl: Weekend of Fear film festivals (1991 – 1995). Consulting, curating, organizing festivals like Exground, Asian Hot Shots, Interfilm, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Tampere Film Festival Philippine Focus and many other events since 1989. Contributor to various printed and web-based matter (national, international). Lecturer (national, international). Organized first complete retrospectives of Lav Diaz (2008) and Brillante Mendoza (2010) in Germany. Member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). Served on juries for several film festivals worldwide. Lives in Berlin and Manila.
Quark Henares
Quark Henares
Quark Henares is a multi-award winning writer and filmmaker. He has directed and co-written five films for the biggest studios in the Philippines, including the serial killer romantic comedy Keka and Rakenrol-- his love letter to the Philippine indie band scene. He also co-created and acted as showrunner for the TV series Mad Mad Fun for Singapore-based network AXN and Rakista for TV5; and has directed more than 100 music videos and commercials for bands such as Sandwich, Sugar Free and Imago, and brands such as Head and Shoulders, Metrobank and Vitwater.
He is also an entrepreneur (with the photo studio Blow Up and the media school SHIFT), a musician (his band Us-2 Evil-0 has an LP out called Dirty Debutantes) , a college professor (both at the Ateneo de Manila University and SHIFT), a journalist (most notably for The Philippine Star and Esquire) and a radio/TV host (Fil-Am Jams in LA, Tease and Let's Fun in the Philippines).