Asian Next Wave Competition
Bolisay teaches film at the University of the Philippines and is one of the artistic directors of the collective Cinema Is Incomplete. As a writer and film critic, he has participated in film festivals in Berlin, Locarno, Hong Kong, Jeonju, Berwick, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cebu, and Manila. His first book, Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film, was published in 2019.
Phan Dang Di
PHAN Dang Di directed the short WHEN I AM 20 (2006, Venice Orrizonti) before making his award-winning directorial debut BI, DON’T BE AFRAID (2010, Cannes Critics’ Week). His second feature BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES (2015) was in Berlin Competition. He also wrote the script for Bui Thac Chuyen’s ADRIFT (2009, Venice Orrizonti).
Programming Director - Skip City International D-Cinema Festival
After graduating from Nihon University College of Art, Hasegawa started working in the International Sales and Purchasing division at Toei Company in 1999. In 2006, he joined Unijapan as the Project Manager of J-Pitch, promoting Japanese film projects to the international market.
In 2009 and 2010, he served as the Director of Tokyo Project Gathering, the project market of TIFFCOM. In 2011, he joined the programming team of Skip City International D-Cinema Festival where he sits as the Programming Director since 2017.
Lee is the most-awarded scriptwriter in the Philippines. He has written more than 180 produced film scripts, earning him more than 70 trophies from award-giving bodies, including life achievement awards from the Cinemanila International Film Festival, the Gawad Urian, the UP Gawad Plaridel, the Gawad CCP, and others.
Among Ricky’s films are Himala, Anak, Jose Rizal, Muru-Ami, Dubai, Nasaan Ka Man, and Bagong Buwan. Himala won the CNN Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time in 2011.
Ricky is the author of the scriptwriting manual, Trip to Quiapo, which is both a bestseller and a required text in communication courses in the Philippines.
Ricky wrote three best-selling novels: Para Kay B (O Kung Paano Dinevastate ng Pag-ibig ang 4 Out of 5 sa Atin); Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata; Kung Alam N’yo Lang; and Bahay ni Marta. He also wrote the libretto and lyrics of Himala: Isang Musikal, which won eight Gawad Buhay Awards this year.
Ricky works for ABS-CBN. He was the Creative Manager of such shows as Lobo, Maging Sino Ka Man, Magkaribal, Maalaala Mo Kaya, The Greatest Love and others. He was also a creative consultant for Star Cinema for more than a decade.
Since 1982, Ricky has been conducting free scriptwriting workshops for beginning writers, producing hundreds of graduates who now work for TV and film.
Marty is currently programmer for the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). She was the programmer at London’s Terracotta Far East Film Festival (2008-2014). She specialised in Korean and South-east Asian cinema, and their monthly Asian film club. She served as consultant for ‘Hong Kong 15 Film Festival’ in 2012 and for the London East Asia Film Festival launching edition. She has worked over 15 years in the film industry and gained all around background working for two of the largest independent distributors of Asian films in the United Kingdom. She started her career as a publicist for major film labels and media agencies in London and went on to move into acquisitions and product manager with Terracotta Distribution where she is involved in the exhibition and distribution of nationwide theatrical and home entertainment releases. She also works with Third Window Films, the largest distributor of Japanese films in the UK, as press officer promoting films from renowned to independent Japanese directors.
Dalena is a Filipina independent filmmaker from Manila. She has screened her works internationally in Asia and the U.S. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Film at the New York University under a Fulbright-Hayes scholarship. She was honored as one of the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s 13 Artists Awards in 2000 and received Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film in 2001. She recently received the Grand Prize Starr Foundation Award from the World Studio Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship for 2002-2003. Other works include Attack Champion (2000), Bullet Days (2001), Kamikaze (2002), From Asia with Love (2002) and Memories of a Forgotten War (2001), co-directed with Camilla Benolirao Griggers.
Sabayton is an actor, comedian, host, and director. Some of his works are Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), Blue Bustamante (2013) and Dormitoryo: Mga Walang Katapusang Kwarto (2017). He is also known as “Bayaw” for his show B.A.Y.A.W for President, a NEWS5 advocacy campaign. It features Sabayton as a candidate running under the B.A.Y.A.W. or Bagong Alyansang Ayaw sa Walang Hiya platform.
Benjamin Tolentino is a filmmaker and film editor who has worked on the films Bendor (2015), Tandem (2015), Die Beautiful (2016) and Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (2014).