Antoinette Jadaone, Geo Lomuntad
Spanning four lifetimes and timelines in Philippine history, a Babaylan/ teacher/ lesbian A-Student/ future doctor searches for her soulmate as she is haunted by her memories, fears, and regrets, set against a parallel backdrop of her country’s history.
Based in Manila, Philippines, Dan Villegas started as an award winning cinematographer before directing his first feature film, the coming-of-age “Mayohan (Maytime)” in 2010. It was awarded Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Music, and Best Actress in the Cinemalaya Film Festival. In 2014, Dan directed the sleeper hit, “English Only, Please,” which won him Best Director. He has since directed box-office hits for the biggest studios in the Philippines – “The Break- Up Playlist,” “How to be Yours,” and “Always Be My Maybe,” which was named one of the best Filipino films of 2016 by CNN Philippines. His 2018 hit “Exes Baggage” earned over 7 million USD worldwide. Romance drama “Walang Forever (There Is No Forever)” was in competition at the 2016 Osaka Asian Film Festival and won Best Picture at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival. In 2014, Dan co-produced That Thing Called Tadhana (That Thing Called Meant-to-Be) with Bianca Balbuena, one of the country’s highest grossing independent films of all time. With a budget of 134,00 USD, “That Thing Called Meant to Be” grossed 8,000,0000 USD worldwide. This began Dan’s love for producing, having helped create a film that shaped the modern romance genre in the Philippines.
In 2017, with fellow filmmaker and “That Thing Called Tadhana” director Antoinette Jadaone, he founded Project 8 Projects, a production house that caters to both mainstream and independent films alike. Dan and Antoinette first produced “Changing Partners” for Cinemaone Originals, and then followed that up with the blockbuster “Never Not Love You,” which not only garnered box office success, but also critical praise.
Dan has since produced quite a number of films, from independents like “Lucid” (which won at the Austin Asian Film Festival), “The Hospice” the horror that bagged the Best Supporting Award at the Cinemaone Originals Film Festival and “Heaven’s Waiting,” an audience choice and Best Actor winner at the QCinema International Film Festival and The Golden Samartian at the Orenburg International Film Festival.
GEO LOMUNTAD is a young producer, who started out as a script supervisor in Manila, Philippines. In 2018, he was an associate producer for Bianca Balbuena in co- production films Fan Girl (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020) and Boldstar (CJ Entertainment Prize, Asian Project Market 2019, and Berlinale Co-Production Market 2020). He has attended Berlinale Talents Tokyo and Busan Asian Film School, where he developed his feature project, Me and Lilibeth. In 2021, his short film “I Get So Sad Sometimes” has won Best Short Film at QCinema International Film Festival. His first produced feature film The Missing (Iti Mapukpukaw), which competed and won Best Film, NETPAC Jury Award and Best Supporting Actress for Dolly de Leon, is the Philippines’ official entry to the 96th Academy Awards. His mission is to champion more Filipino films around the world.