Ditsi Carolino

Ditsi Carolino is a leading documentary filmmaker in the Philippines. Her films, mostly on human rights, are critically acclaimed, awarded in international film festivals and have been broadcast by the BBC and Al Jazeera. Ditsi studied sociology at the University of the Philippines and documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the U.K on a Chevening Scholarship. Riles: Life on the Tracks (2002), which was screened in many film festivals, won the Royal Television Award for Best Student Factual Film in the UK and was subsequently broadcast by the BBC, is her graduation film.


Martika Ramirez Escobar

is a filmmaker-cinematographer based in Manila. After she graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, her thesis film “Stone Heart" competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and won Best Film at Cinemalaya. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents, Asian Film Academy, Southeast Asian Film Lab and is a recipient of the Purin Pictures Film Fund. Her first feature film "Leonor Will Never Die" had its world premiere at Sundance, where it won the Special Jury Award for Innovative Spirit. Most of her works are bizarre reflections on her relationship with cinema.


Zig Dulay

Zig Dulay is a filmmaker from Philippines known for creating provocative regional films thatexplore socio-political and cultural issues. In his early career, he gained local and internationalcritical attention for his screenwriting potentials as he penned numerous screenplays such asEkstra (The Bit Player), Posas (Shackled), Qwerty, Kasal (The Commitment) and Ad Ignorantiam. After collaborating with acclaimed directors, he wrote and directed numerous award-winning films including Missing, M. (Mother’s Maiden Name), Bambanti (Scarecrow), Paglipay (Crossing), Bagahe (The Baggage), Akin ang Korona (The Crown is Mine) and Black Rainbow. He also helmed the hit cultural-drama series of the Philippines’ biggest TV network entitled Sahaya, Legal Wives and Maria Clara at Ibarra. Recently, he was invited to be one of the international jury members of Vesoul International Film Festival for Asian Cinema 2022 in France.


Lavrente Indico Diaz a.k.a Lav Diaz

is a filmmaker from the Philippines who was born and raised in Cotabato, Mindanao. He works as director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor all at once. His films are about the social and political struggles of his motherland and through these, he has garnered the admiration of the international festival circuit. Since 1998 he has directed twelve films, and won several international awards. His 2002 film Batang West Side won Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, plus awards at the Independent Film Festival of Brussels, Gawad Urian, and Cinemanila International Film Festival. He also received a Gawad Urian for his 2005 film Evolution of a Filipino Family and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One. In 2013, his film Norte, The End of History is presented at Un Certain regard Cannes Film Festival and considered as “one of the most beautiful film seen in Cannes” (Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde) The following year, his eight-hour film “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize in Berlin International Film Festival and “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (TheWoman Who Left) bagged the Golden Lion Prize in the Venice International FilmFestival, the oldest film festival in the world.


Dr. Gary Devilles

Dr. Gary Devilles is an associate professor of the Filipino Department of Ateneo de Manila University. He is the author of Sensing Manila, published by Ateneo University Press, which won the Best Book in Literary Criticism in the recent 39th National Book Awards. He is also the author of Pasakalye: Isang Paglalayag sa Kasaysayang ng Panitikang Filipino and co-editor of Roland Tolentino in Kritikal na Espasyo ng Kulturang Popular, both published by Ateneo University Press. He took up AB Philosophy and MA in Filipino Literature in Ateneo de Manila University and his PhD in Media Studies in La Trobe University, Australia. Gary is the chair of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, a 45 year-old film critics group that gives the annual Gawad Urian.