/ 26 May 2022

With the evolution of technology in this day and age filmmaking and content creation have become more and more appealing to the younger generation. And with Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts GoWATCH Film Lab, aspiring filmmakers will now have the opportunity to widen their knowledge in the art of cinematography.

Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts is an interactive platform created to house all fun, innovative, educational, and passion-based experiences from Globe Prepaid. The said platform has conducted numerous learning programs such as GoESPORTS Game On! Training Camp for ESports streamers and casters; GoHUSTLE Boss Up Bootcamp for entrepreneurs; GoKOREAN K-Fashion Institute for Korean fashion lovers; and the recently concluded musical talent search called GoJAM On Stage.

And on May 21, Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts launched its fifth pillar and learning program—GoWATCH Film Lab. With the goal of helping emerging creatives who desire to tell their stories through the art of cinema. The film lab consists of four workshop sessions on specific filmmaking techniques to be facilitated by acclaimed filmmakers Jade Castro, director of Endo (2007) and LSS (2019), JP Habac, best known for his works Maria (2017), I’m Drunk, I Love You (2017), Antoinette Jadaone, the mind behind Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011) and That Thing Called Tadhana (2014), and Erik Matti, the director of BuyBust (2018) and Honor Thy Father (2015).

According to Head of Globe Prepaid, Ms. Givielle Florida, “It’s time for our cinephiles and emerging filmmakers to take the spotlight. We want to give them the world-class mentorship that they deserve.”

The GoWATCH Film Lab is part of Globe’s continuing mission to give a platform to cinema artists to express their perspectives. In 2019, Globe’s film production arm, Globe Studios, now called ANIMA, launched its first-ever Short Film Lab during the .giff Festival of New Cinema. ANIMA is Globe Prepaid’s partner in putting up this year’s GoWATCH Film Lab.

“We believe that the Gen Z’ers have a strong and unique voice,” said ANIMA Executive Director Quark Henares. “(During our 2019 Short Film Lab), we paired our participants with seasoned filmmakers for a hands-on mentorship to guide them from their short film’s concept and script development, to finding their audiences here and abroad. For the GoWATCH Film Lab, we are extending the same opportunity to our participants.”

The four-part workshop sessions are just the beginning. Participants have a chance to pitch their own story, wherein selected finalists will face a jury of industry players, for a chance to win a script development mentorship plus a PHP 200,000 seed grant.

The Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts GoWATCH Film Lab is open to individuals 16 to 27 years old who have a story to tell and who are interested in finding and developing their voices and talents in filmmaking. To register, visit www.globevirtualhangouts.ph. Registration is open from May 21 to June 1, 2022; the actual film lab will be held on June 4-5 and June 11–12, 2022.