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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 23, 2022



ARE YOU an aspiring filmmaker? Then this would be a BIG help for you to fulfill your dream.  

Globe Prepaid Virtual Hangouts, Gen Z's exclusive interactive platform that houses all fun, innovative, educational and passion-based experiences from Globe Prepaid, has launched the GoWATCH Film Lab, a learning program for 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 expert filmmakers Jade Castro, JP Habac, Antoinette Jadaone and Erik Matti. 

GoWATCH Film Lab is the Globe Prepaid's fifth pillar and learning program under its Virtual Hangouts platform. 

In the past it conducted the 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.

Head of Globe Prepaid Ms. Givielle Florida declares: “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,” says ANIMA Executive Director Quark Henares, an accomplished filmmaker himself. 

“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 will 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 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. 

“Young filmmakers today are so lucky they have film labs like this now to help them out as they start in their career,” says Direk Jade Castro. “Kami noon, walang ganito.”

And that's so true. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this rare opportunity to cultivate and hone your skills as a filmmaker!!!!