Filipino filmmaker Raymund Ribay Gutierrez attended the Golden Globe Awards for the first time bearing great news. He is now represented by a Hollywood agent which he secured after winning the Orizzonti Special Jury prize at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
“Excited ako na maka-meet ng mga taong puwedeng makatulong sa akin na makagawa ng pelikula. Excited din ako na makagawa ng something na puwedeng ipalabas sa Amerika at the same time, puwede din sa Pilipinas,” said Gutierrez.
(I am excited to meet people who can help me make films. I am also excited to make something that can be shown in America and at the same time, the Philippines.)
His film “Verdict” was also the Philippines’ entry to the academy awards international film category.
The 26-year old Filipino film director said he is learning as much as he can about the business of filmmaking in Hollywood but aims to stay close to his goal of making films that have value.
“'Yung makatotohanang istorya, 'yung may kabuluhan (A story that is realistic, sensible). Pero in the real world, hindi puwedeng masunod lahat ng gusto ko (But in the real world, not everything I want can happen), so I might as well learn how to balance the entertainment and the relevance of creating a film,” he said.
Verdict’s successful exhibition in different film festivals earned him contacts and opportunities, including being chosen as one of the 6 international directors to be part of the Film Independent and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) Residency Program.
The HFPA is supporting outstanding talents from all over the world through the program.
“We’re happy that Raymund got in for ‘Verdict’ and also all the other aspiring filmmakers who are going to make a name for themselves and for their own country. So we’re developing that and we’re proud of that project,” said HFPA member Janet Nepales.
The victory of South Korea’s “Parasite” and the great reception of the “The Farewell” at the Golden Globes is a boon for international filmmakers.
“The emergence of Asians in cinema is a nice trend to look forward to. We need films to entertain us and at the same time to educate us especially with what’s going right now,” added Nepales.
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