With the popularity of TikTok as content stream, where just about anyone is a filmmaker and anything and everything is filmed, it’s understandable to not expect much from the finalists of the Nespresso Talents 2021. And yet this year’s harvest of 2 to 3-minute vertical narratives proves that good filmmakers will shine no matter the platform.
The theme for the 6th edition of the Nespresso-organized tilt is “Doing Is Everything.” Rooted in the challenging realities we’ve been dealing with, it sends the message that even the smallest action can create an extraordinary positive change in the lives of others.
The competition’s grand winner is “Napamata Ako sa Sadit na Kinaban (I Woke Up On A Little Planet)” by Arjanmar H. Rebeta, a Bikolano photographer and filmmaker from Cabusao, Camarines Sur. His film tells the story of a man who wakes up on a little planet and finds nothing interesting—and so he sleeps on it. Eventually, he realizes he should have taken action from the beginning, because the planet depends on the person living in it.
According to veteran director, screenwriter, and author Jose Javier Reyes, he and other judges picked the movie not only for its technical innovation but more so for its ability to use the vertical frame in a manner which has never been explored before, and not seen in the other entries.Rebeta in his acceptance speech says the film is his personal story as much as it is yours and mine. “Ito ang panahon na halos wala na tayong nagawa. Nakulong tayo. Lumiit ang mundo natin,” he says. The message he’d like to impart is a message of hope—that the pandemic or whatever challenges we’re experiencing should not stop us from doing what we can and what we love. “Tayo mismo ang magpapalaya sa sarili natin. Sa dulo, babalik ang normal, babalik yung ikaw.”
Second prize went to the film “Ma” by Dexter Paul De Jesus, a licensed Mechanical Engineer who has been a passionate filmmaker since college. The film tells the story of a son’s longing to spend time with his mother who hasn’t come home for months due to her job as medical worker. De Jesus says “Ma” was inspired by his frontliner mom.
The third prize winner is “Special Delivery” by Gerald Foliente (Sinematika Inc.). Foliente is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Digital Filmmaking at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. His film revolves around a delivery man who gets into a minor accident, but the resulting pain doesn’t hinder his determination to finish his deliveries for the day.
The grand winner received a cash prize (PHP) equivalent to 1,500€, followed by 1,000€ for the runner-up, and 500€ for the third placer. All three winners received Nespresso machines and coffee on top of a well-deserved trophy.
Aside from Joey Reyes, the jury was composed of multi-awarded filmmaker Quark Henares, actress, producer, director, screenwriter, and author Bela Padilla, along with Novateur Coffee Concepts Managing Director Patrick Pesengco and Nespresso South East Asia Regional Business Development Manager Fabio de Gregorio. Nespresso Talents Philippines received a total of 71 film entries this year.
To view the works of the winners, check out this link www.nespresso.com/talents.