Topics: Independent film, Film, Sundance Film Festival Pages: 3 (954 words) Published: February 25, 2013
Pinoy indie films vie for international awards

Three critically acclaimed indie films will be vying for awards at various international film festivals aboard. Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” has been nominated for the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival’s (BIFF) Cinema Fairbindet Award and the Best First Feature Award for addressing a global issue and encourages discussion in an extraordinary way. The BIFF will be held in Berlin, Germany from Feb. 9 to 19, 2012. 

The film is also nominated at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) for the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, which is currently running until Oct. 14. 

Likewise, the film will be exhibited in the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) to be held on Oct. 6-14, screening under the A Window on Asian Cinema category; the Hawaii International Film Festival on Oct. 13-23; the Tokyo Film Festival on Oct. 22-30; and the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy on April 20-28, 2012. 

Alvin Yapan’s “Gayuma,” on the other hand, snagged a nomination in the 27th Warsaw International Film Festival’s Free Spirit Section. 

Lastly, Auraeus Solito’s “Busong” will also be screened at the BIFF on Oct. 11 and 12. It is also slated to have its Canadian premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival to be held in Toronto from Oct. 19-23.

An indie movie is an independently produced film with a minimal shooting budget. The producers often must procure all of the financing, which means investing in the film themselves or finding outside backers. The director usually agrees to waive his or her usual union-mandated fee or offers to work for a percentage of the film's profits, if there are any. Similarly, the writers, production staff and actors involved all agree to work for minimal union scale wages or other compensation. Indie movies often benefit from remaining independent of a major film studio. Many of the themes...
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