Watch All the Winners of the First Globe Independent Film Fest Here!

When we think of independent festivals, we instantly think of Cinemalaya or Cinema One Originals. There are many others, of course, but most focus on screening them in cinemas or smaller venues. No one has thought of tapping the social media power of the Philippines. That is, until Globe created the Globe Independent Film Fest (GIFF).

The GIFF is a different kind of film festival. It maximized the online platform to allow amateur filmmakers share quality films and reach a wider audience online. The best part? It’s free for people to watch it whenever, right on their devices.

For its inaugural run, GIFF accepted over 200 entries for Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Webisode, Narrative, and Music Video. It announced the winners on April 6 at the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City.

And since it’s all online, you can watch the winners for free below!

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“Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” to Be Aired on TV; “Wacky Races” to Return

I’m still on a Wicked high after seeing the musical twice in Manila. I’m listening to the soundtrack nonstop, and I can’t wait to finish the book I’m currently reading so I can get started on Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, the novel where the musical is based from. To complete the experience, I’m also excited to watch Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, an animated series that’s about to hit TV screens soon!

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FOX Launches FOX+, A Streaming Service For the Latest in Entertainment

When I started working in digital, I thought I would have more free time because I work largely from home. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as I found myself working longer hours, especially during the weekend. Somewhere along the way, I had an epiphany and told myself that I shouldn’t work this way. Working like a madman, from the moment I wake up to the second I have to sleep, made me less passionate and less interested in my work.

I recently started this movement called Take Back the Weekend, where I allowed myself time to free myself from deadlines and writing. My ideal activity? Either reading a book or a magazine, listening to a podcast, or watching a movie or a TV show. For the last one, I have many sources of entertainment, but I welcomed a new addition to my streaming family: FOX+.

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10 Great Shows You Can Watch on Warner TV

Whenever I have a free day, I pick up a book or a magazine, or park myself in bed to stream movies and TV shows. That wasn’t always the case. When I was younger, I relied on books and TV (as in the actual TV set) for entertainment after school or during weekends. Lately, I’ve been missing the thrill of opening the set and being forced to watch whatever is on, instead of sifting through the content on Netflix and HOOQ. Of course, I can always switch channels, but I would still have to select one and wait for it to finish before going to the next. This may sound primitive to younger generations, but this was a great way to discover new movies and shows.

Recently, I’ve been hit with the nostalgia bug so I decided to spend a few days parked on the couch. One of my new go-to channels was Warner TV, where I found an excellent mix of old and new favorites.

Below are 10 great shows you can catch on Warner TV:

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Meet the 6 Young Filipinas Competing to Become the Next Disney Princess!

I find myself incredibly lucky to have grown up in the Disney era, where I watched movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and TV shows like Lizzie McGuire and That’s So Raven. Girls my age were hit by the Disney Princess bug, and I’ve visited my fair share of bedrooms (as a friend) decorated with all sorts of Princess accoutrements. No surprise, because my formative years were the Disney Renaissance Era, which produced Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan.

What I love about Disney is how adapts to the modern times. When it released the Princesses of the Modern Era, they were not the usual damsel-in-distress type. They were fiercely independent and brave. Hello, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida! Technically, Elsa from Frozen is a queen, but she fits this bill, especially when she haughtily proclaimed, “You can’t marry a guy you just met.”

Now, Disney is continuing its strong and independent phase with Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream, a digital reality show produced by Globe Studios in collaboration with Disney and Maker Studios. Inspired by Disney Princesses, the show follows six young girls who pursue their dreams with the help of Disney Legend Lea Salonga; host, vlogger, and ate Janina Vela; and experts in the field where the girls want to excel in.

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Netflix Launches A Series of Unfortunate Events + Watch it For Free This Weekend!

When you want quality television, the name that escapes one’s lips is Netflix. Since 2013, they have produced Netflix Originals, a series of movies and shows that have upped the ante in terms of storytelling and production. Some of my favorite Netflix shows are House of Cards, Stranger Things, and The Crown, and there are plenty more on my lineup. The latest addition? The TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

In Netflix’s tradition, the network has released all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, and the reviews have been stellar. The Telegraph calls it a “delicious gothic romp,” while The Economist calls it “vivacious” and “detailed.” The reviews are hardly surprising. The Crown was dubbed the most expensive series to film, so I expected Netflix to pull out all the stops in producing this whimsical series of novels turned movie turned TV series.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the international best-selling children’s novels by Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snicket), and follows the Baudelaire siblings after the mysterious deaths of their parents. They are adopted by their eccentric relative Count Olaf, who stops at nothing to get their inheritance. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny must outsmart Count Olaf’s disguises and plans as they investigate their parents’ deaths.

Noted actor, singer, and television host Neil Patrick Harris takes on the demanding role of Count Olaf, while Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are played by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith. Patrick Warburton plays Lemony Snicket, the show’s omniscient host.

This Saturday, Globe and Netflix are hosting an outdoor screening of A Series of Unfortunate Events‘ first two episodes at the Globe ICONIC Store from 3PM to 10PM. The event is free for everyone, so bring your friends and family!

If you can’t make it tomorrow, you can watch all eight episodes on Netflix by subscribing to Globe Home Broadband’s plans, starting at P1,299, where you can watch the A Series of Unfortunate Events and other Netflix shows. If you subscribe, you also get six months free access to HOOQ (watch the Lino Brocka films!) and the NBA League Pass.

I can’t wait to binge watch this series!

For more information on Globe Broadband, visit the website at www.globe.com.ph/broadband, call the hotline at 730-1010, or visit any Globe store.

MMFF 2016 Review: Seklusyon

You know an Erik Matti film when you see one: it has action, a social issue, and a moody atmosphere. Seklusyon has all these and a whole lot of scares.

Matti’s Seklusyon is set in 1947, and follows four young deacons as they go on their seclusion, a one-week retreat in a remote location. It’s a ritual done by aspiring priests so they can stay away from the devil’s temptations, which is known to be strongest on the last seven days before they enter priesthood. They are supposed to live in peace, until a young healer named Anghela Sta. Ana and her companion Madre Cecilia join them. Soon, the deacons experience supernatural events, with evil forces preying on their deepest fears and darkest secrets.

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MMFF 2016 Review: Vince & Kath & James

Vince & Kath & James operates on a premise that we’ve seen a million times: guy is in love with girl, but girl is in love with guy’s best friend (in this case, cousin). This movie could have failed because of its old material, but shines because of its stars and their undeniable chemistry.

Theodore Boborol’s Vince & Kath & James follows Vince (Joshua Garcia), an engineering student in love with his classmate Kath (Julia Barretto). When Kath wins the Mister and Miss Engineering pageant, his cousin Vince (Ronnie Alonte) falls for her, and asks Vince to send anonymous messages to flirt with her on his behalf.

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