MANILA, 28 February 2022 — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Center revealed today the six (6) distinguished judges for the Klima Film Festival 2021. They are as follows:
·Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes, Chairperson of the National Panel of Technical Experts
Dr. Nantes is currently the President of Southern Luzon State University. A recipient of the Most Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, her specializations include Human Geography of Disasters, Natural Hazards, Environmental Migration and Rural-Urban Dynamics in Cities and Developing Agricultural Regions.
·Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, Executive Director of the Oscar M. Lopez Center
Dr. Lasco is a pioneering and multi-awarded scientist with more than 36 years of experience at the national and international level. He is an author of several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines.
·Ms. Mary Liza B. Diño, Chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines
As the current Chairperson and CEO of FDCP, Ms. Diño streamlined the agency's existing programs and aggressively conceptualized and implemented new, sustainable programs and initiatives that encompassed all areas of film industry development, from policies and legislation, training and education, international alliances and collaborations, workers' welfare and information, and support for Filipino filmmakers in all aspects.
·Ms. Honey M. Castro, Chief of Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division of the Philippine Commission on Women
With 20 years of experience in the government service, Ms. Castro is an expert in gender and development, communications, and advocacy management.
·Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino, Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute and member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Dr. Tolentino is currently a Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He has written extensively on Philippine cinema, literature, and popular culture producing more than 90 publications. Some of his works include “Like/Unlike: Kuwentong Facebook at Politika ng Agam-agam” (2014), “Almanak ng Isang Aktibista” (2011), and “Sakit ng Kalingkingan: 100 Dagli sa Edad ng Krisis” (2005).He is also a member of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
·Ms. Sari Raissa LL. Dalena, Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute and an independent filmmaker
Ms. Dalena is currently a Professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. She won twice at the URIAN Film Awards for two short films: “Asong Simbahan” and “Mumunting Krus”. Her first feature-length documentary, “Memories of a Forgotten War,” had the honor of being the closing film at the Documentary Fortnight in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Memories of a Forgotten War and From Asia With Love are being distributed by Third World Newsreel. Her short film “Kamikaze” was selected at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Market.
The esteemed jurors, hailed from the science and film industry, evaluated the short films for their cinematic attributes and technical execution, story and content, impact, as well as gender considerations.
Aside from the Best Film, these judges shall also determine the winners of the special awards including Best in Climate Advocacy, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Performance, Best Musical Scoring, Best Production Design, and Gender Balance Award.
Catch the winning films during the KFF 2021 Awarding Ceremony on March 11, 2022 at 1:00-3:00 PM via Zoom and Facebook Live through the pages of the Climate Change Commission and Oscar M. Lopez Center, in collaboration with iWant TFC, as the KFF’s Official Media Partner, and the Support CCC II Project implemented jointly by the CCC and the GIZ Philippines.
The Klima Film Festival, a joint initiative with the OML Center started last year, aims to mobilize the youth in amplifying the importance of local climate solutions to further increase their influence on local climate policy-making, and generate local climate adaptation stories as viewed by young Filipino filmmakers by providing venue for the production and promotion of climate science-based short films.
For more information about the Klima Film Festival, visit the Facebook Page of the Climate Change Commission at facebook.com/CCCPhl, its website at https://climate.gov.ph/events/klima-film-festival/kff-2021, or message the KFF Secretariat at [email protected]