A Festival Director
.GIFF FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA
Quark Henares is a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having written and directed feature films such as My Candidate, Rakenrol and Keka. He also created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. When he isn’t filming he’s also a musician, columnist, DJ, entrepreneur and professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and television arm of Globe Telecom.
Film and Video Program Head
Armi Rae Cacanindin is a producer from the Philippines specializing in international co-productions. An alumni of Asian Film Academy, Berlinale Talents, Talents Tokyo, she has presented projects in La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, TorinoFilmLab, Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum, DMZ Docs, Cinefondation’s L’Atelier, IDFA Forum and IDFAcademy Summer School.
She’s produced feature and short films for the past 8 years, including Jodilerks dela Cruz, Employee of the Month(Semaine dela Critique 2017, Toronto IFF 2017 and won Best Southeast Asian Short at SGIFF 2017, Special Mention of the Jury at USA Golden Gate Awards and Best Short Film at Cinemalaya Film Festival 2018), The Imminent Immanent (Toronto IFF 2018, Best Short film at the BRNO 16 – International short film festival in Czech Republic) and Reminiscens of the Green Revolution (Toronto IFF 2019, Jogjakarta IFF 2019).
She is Globe Studios’ head of long form productions (film and series).
Derek Tumala is a trans-disciplinary artist working in the intersection of art, science and technology with crossing interests in the applied arts and community initiatives. His visual approaches and conceptual derivatives convey an account of exploration, a tangible experience, a sensory reflection. He participated in various platforms such as apexart NY Fellowship, Art Basel Hong Kong, Salzburg Global Seminar, FLAME HK Video Art Fair, Tokyo Design Week, Beyond Time Residency Poland, Formosa 101 Taipei, Art Fair Philippines, London Biennale Manila Pollination, Cultural Center of the Philippines and 98B Collaboratory. Apart from his practice as a visual artist, he initiated Mvltiverse, a multimedia collective experiments with the moving image and STEAM/Projects, a collective of scientists-artists working in art and technology based in Manila.